Old Collegians

Kate Fitzgerald (2010 – 2011)

During 2011, my equine teacher organised work experience with a thoroughbred racing stable, Bridge Patrol Lodge at Serpentine, owned by David Harrison. On completing my work experience, I was offered a jockey apprenticeship which I commenced in January 2012; moved into on-site accommodation, cooking and looking after myself. This position involved working 6 days a week, two split shifts daily and one day off a week.

My two years at the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark set me on this path and taught me everything I needed to know about horses at that time. It also taught me respect for myself and others and how to deal with conflict in a proper manner. I learnt that if you are prepared to work towards your goals anything is possible.

I attend apprentice school in Perth – all other training is done on site. I have my licence to ride in races and have had my first winning ride at Norseman earlier this year.

On completion of my apprenticeship, I would like to travel to other countries and learn about their riding and training techniques. After this, I would like to return to Australia and work towards becoming a racehorse trainer.

I will always look back on my two years at Denmark Agricultural College with gratitude and fondness.

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