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8 WOMEN IN RACING YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

 

FNQ is fortunate to have so many outstanding females who contribute to making the horse racing industry a more diverse and richer environment.

To mark the occasion, the Cairns Jockey Club has shone the spotlight on eight prominent local women, to discuss their recent achievements, the significance of International Womenโ€™s Day, and what they hope to see for women in the industry going forward.

 

Photo credit: Peter Roy Photography

KRYSTEN SWAFFER

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ ?
Iโ€™m an Apprentice Jockey which involves race riding, as well as stable hand duties in the afternoons.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐–๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ?
Recognising and celebrating the achievements of women in all their diversities and the contributions we women make each day to society.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ?
At the last 2 race meetings in Cairns, I rode a double each day for the boss and team – 4/02 on Hard Yaga and Desert Cowboy and 18/02 on Alexandra Margaret and Desert Cowboy.

๐–๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ?
Michelle Payne was the first woman in racing to inspire me for the fact she never took no for an answer when people doubted her abilities. As well as Jamie Kah who really inspires us female jockeys and makes us proud to be women succeeding in what once was a male-only sport.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ?
Itโ€™s a male-dominated sport, you have to prove yourself twice as much as male jockeys to receive the same opportunities.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ซ?
Last year when I won the CJC Apprentice of the Year which was a great achievement for my first-year race riding.

 

KRYSTIN ALLENDER

๐Ÿ. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ ?
Iโ€™m a Trainer and trackwork rider. I also work on race days as a barrier attendant and clerk of the course.

๐Ÿ. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ˆ๐–๐ƒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ?
A day to recognise women who work hard to achieve their goals no matter the obstacles and to appreciate the women that have stood up for equal rights and proven women are just as capable as men. These are the women who have made it easier for the younger generation coming through the industry to succeed and be heard.

๐Ÿ‘. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ?
In the last four months I have had the most success so far in my training career with six winners in Love Flies, Inching Closer and Danger One.

๐Ÿ’. ๐–๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ?
One of my biggest inspirations is someone I class as family, a trainer from Linton, Victoria – Kylie Vella. She is a woman that never gives up no matter what she encounters in life. She is a true inspiration and I hope that I can be as strong and hard working as she has always been.

๐Ÿ“. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ?
The main challenge for women in racing is the few men in the game that still like to say women arenโ€™t strong enough and shouldnโ€™t be doing it. Negativity from men can make women think they arenโ€™t good enough, however, most women will use that negativity to prove that we are just as capable.

๐Ÿ”. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ซ?
My most recent win at Townsville with Danger One on the 12/02. This horse has been a huge challenge. After I got him he put a hole in his tendon, I was told he probably wouldnโ€™t race again so I got a second opinion giving him a 70% chance. I did a full tendon rehab program and got him back to the races and finally to the winnerโ€™s stall. The hard work, persistence and patience paid off.

 

TINA WALLIN

๐Ÿ. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ ?
Iโ€™m trainer Stephen Massinghamโ€™s partner so I assist with a little bit of everything! From stable hand, strapper and owner duties, to assisting with paperwork.

๐Ÿ. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ˆ๐–๐ƒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ?
Not only recognising and celebrating the achievements of women in the racing industry but for all women who are working, raising families, contributing and being successful in society.

๐Ÿ‘. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ?
For me seeing our horses take to the track in great order, looking well and getting around safely is a success. Having happy healthy horses is where it starts.

๐Ÿ’. ๐–๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ?
All women in the racing industry inspire me, this is a male dominated industry, women generally must work a little harder to prove themselves. I do admire Michelle Payne โ€“ her Melbourne Cup win is a very special memory for me. My father in-law Pop Massingham passed away the day before. I backed the $101 shot. So many people doubted Michelle Payne and she went out and gave it her best!

๐Ÿ“. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ซ?
Being an owner, stable hand/strapper to North Qldโ€™s Cult Hero โ€œTHE HARROVIANโ€. In 2019 we won the Townsville Cup, Cairns Cup and the Cairns Amateur Cup with Big H and in 2021 he took us to the All Star Mile in Melbourne! Not much can top this.

๐Ÿ”. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐?
More women in the industry! If you are thinking about getting involved, just do it. You meet great people and there is a whole lot of fun to be had.

Why not head trackside to celebrate #IWD2022 and the achievements of women across the globe including those in the racing industry.

Gates open 12 noon with 7 fantastic horse races.

Air-conditioned seating, bar, TAB, bookmaker and cafe facilities available.

Women receive free entry.

Tickets available at the gate
General Admission: $10
Pensioners: $5
Children Under 15: Free

Written by Jules Steer

Jules Steer is the Publisher of Oasis Magazine. With a career in Business Development spanning three decades, she's stressed, #blessed, and coffee obsessed โ˜•

A solo mum of four "determined", "focussed" and "energetic" young kids, she is often found with her head in her hands, lamenting her latest parenting fail.

A cricket-loving hip-hop tragic, very ordinary triathlete and champion cheerleader of all things #Cairns, Jules is easily recharged with Shiraz and Vodka - sometimes in the same glass.

Warning: Most situations get sweary quickly.

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