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Racing Staff Week: Joanna Mason

Tuesday 02 July 2019

What got you into racing and working with horses?
I don't think I had a choice in the matter. Born/ bred into it and well the rest is history. And I'm still in love with it now.

What is the best piece of advice you've received?
When I first started riding as an amateur many years ago I rode a piece of work with Paul Mulrennan. Asking for advice, he said to squeeze the horse like a tube of toothpaste, get lower and tip the saddle. And somehow that's stuck with me.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I think it would have to be winning the Epsom Derby on Tapis Libre 4 times, winning on him 10 times altogether, and being champion amateur jockey twice. I'm very grateful to grandad for giving me the chances to get to where I am today.

As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
I don't know whether I stole this idea off my sister or whether it was mine. But to be a sweet shop owner so I could have sweets whenever I wanted.

What personality characteristic has gotten you in the most trouble?
I'm not sure in too much trouble. But I always get told off for talking too much ..... but hey I'd rather be able to talk than not ?! I suppose it makes me me.

What's the one food you could never bring yourself to eat?
I not a big fan of fish .....so I think it would be Oysters.

What song do you have to sing along with when you hear it?
Oh god I have a singalong playlist on Spotify. So when I'm coming back from the races and feeling a bit tired I put the playlist on. But I think my best would have to be - Avril Lavigne, Sk8er Boi

What's the worst thing you did as a kid?
Well I never did it. But I was blamed for it. The concrete in the walker had just been laid and my brother Charlie decided it would be a good idea to go and walk round it and leave foot prints the whole way round. When dad came in raging asking who had done it, he promptly said it was me....even though his wellies had concrete all over them.

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