Tod Hewitt revolutionised race riding in Australasia

Born in Victoria 1879, Hewitt relocated to Southland at young age to become a jockey winning his first race ride.

By shortening his irons and moving the saddle forward, Tod adopted the crouch style used today. Tod became the Stead-Mason (both Hall of Famers) stable jockey, winning numerous big races on both sides of the Tasman.

Hewett won the NZ jockeys premiership in 1903-04. Then he rode successfully in Europe for half of the first 20 years of the 20th Century, winning big races in England (including the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket), Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, and Italy.

Hewett finished his career with 765 wins.