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Hollie's Blog: The Society of Equestrian Artists

31 July 2017

Hi everyone, it’s been really busy fortnight, happily for all the right reasons as I’ve been delighted to get back into the saddle and finally get back to the job of looking for winners!

As I said in previous blogs, it’s a frustrating time being injured, especially in the middle of the season, but I’m fit and raring to go now. I started back at Epsom about a week and a half ago and am looking forward to Glorious Goodwood where I can hopefully pick up a ride or two. It’s always exciting to be involved in these massive meetings, so fingers crossed!

Before that though, I’m delighted to be riding in my first Silk Series race at Windsor tonight. Due to a number of factors, I’ve not been able to take part yet, so I’ll be trying my hardest to catch Ellie Mackenzie through the rest of the Series.

I should also say congratulations to Carol Bartley who won at Newcastle this weekend and to Hayley Turner who won the Silk Series race at Great Yarmouth the week before last. Hayley has always been a pioneer in what she’s achieved in racing and has been great in offering me help and advice throughout my career.

In a similar vein, Cathy Gannon was forced to retire in the last week through injury and I’d like to take the opportunity to thank her for everything that she’s done for me over the years and wish her all the best for the future. Thanks guys ☺ Racing is a sport that has talented women both on and off the track. Equally, it’s a sport with centuries of heritage and history which has had a significant impact on British culture. Despite the fact I work with them every day, I’m always amazed with how beautiful thoroughbred racehorses are and love the work done by the really talented photographers and artists that capture our sport in all its glory.

As such, I’m delighted to see that the Silk Series has been able to link with the Society of Equestrian Artists to promote female racing artists at the Society’s upcoming Summer Exhibition at the brilliant National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket.

The Society will be proposing a shortlist of four female artists whose work you’ll be able to see online and vote for your favourite.

The winner will then be commissioned to produce a piece celebrating the Silk Series and female jockeys. This piece will be presented to the overall winner of the Silk Series at Doncaster in September after the final race of the Series.

I think this is a really nice touch for the winner of the Silk Series, and also goes to show the breadth of talented women in this industry beyond those of us in the saddle. It certainly adds even more motivation to catch the ladies currently at the top end of the leader board!

Luckily for me, there are still races at Wolverhampton, Bath and, of course, Doncaster to go!