JOCKEY Joe Fanning, a native of Roundwood, has achieved deserved recognition across the pond for his riding skills
Riding out for Martin Johnson, one of the top stables in England, he has been honoured with the prestigious all-weather jockey title.
In a head to head with Luke Morris he clinched the title in some style on Friday when bringing up an impressive double in Lingfield.
Starting the last day of the all-weather season with 87 wins, just one better than Luke Morris, he demonstrated his stamina and skills as a jockey by powering Ostentation and Danube River across the line for another two marvellous victories.
His cv of 89 wins was far better than the previoius best set in the 2007/8 all-weather season by Chris Catlin who racked up 72 wins
Joe Fanning, who is in his late 30s, took up jockeying after finishing school having developed his interest in horses from his late father, also named Joe, who was a horse trainer with his own stables on the outskirts of Roundwood at Toghermore
He started his apprenticeship in this country after finishing school and then moved to England before joining the stables of Martin Johnson.
Joe Fanning is the only son of the late Joe and Carmel Fanning and has three sisters.