THIRTEEN-year old Dingle jockey Jack Kennedy swept the boards last week by claiming the title of Irish Field National Champion Jockey 2012, solidifying his position as Ireland's premier jockey on the horse and pony circuit.
And as if this national title wasn't enough, the prodigious teenager has also claimed the overall horse and overall pony champion jockey titles in the Southern Region making it an unprecedented record-breaking year for the talented youngster.
Jack, the son of Billy and Liz Kennedy, Spa Road, has amassed an incredible 45 wins this year, claiming the national title after the last meet of the racing season at Asdee.
Jack's father Billy spoke of his immense pride following Jack's astonishing feat in claiming the national title.
"It's a fantastic achievement, he is only 13 and has been competing since he was nine," said Billy, "his first race was at Béal Bán in Ballyferriter where he rode for Tom Baker."
Jack currently races for Dingle's Garry Boyle, David Granville and his father Billy. He also races for Jerry and Aileen Daly, Sharon and Pat Lordon (Cork) and Baile an Lochaigh's John Moriarty.
Jack has worked hard throughout the year, balancing his career as a jockey with school life as a second year student in Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne.
"He has done so well for a fellow of his age but he has worked hard to get there; it really has been a great year for all of us," Billy added.
This has been a record breaking season for Jack and he has certainly captured the attention of his peers amassing a host of champion jockey titles from Broadford, Co. Limerick to Ballyglunin, Co. Galway and practically everywhere in between.
"Jack's own pony, Molly's Dream, has also had a great year winning 13 out of 14 races, including Dingle and Glenbeigh," Billy added. "The only race they didn't win together this year was at Béal Bán but we'll be looking forward to rectifying that next year."