Redefining the racing landscape
WHEN Michelle Payne crossed the finish line of the Melbourne Cup in 2015, she created history for females in the horse racing industry signalling the beginning of a new era.
Payne was able to open doors that previously didn’t seem feasible and women in racing will hopefully reap the benefits of her triumph for decades to come.
As historic as her win was, there have been a great number of women who have been stalwarts in the racing industry well before Prince of Penzance’s win at Flemington, many of whom are at the heart of country racing.
Void of the glitz and glamour that comes with a metropolitan meet, there are an abundance of country female trainers, jockeys and owners who have established a lengthy and successful career without the heaping praise, and the Surat region is no exception.
One such woman who has stood the test of time in Roma is owner Amy Webb, who has been involved in the
❝I have been around horses my entire life, more so from a social aspect of going to meets when I was younger and from there I developed a real passion for the sport.
town’s racing industry for the better part of 15 years.
“I have been around horses my entire life, more so from a social aspect of going to meets when I was younger and from there I developed a real passion for the sport,” she said.
Asked as to what has been a big reason for increased women representation in racing, Mrs Webb alluded to females earning notoriety the right way, through performance and a strong commitment to the profession.
— Amy Webb
“There’s definitely more involvement from women in racing these days, I think when it comes to say, jockeys, physically they are sought-after because of their lighter frames,” she said.
“On top of that, someone like Michelle Payne winning the Melbourne Cup excited so many young women around the country and instilled in them a belief that they could do anything, and that a future in the racing industry was a real possibility.”
With experienced and prominent figures such as Amy Webb and many like her involved in country racing, prosperous years for the sport in town’s like Roma are likely to occur.
SUCCESS IN NUMBERS: The owners (including Amy Webb), jockey and trainer of the horse Hot Vinni.