Poppy Bridgwater To Switch From Flat To The Jumps

Poppy Bridgwater

Apprentice rider Poppy Bridgwater has announced that she will trade the flat to start a career over jumps when the season starts up again Britain.

The 21 year old rider managed to gain 40 wins on the flat last season but now she hopes to join Nigel Twiston-Davies from the 1st July.

She is following in the footsteps of her father, who was a former jumps jockey and now is a dual purpose trainer that managed to gain a winner at the Cheltenham festival this year.

(Credit Racing Post) Bridgwater, who began riding on the Flat in 2014, said: "I've always grown up with jump racing and it's been in the back of my mind. Over lockdown I've done a lot of schooling for Dad and loved it.

"I'm 5ft 8in and my weight was creeping up on me. It had become a daily struggle, so I thought I'd give jumping a go. I used to do a lot of showjumping when I was younger.

"I've enjoyed my time on the Flat but I'm a bit older and it seems like the way to go. Dad said he'll put me up on as many as he can and hopefully I'll be working for Nigel Twiston-Davies, who my dad rode for."