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How long have you been an Ambassador to the Festival? I’ve been involved with the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nayhan Festival now for about two months. Lara Sawaya has such energy and she just pulls everyone along with her. The venue has been perfect and the racetrack here in Abu Dhabi is wonderful. This is one of the top ten horseracing events I have ever been to, particularly now since stepping away from racing, as I now have such an a appreciation of it. What’s your view on female jockeys in the USA, as it has been very hard to progress in the UK until recently... I decided that individually [my success] really inspires people, but the bigger picture is it’s just a chink in the armour.

Realistically any girl that makes it is always going to be their own success story, other than the inspiration that I can give them, you know like Julie Krone did it or Rosie [Napravnik] did it, I don’t think I can do anymore than that. Rosie and I are so different and she used to hate that comparison in the beginning. I inspire people individually, but they have to make their own way. What’s your connection with Arabians? I was born and raised with Arabians, the first races I rode in were at the tiny fair tracks, with Arabians and thoroughbreds and quarter horses. One of my first winners was an Arabian when I was 15 years old. My mum taught circus tricks with Arabian horses and I used to do tricks on them and my half Arabian pony when I was little, so it’s like I have

THE ARABIAN RACEHORSE

Profile for The Arabian Racehorse

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.

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.