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“People say to me, ‘why do you want to go ride horses when it’s your job?’” she said. “But it’s entirely different, it’s hard to explain to people that don’t do it. To me it’s a stress release, something I go out and really enjoy. “It’s personal. With racehorses you get on and off them and rarely stay on them for a long amount of time. You feel like you achieve a lot when they make the grade. I’m lucky because the two young ones I have could go a long way. If I had the time to do it outside of racing I’d love to take it as far as I could, just for the horses’ sake I’d like to see them reach their full potential.” Plenty of thoroughbreds find careers off the track in the equestrian sports. Kathy’s horses aren’t thoroughbreds, but one was sired by a World Cup show jumping champion stallion that was a thoroughbred. On the racetrack, Kathy was Sydney’s champion apprentice in 2004-05 and has been a part of the highly competitive Sydney scene for close to 17 years, winning well over 800 races. She’s won two Group 1s, the 2012 Coolmore Classic on Ofcourseican and the 2016 Vinery Stud Stakes on one of her favourites, Single Gaze, who she also rode into second place in the 2017 Caulfield Cup. Like horse racing, competition in equestrian sports is a great leveller. Kathy said, “You’re spending more than you’re earning, you’re doing it basically for a ribbon. But I have a lot of friends within the racing industry, that do it as well. The aim of the game in show jumping is to keep the poles up, that’s fairly simple to understand even for non-horsey people. “They either stay up or fall down, that’s it. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re on, if you can get around the track and keep the poles up you can beat anyone.” It’s clear once she does hang up the saddle there won’t be a day that goes by when Kathy isn’t involved with horses. “She’ll probably be even more involved. Perhaps she’s a future Olympian, but that doesn’t mean she’s anywhere near finished with horse racing yet. Kathy concluded, “It’s an open-ended question for me. I’m healthy and things are going well. I don’t have a timeframe on it, but I’ve been like that my whole career. “While I still love and enjoy it, I still want to keep riding. I started young, a lot of girls don’t start as young as Tracy and I. Longevity for a female jockey is not something that happens a lot and it’s something I’m really proud of.”

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