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Khadijah Mellah

Jockey, United Kingdom

Khadijah is a British jockey. She was the first hijab-wearing jockey in a competitive British horse race. Despite her being wholly new to horse-racing, incredibly she won the race (the Magnolia Cup) on her mount Haverland. She became an instant inspiration to British female Muslims as to what might be achievable within the parameters of her religion. Khadijah’s story was the subject of the TV documentary Riding the Dream first broadcast on the afternoon of Saturday 16 November 2019.