Old Collegians

Meggie Tharratt (2012 to 2013)

After Working at CBH (Co- operative Bulk Handling) in Boyup Brook over harvest I was employed at the Albany Race Club for some part time work as an Identification Microchip scanner.This job involves identifying the brands and microchips in each individual horse and making sure they are in the correct race. Through this job I was offered work in Port Hedland as a registered strapper/stable-hand for the race horse trainer, Dixie Solly.  I took this job, travelling up to Port Headland in the horse truck, camping and caring for 7 racehorses.  It took 4 days to get there and each night we would camp at a race course where we could use the horse yards.

Being the youngest and newest member of the Solly team, many of the other experienced strappers helped me learn and develop numerous new skills required for riding these large framed and extremely strong breed of horses. My work for Mr Solly was both an incredible and at times challenging, experience, as the horses we were working with are very different to the hacking horses I had previously been used to riding.  It was great to be involved in the racing industry as I was introduced to a whole new genre of equine discipline.

The team I was working with were a great group of people and I made many new friends and became extremely close to one of the champion racehorses. I really appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed the time working in Port Hedland and I was offered employment with the Solly team for ensuing year’s racing season.

I am organising to do work experience with one of the local vets with the hope of studying veterinary nursing. Through my experiences with both Denmark Ag College and being part of the racing industry I have developed a passion for working with larger animals such as horses and cattle, therefore I wish to pursue a career handling and caring for such animals.

I believe that the skills and knowledge that I developed through doing the Animal Production Systems course as well as the lessons on farm at the College will continue to assist me in my aspirations towards this goal.

I have managed to maintain contact with most of my class mates from Denmark Ag College.  We have been able to do this mainly through Facebook and we often meet up for catch-ups and birthday events. I would love to see everyone from our 2013 College leavers again and so I am really looking forward to the next College reunion or a similar event for my year group.

 

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