The Karen Darke

  • Number of horses 1
  • Number of shares 20
  • Average cost per horse 90,000
  • Cost per share £9,950
  • Available shares Yes

Karen was always a keen runner and climber, but aged 21 she fell from a cliff whilst climbing and became paralysed from the chest down. The accident did not thwart her love for adventure and with creativity, hard work, and a strong perseverance Karen has proved that almost anything  is still possible. A full-time athlete with the British Para-Cycling Team Karen won silver at London 2012 and then became Paralympic Champion in the Handcycling road race at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Despite being a fully committed athlete Karen continues to push boundaries in exploration. Her adventures include climbing El Captain Mountain in Yosemite National Park in 2008, biking through the Himalayas on hand bikes,  a three-month odyssey kayaking from Canada to Alaska, a 1250km journey through Patagonian in 2016, and she has recently completed  an adventure following Australia’s Murray River, on bike and boat.


Richard Junior is well known for his ability to train two-year-olds, sending out over 100 juvenile winners in 2014 and 2015, but he is certainly no one trick pony and the exploits of Group 1 winners Ventura Storm, Pether’s Moon, Night Of Thunder, Toronado and Olympic Glory are testament to that. Most recently he surprised the racing world when Billesdon Brook stormed to victory in this year’s 1,000 Guineas at 66-1. Richard continues to train a prolific number of winners, last season just falling short of 200 and in the process winning over £3,000,000 in prize money. Stable visits continue to be as jovial as ever, with champagne and sausages in abundance!


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