Q&A with TIC Cadet Taylor
Cadet Taylor Turner is spending her stable placement with Godolphin where she’s learning just how much work goes into preparing a horse for a race. It’s led to Taylor getting to ride out on the pony as she prepares for the next step toward her ultimate goal of riding track work.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 is 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗮𝘆?
The best part of my day is getting to pony the horses out onto the track. I love getting to work with the horses and riders on a different level and really enjoy knowing I’m helping them all have a much smoother, safer ride.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴?
I’ve realised that there is so much more that goes into sending a horse to a race then I first thought. So many different components are involved as well as so many people doing work behind the scenes just to get a single horse to one race. This has also opened my eyes to the many other opportunities available that I previously didn’t know about in the racing industry.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘂𝗽 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴?
Knowing I’ll get to work with my favourite horses every day and do what I love is definitely my biggest motivator to get out of bed in the mornings.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗷𝗼𝗯 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝘆?
My least favourite job of the day is digging out the boxes. It can be a very stinky job, and wet sawdust can get very heavy!
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝗺𝗯𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆?
My current ambition is to become a full time track rider. I am currently on the pony at work, so I’m slowly getting there!