Up and coming apprentice jockey Julie Burke has been named as the recipient of the Kyne Wilson Scholarship for 2011.
It is the second year the award has been presented by Beverley racecourse. The award is in memory of apprentice jockeys Jamie Kyne and Jan Wilson who died in a fire in Yorkshire in September 2009.
The scholarship supports a Yorkshire-based apprentice jockey each year and includes sponsorship and support. It is worth around £4,000.
Twenty-one-year-old Julie rides for Thirsk-based trainer Kevin Ryan. She moved from County Kildare to England in July for more riding opportunities and has already ridden 14 winners from 80 rides.
“It is a real honour to be riding in memory of Jan and Jamie next season and I will do my very best to do them proud,” she said. “I am pleased to be associated with Beverley racecourse and hope I can notch up a few winners there. The scholarship is a fantastic idea and I am sure that I will really benefit from it.”
Sally Iggulden, chief executive of the Beverley Race Company, which runs the racecourse, added: “The Kyne Wilson Scholarship presents a unique and exciting opportunity for young people to get on and better themselves in the tough world of horseracing.
“Jan and Jamie will never be forgotten in the industry, and supporting apprentice jockeys seems an appropriate legacy.”