Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

Samuel Bell's Blog

The past couple of weeks have genuinely been the greatest opportunity that I have  been given after finishing high school. Walking into the Desert War stable at 3:00AM with the name Gai Waterhouse on the door with no on deck experience with race horses and a dedicated mind set ready for learning worked hand in hand to give me the opportunity to learn from industry professionals and meet new people with a strong passion for horse racing and the thoroughbred industry as a whole. 

The first couple of days were ones that will stay in my memory until the day I pass. The general vibe of the stable was something that I haven’t felt in a long time, happy, energetic people with a thriving passion for horses who say good morning to each other with a smile on their face is something that has stuck with me so far, these wonderful people have helped me with so much over the past few weeks and taught me all about horse handling, dressing and cleaning, feeding, waste management,

general horse maintenance and my favourite thing... swimming at the beach! (Convenient since I had recently left my previous job as a swimming instructor and I have a passion for the ocean and spending every spare second I have in the water) 

 

Samuel and his favorite horse, Sacramento
 

They say never meet your hero’s, but meeting Gai on my first day gave me even more confidence and energy to pursue a career in this industry and do everything it takes to try achieving my dream as a Trainer and a Trackwork rider. Gai Waterhouse has been my idol for a long time now, especially after viewing Gai being added into the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame along with her father, she has been a major inspiration to me for years on end and is  the main reason that I love horses and the industry so much. My biggest goal for this year is to achieve the skill set to be able to ride a horse on my own and be able to obtain some knowledge from potentially watching Gai and Adrian train the horses in the morning and watch the influence that the two trainers do their jobs and take mental notes on what it takes to become the best, I would also like to start riding the ponies and potentially even trackwork one day. I read in the newspaper from a Country trainer that the best horse trainers are the ones who have had riding experience, not to mention I feel like a tad of a fraud loving horses so much and not being able to ride one. I have had a ball working for the stable so far and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. 

 
 

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