He rode in Barbados at the very tender age of five (5) and today he now stands in full control of the horse-racing arena in Canada as he has been the champion jockey at Woodbine, Toronto several times since his very first ride in his hometown Barbados.
This may all sound quite fairy-tale oriented but it is indeed a dream come true for this young jockey from Barbados. In 1990 at the Garrison Savannah in Barbados, Patrick was historically the youngest rider ever to win the prestigious Cockspur Gold Cup (now the Sandy Lane Gold Cup).
January 3, 2004 was recognised as "Patrick Husbands Day" at the Garrison Savannah racetrack in Barbados. The day highlighted a jockey's challenge and a trio of races that involved several Woodbine-based riders. The Government of Barbados conferred upon him the accolade of Barbados Service Star (BSS) in the country's Independence Day honours' list. On New Year's Day, he took part in the second annual Barbados Jockey's Challenge, helping the home side defeat Team England 76-65 in the three-race event.
At Woodbine and Fort Erie, there is a large community from Barbados which Patrick has played a pivotal role in organising various jobs for such as trainers, grooms, exercise riders and hot walkers.
Clearly a man with a generous heart, Patrick is a significant donor to both the Hospital for Sick Kids and the Canadian Cancer Society.
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