Women in Racing was created to support and develop women in the sport of horse racing.

Established in 2009, the vision is to connect women across the industry, to provide personal development and raise their profiles, and enhance racing 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;...
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Emma Sayer - Deputy Chair and Bursary

Emma is a Training and Education manager for the Scottish Racing Academy. Based in the North of England, Emma spends a lot...
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Blaithin Murphy - Membership

Blaithin has previously held hands-on roles in thoroughbred studs and training yards whilst completing her degree in Equine Science and...
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Kim Leet - Secretary

Kim is the secretary to the Committee at Women in Racing and has worked as a Racing Secretary to several...
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Cheryl Caves - Mentoring

Cheryl has over 20 years experience in the racing industry and is currently the Operations Manager at the European Breeders’...
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Sally Lyons - Finance and Racing Home

I am the gatekeeper to all the financials for WiR and Racing Home and I have also been involved with...
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Steph Swanney - Bursary

I fell in love with horseracing when I attended an open day at the Northern Horseracing College, where I enrolled...
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Grace Carter - Social Media

Grace Carter has volunteered for the Urban Equestrian Academy since she was 14 and now currently rides for Ian Williams....
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Lucy Ralph - Policy & Process Improvement

Lucy worked as a groom before starting an office-based role for the British Horseracing Authority, who supported her through an...
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