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Mills waiting for the jockeys briefing in Abu Dhabi

I still haven’t quite got my head around the Women of the Future Awards, it was not something that I expected to happen at all. I was extremely excited to get the nomination, but to then get on the shortlist was absolutely brilliant. I think the winner, Danielle Brown, is amazing. She is a double Paralympic Gold Medalist, a three-time World Champion, who had been the world number one in her sport of archery for her entire career. To be considered alongside athletes of that calibre made me feel really proud. Through these awards also I’ve been invited to a talk at the Foreign and Common Wealth Office in London to do with women and equality which will be interesting. Do you think things are changing for women in horseracing now? I think particularly on the Flat, they are becoming more accepted because of

the weight issue. The girls can do the weight, they work really hard at their fitness, going to the gym so they can ride at full strength. We’ve got some good fit girls. When you look at someone like Josephine Gordon (who won the 2016 UK Flat Apprentice title for Thoroughbred racing), who I used to work with before she started riding as a jockey, she has an amazing attitude towards work and has always been a good rider. She has achieved a phenomenal amount. Jump racing is slowly getting there, but even when I took out my professional licence, the other girls riding all have a family connection to support them with rides. Those boundaries are starting to come down now and there are some really good horsewomen out there who are now getting chances to prove themselves.

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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.

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.