Teenager Khadijah Mellah First Mulsim Woman jockey British race with Hijab at Goodwood
Khadijah Mellah, the 18-year-old who won the Magnolia Cup charity race at Goodwood, is a teenager who has come a long way in a short time. Khadijah Mellah becomes first UK
jockey to wear hijab and wins race
Haverland ridden by jockey Khadijah Mellah (right) coming home to win the Magnolia Cup during day three of the Qatar Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse
CHICHESTER (England): Teenager Khadijah Mellah created history on Thursday, becoming the first Muslim woman to ride in a British race.
Wearing a hijab under her helmet the 18-year-old enjoyed a fairytale debut, steering Haverland to victory in the Magnolia Cup, just three months after first sitting on a racehorse.
“There are no words to describe it. I can’t believe it, to be fair,” she told RacingTV after being declared the winner of the charity event following a lengthy photofinish. “Ambitious women can make it and that is what I want to represent. I’ve had so much support and I can’t wait to see other stories of other women doing the same and getting into the industry.”
Mellah is a seven-year veteran of the Ebony Horse Club, a charity and community riding centre in Brixton in London overlooked by tower blocks on one side and a railway line on the other.
Speaking before writing her name in racing folklore she said: “There’s quite a stereotype around Muslim girls and cthem not being able to follow7 their sporting passions and dreams’.
“I want to be a role model to anyone who wants to do something that they wouldn’t initially believe was in their comfort zone and allow7 people to follow their aspirations and dreams.”
In September her focus is set to swatch from the racecourse to university and a mechanical engineering degree.
CHICHESTER: Haverland, ridden by British jockey Khadijah Mellah, coming home to win the Magnolia Cup, an amateur jockey’s charity race of the Qatar Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse, on Thursday.