If you don’t ask, you won’t get. – Julianne Horsman
For the past five years friends and family have been suggesting I seek a job in the horse racing industry. I am a journalist by trade but spend my spare time at the racetrack. I had always resisted though because I feared making my favourite pastime my job would somehow alter the enjoyment I got from it.
How wrong I was.
In August 2016 I was lucky enough to be seated next to Racing NSW’s CEO Peter V’Landys at the Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism. I was unhappy in my job so I took the plunge and asked if I could work for him instead. He told me to write a pitch about what I could do for Racing NSW so I did. Three months later I started as a Media Executive at Racing NSW and haven’t looked back.
One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is working on the Country Championships. The series sees the best bush-trained horses compete for a spot in the $400,000 Grand Final at Royal Randwick. A horse I have a share in, Bank On Henry, made the final last year and it was such a thrill. Watching owners experience that same excitement this time around fills me with joy. One of the best stories of the year came out of the Dubbo heat. A horse named Stoneyrise travelled literally from the back of Bourke to win the race. It’s going to take him three days of driving to get to Randwick to compete in the final.
Racing is a great unifier and can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life and I feel privileged to be able to meet them and tell their stories.
Since I started my new job I have also decided on a new life motto – if you don’t ask, you won’t get.
Media & Communications Executive at Racing NSW
Director at YPR | Young Professionals in Racing
The Country Championships – Racing NSW
Keep your eyes peeled for Julianne at the track.
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