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After lunch the second session on ‘Jockeys - High Performance Athletes - At The Top’ was moderated by Gary Capewell. Panellists included Remi Bellocq, Exec. Director of the North American Racing Academy, Melissa Weatherly, Athlete Development and Industry Careers Advisor, Racing Victoria, Anna Velasquez, School Director, Puerto Rico Jockey School, UAE-based jockey and Festival Ambassador Richard Mullen and American Julie Krone (Hall of Fame jockey, Ambassador of HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival).

Krone [above] was recently appointed HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival Ambassador, and kept the audience enthralled with her livley recounting of her experiences. As a jockey who started of her career racing Arabians on the Fiar circuit in Michigan and then moved to thoroughbreds, she was all praise for the Festival which has given

a wonderful opportunity for the racing industry to debate the various aspects of training, research and other allied issues. She recommended that if one wanted to be successful "you should trust your horsemanship, pay attention to smallest details and engage totally with your horse.” Mullen encouraged the audience "to never give up on their dreams and keep pursuing."

Whilst Bellocq [above] expressed that racing schools were doing a tremendous job in boosting the performance of the jockeys. "But talent is most essential in the racing field." The panel advised the jockeys to focus on the physical fitness and know what kinds of exercise suit them. They all unanimously felt that the jockeys need to be strong and they must not compromise their ambitions to become good jockeys.

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The Arabian Racehorse Issue 20  

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The Arabian Racehorse Issue 20  

The only regular digital publication to give full coverage of all the Arabian Racing Organisation fixtures and single races in the UK.