From the Editor
Welcome to the Summer Issue of Ladies in RACING Magazine, which we are sure you will enjoy. How exciting it is for women within the racing industry with the historic win by Michelle Payne in the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup. Her name is now a household word and the media attention she has generated is enormous. Every news and current affairs channel across all stations, featured an interview and the famous speech she made after her win. Michelle has certainly helped pave the way for future female jockeys and women who want to be a part of this exciting industry. We share part of her journey starting on page 6. Michelle generously shared her win with brother Stevie who is one of the strappers of Prince of Penzance, we bring you the story of one of his other strappers, Maddie Raymond starting on page 14. Seven days after Michelle became the first lady jockey to win the Melbourne Cup another Victorian, harness driver Kerryn Manning won Harness Racing’s equivalent, The New Zealand Trotting Cup. Her story starts on page 42. Once again Sharon Lee Chapman from Fast Track Photography has provided us with some amazing images of her time over the Spring Racing Carnival, with a selection from the main days and some interesting behind the scene images. Sharon Lee used a “steps app” on her phone and she actually walked over 15 kilometres per day photographing each event over the Carnival. Sharon Lee also travelled to Birdsville with equine artist Janet Hammill for their Carnival and her pictorials staring on page 76, demonstrates the vastness of this outback town, where the population swells from 100 to around 7,000 for this unique two day event. Who really owns your horse? Every racehorse owner should read the article on page 26 written by Anette English from Thoroughbred Legal that explains the Personal Properties Security Act 2009. Don’t be caught out. Many thanks and congratulations go to the hardworking Cairns Amateurs team for a fantastic four days of fun, fashion and races. Once again the Cairns Amateurs took out the Tropical North Queensland Tourism Award for Major Festivals & Events, for the third consecutive year. Congratulations and a big thank you to Graeme Thornton and Christine Buddle for their wonderful hospitality. We have a colourful fashion pictorial on pages 82, 83 and we will bring you a story on this fantastic event in our AutumnWinter Issue and hope you join them in 2016. A first on my racing travels was a trip to Northam, Western Australia, situated on the way to Kalgoorlie and only two hours’ drive from Perth. I was invited to attend the 2015 Gannon’s Ladies Day as a guest judge of Fashions on the Field, having the pleasure of meeting many of the ladies we have written stories on in previous issues; including Roz Bynder, Nikki Gogan and female jockey Lucy Warwick, who just happened to win The Gannon’s Cup on the day. We bring you a pictorial on pages 90, 91 and we will bring you a detailed story in our next issue. Thank you to the Northam Race Club and Secretary Nicole Bell, for their wonderful hospitality. With Summer here we can all look forward to great racing and I hope to see many of you over the Magic Millions Carnival, to be held at the Gold Coast Turf Club from January 1st -12th. For details of events see page 69. Congratulations to our past subscription winners who have each won a $300.00 Perri Cutten Voucher, Alison Roach, Anne Mcdonnell and Leonie Apps all from NSW, Margaret Wischusen and Sue Rees from Victoria and Karen Burke from QLD. Peter Harney from Ambassador Travel has given us five $300 Travel Vouchers that can be redeemed for any Ambassador Travel Group Racing Tour as advertised on their website. To subscribe see page 49. Ladies in RACING Magazine wishes you all a happy, safe and enjoyable, festive season.