Welcome to ‘Danielle Johnson – Jockey’Danielle Johnson is currently NZ’s leading jockey in the Jockeys Premiership. With 59 wins so far this season she has already amassed over 1 million dollars in stakes monies.
Origin Jockeys’ Series
December 2015 - Danielle will represent New Zealand in the inaugural 'Origin Jockeys’ Series' to run in Brisbane over the next four Saturdays.
At just 23 years of age, Danielle Johnson has established herself as one of the top jockeys riding in New Zealand – in fact, as of December 2014, she is leading the Jockeys Premiership with 60 winners and over $1m in winning stake money for the current season.
The 2013/2014 season was a breakthrough one which saw her more than double her number of winners from the previous season (95 vs 44) and finishing 5th in the Jockeys Premiership.
Danielle has amassed over $7 million in winning stake money with a career total of 444 winners (as of December 2014). Those winners include 22 in Group and Listed Races, notably the Group 1 Rydges Captain Cook Stakes for the last two years (2013 and 2014) aboard one of her favourites Shuka.
Highlight: Winning the Group 1 Captain Cook twice is definitely the highlight of her career, followed closely by the 4 winners in one day that she achieved at Ruakaka.
Stable Connections: Danielle rides regularly for Byerley Parks Peter and Dawn Williams, as well as the stables of Stephen Marsh in Cambridge.
Career Beginnings: Impressively, at the age of 18 Danielle rode Zoomin home to win the $50k Rotorua Challenge Plate.
More about Danielle
Ambitions: Danielle’s ambitions are to continue to ride well and keep bringing home the winners. A winter riding in Singapore is also on her list of ambitions .
Most Influential Person In Racing: The person she most admires in racing is her father, Peter Johnson; prior to his retirement, Peter was one of NZ’s most talented jockeys. He continues to be the single biggest influence in her career.
Leisure Times: The slightly built jockey’s favourite past times include lunching and enjoying nice champagne.