01488 681 748 16 Bridge Street, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0EG

William Newton

In 1977, following a year at Art School William Newton went to work for a racehorse trainer in Wiltshire.  He had ridden from an early age and the idea of becoming a jockey really appealed.  As luck would have it, he rode a winner on his first ride.  Two years later following a spell in Ireland, William took out a professional license.

Over the following years he rode a handful of winners each season, but sadly did not make it to the top ranks as a National Hunt Jockey.

For every jockey there is the last ride and William’s was in a novice hurdle at Chepstow in 1987.  There was frustration that one chapter was closing but a new and exciting chapter in his life was about to begin.

Jockey Steve Knight had won the Grand National that year on Maori Venture and he introduced William Newton to Jim Joel, who liking what he saw, asked William to make a bronze study of his National winner.  Two months later, Steve Cauthen won the Derby on Reference Point. He also commissioned a bronze of himself and his Derby winner cantering to the start.

These two high profile commissions together with other work that first year set the seal on William Newton’s future and he has been a full time sculptor ever since.

01488 681 748 16 Bridge Street, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0EG
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