After spending the last several months spending time being shown in theatres from Toronto’s International Film Festival to showings in California, U.S. steeplechasing fans finally have a chance to buy Being AP while helping out a few important racing organizations.
Available for purchase in North America for the first time, part of the proceeds from the Being AP movies purchased in the U.S. will go toward a donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP). Both causes are important to McCoy, with the former jockey currently the president of the UK’s Injured Jockeys Fund and a patron of the UK’s official OTTB charity, the Retraining of Racehorses (ROR).
“These are two very important causes that are close to the hearts of all involved in the film, we are delighted to be able to help,” said producer Nick Ryle.
The Retired Racehorse Project’s annual Thoroughbred “Makeover” will take place on Oct. 27 through 30 in Lexington, Ky. at the Kentucky Horse Park. It is the second year the Makeover has been held at the park.
"Bringing the story of AP McCoy to North American Thoroughbred lovers is brilliant. RRP is thrilled to have been selected as a recipient of funds from the sale of these DVD’s so that we can continue to promote Thoroughbreds in second careers and host the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium October 27-30 in Lexington, Kentucky,” said Steuart Pittman, president of the RRP.
A racing documentary, Being AP follows Sir Anthony McCoy through his final season as a steeplechasing jockey. Chasing his 20th consecutive championship at the time the documentary was filmed, the movie gives viewers an inside look at his final season as he struggled with the choice to retire and how it affected his family and colleagues.
Winning the Conditional Jump Jockeys Title in 1995 after moving to England from Ireland, McCoy became champion jockey for the first time the next year and continued to win that title every year he rode until retiring last year. During his career, set multiple records including the most winners in a season with 289 winners in 2002. The jockey retired with 4,358 winners over jumps and nine wins in flat races.
Awarded a knighthood on the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours list, McCoy is only the second jockey ever to be knighted with Sir Gordon Richards, who was knighted in 1953.
Those who wish to purchase Being AP can do so at www.BeingAP.com with free shipping offered until the end of October. DVDs purchased through Dec. 24 will have the opportunity to win an autographed copy of the DVD or Blu-Ray signed by McCoy.
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