JT McNamara was an Irish jockey who was paralyzed at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival has died at the age of 41.
McNamara is a father of three and was a leading amateur rider. He was injured after a fall at the Cheltenham Festival and was attacked by paralysis.
His two vertebrae in the neck were fractured after being thrown from his horse Galaxy Rock in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup on 14 March 2013.
A senior medical officer of the Irish Turf Club said, “I’ve just spoken to his wife Caroline and I can confirm JT passed away peacefully during the night.”
McNamara was one of the most popular jockeys. He rode four winners at the Cheltenham Festival, including guiding Teaforthree to victory in the 2012 National Hunt Chase.
He once told his friends that he wanted to retire in the summer of 2013. Unfortunately, a fateful fall ended his career.
A plaque above where he sat at Cheltenham celebrates his 16 winners at the track, including four at the Festival.