About Us

Mr Joel

Mr. H. J. Joel

Childwick Bury Estate

The Stud, Childwick Bury Estate

Royal Palace

Royal Palace - Derby winner 1967

Maori Venture

Maori Venture - The Grand National winner 1987

About Us

The Trust was established as a charity in 1985 by Mr. H.J. (Jim) Joel who was a highly successful racehorse owner and breeder based at his Stud on The Childwick Bury Estate in Hertfordshire.

He and his father Jack, won many Classic races and Jim Joel was one of only a handful of owners to have won both the Derby (in 1967) and the Grand National (in 1987) with Royal Palace and Maori Venture respectively.

Following his death at the age of 97 in March 1992, all funds from the sale of Mr. Joel’s estate were channelled into the Trust.

The Joel family had extensive business interests in South Africa since 1880 and his wish to help young people and families in need is reflected in the Objects of the Trust.

The Objects also show his keen personal interest in the welfare of people involved in the racing industry and the welfare and breeding of thoroughbred race horses.

The Trust has been able to distribute in excess of £56 million since 1992 to causes within the Objects set out by Mr. Joel.


  • John Wood
  • Michael Fiddes
  • Peter Anwyl-Harris
  • Alan Stranders
  • Clare Maurice
  • Mark Farmar