Taylor maid for the role
Perth Racing Ambassador Brittany Taylor, of Scarborough, helped kick off the 2017 Carnival at Ascot on Saturday. Her grandparents were horse trainers and her dad Jim Taylor was a jockey.
FOR Scarborough resident Brittany Taylor, there is no better time of the year than Spring Carnival.
The Perth Racing Ambassador and judge of Saturday’s Fashion on the Field helped kick off the 2017 Carnival at Ascot.
Having grown up in The Vines, the 23-year-old said it was her grandparents and father jockey Jim Taylor who introduced her to the sport when she was a baby.
“(My dad) had me in his arms on a horse when I was only eight weeks old, so horses have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember,” she said.
“I started working for Dad when I was 12 and haven’t left because I love it so much.
“Every morning I still ride track work for him.”
Miss Taylor said she was excited the season had begun.
“Spring in Perth is synonymous with racing at Ascot and I can’t wait to get outside and enjoy all the hospitality and entertainment action on course,” she said.
“My favourite thing about this time of year is the interest in racing from the general public.
“Huge crowds descend on Ascot to watch the sport we love and revel in the atmosphere of Spring Racing and the track really comes to life.”
With fashion also a huge part of the racing scene, Miss Taylor said the carnival was the perfect time for punters to don their finest and as a judge she looked for attention to detail and the ‘wow’ factor.
Spring is in the air and with it comes the fun and frivolity of the Spring Carnival. Perth Racing ambassador Brittany Taylor grew up on the track, being introduced to the sport when she was a baby. My family didn’t own horses, but I remember the excitement surrounding this time of the year. It was about the form guide, the race, and the fashion. However with the season comes negativity. Who can forget the death of Melbourne Cup favourite Admire Rakti in 2014. It was a sad moment for the sport and something that has left me conflicted. Having interviewed several jockeys, it’s apparent their love and safety of their horse is paramount. Two year ago then-Racing Australia chief executive Peter McGauran said the level of safety and veterinary care for racehorses was of the highest standard with only 3.5 per cent of them put down. Many of us are looking forward to the racing season, let's hope it’s remembered for good reasons.
Perth Racing Ambassador Brittany Taylor knows all about horse racing.