Women in Racing was created to develop the profile of women in the sport of horse racing.
Established in 2009, the vision is to connect women across the industry, to raise their profiles and enhance racing’s reputation as an attractive sector for more women to build their careers. This initiative is independent of horse racing bodies but works in partnership with stakeholders to affect positive change.
Supporting professional development
Support women at all stages of their career through opportunities including mentoring and bursary schemes.
Promoting our peers
Create a culture that promotes and celebrates members and which encourages appointment of senior women at the highest levels in racing. We celebrate women across the entirety of the sport.
Career opportunities and longevity
Workstreams that support and enable women to prosper in sustainable careers in the sport, such as through the Racing Home project.
Building brand relationships
Develop commercial opportunities for suitable brands to become more involved in racing.
Sharing knowledge and ideas
Combine knowledge and best practice through connecting people and hosting inspiring events.
Raising the profile of women in sport
Involve women in industry boards, committees, steering groups and working parties to ensure good representation and diversity of thought.
WiR Committee Members
Lucy Gurney - Women in Racing Chair
Lucy has held roles at the Jockey Club Rooms and Weatherbys, and is currently Community Engagement Manager for Racing Together; an exciting industry initiative within the charity Racing to School. Lucy has had a lifelong involvement in the sport, through yards and riding point to pointing, and now enjoys retraining racehorses for their second careers.
Lucy is proud to Chair Women in Racing and build upon the existing network of brilliant women across the sport, helping to coordinate fun events, driving industry-leading research and implementation programmes such as Racing Home, and important mentoring and bursary programmes.
Sophie Watmuff - Deputy Chair
Sophie is the Ownership Manager at Great British Racing, the official marketing and promotional body for the British horseracing industry. Prior to this, she worked for Chasemore Farm, a thoroughbred stud farm located in Cobham, Surrey and Barnes Thompson, an advertising agency based in Newmarket.
Sophie has been involved with horses from an early age and has worked on thoroughbred stud farms in England, Ireland, Kentucky and Australia. Sophie is passionate about encouraging people from all backgrounds to become involved within horseracing and as a member of the Women in Racing committee, is looking forward to playing a part in developing the profile of women in the sport in particular through leading the mentoring programme.
Blaithin Murphy - Membership
Blaithin has previously held hands-on roles in thoroughbred studs and training yards whilst completing her degree in Equine Science and a masters in Business Management. Blaithin works at The Jockey Club and has graduated the trainee General Manager programme, recently being appointment General Manager of Wincanton Racecourse. Blaithin has been involved in equestrian sports all her life, but horse racing has always been at the forefront.
Blaithin is passionate about making racing more accessible and reaching new audiences. For Blaithin it is a pleasure to be a part of Women in Racing and an opportunity to make as much of a positive impact as possible.
Dominique Tortice - Racing Home
Dominique works in the integrity team at the British Horseracing Authority, formerly a project assistant for the Union Learn education project at The National Association of Racing Staff. Dom has worked in the equine side of the industry for 16 years, during which time she had various roles but always continued to work directly with the equine stars of horseracing.
Horseracing has always been her passion and she has strived to continue a career in the industry whilst being a single mother to two sons.
Dominique joined the Women in Racing committee, in the hope that she can advocate for other parents working at the grass roots level within the horseracing industry and as such is very involved with the Racing Home programme.
Emma Sayer - Bursary
Emma is a Training and Education manager for the Scottish Racing Academy. Based in the North of England, Emma spends a lot of time working with young people who are keen to progress into the racing industry and works in all of the Scottish training yards mentoring and assessing students.
As assistant trainer to her mother Dianne for the past four years Emma is still heavily involved in racing and the daily running of the business. From the age of 16 Emma held her amateur licence and rode for a total of 11 years, riding 69 winners during this time.
Emma is very excited to be given the opportunity to join the Women in Racing committee as it is an area she is passionate about and she is excited to see what the coming years may hold.
Ashleigh Wicheard is Travelling Head person to Neil Mulholland. In July 2022 Ashleigh won the Magnolia Cup at Goodwood, a women’s only race which raises thousands for charities each year. Ashleigh is also passionate about promoting positive outcomes for everyone, she is already a mentor on the WiR mentoring programme and runs the MissBlackEquestrian Instagram account.
Cheryl Caves - Bursary
Cheryl has over 20 years experience in the racing industry and is currently the Operations Manager at the European Breeders’ Fund (EBF), the largest sponsor in British racing.
Originally from Bristol, Cheryl comes from a non-racing background. With a passion for horses from a young age she originally planned to train as a riding instructor but, having been bitten by the racing bug, moved to Newmarket to take up a place on the renowned National Stud Diploma course and later worked as a stud hand at Darley.
Having worked in both practical and administrative roles within racing, Cheryl is keen to work with the Women in Racing team to support women in the industry to enhance their career prospects through education, training and networking. As a mum to two young children she is also looking forward to engaging with the excellent work carried out by the Racing Home programme.
Fay is the Assistant Manager at Carisbrooke Stud in Hungerford and has a passion for bloodstock, racing and development within the industry.
Although Fay doesn’t come from an equestrian background, her love for horses and the sport has led her to work her way up through the ranks of some of the most reputable stud farms in the UK and Ireland including Newsells Park Stud, where she has gained invaluable experience within the Stud industry.
Fay has a keen interest in promoting the role of women within all aspects of horseracing, with a personal understanding of what it takes to reach management level, and is excited to be part of the Women in Racing committee.
Grace Carter - Social Media
Grace Carter has volunteered for the Urban Equestrian Academy since she was 14 and now currently rides for Ian Williams. She is also a member of the BHA’s Diversity in Racing Steering group as she has a passion for making the sport more inclusive for everyone.
Kim Leet - Secretary
Kim is the secretary to the Committee at Women in Racing and has worked as a Racing Secretary to several racehorse trainers in Newmarket, as well as for a stud and owners, so she has a wealth of experience within horse racing. She enjoys the challenges racing brings as it continually evolves as an industry.
Kim is looking forward to assisting the Committee in their endeavours of developing the profile of brilliant women in the sport and building upon the existing network.