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Pony visits rekindle racing passion for trailblazing jockey

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Bolton Clarke Carrington aged care resident Maureen, 91, was one of the first female jockeys and racehorse trainers in both England and Australia during the 1960s and 70s.

Now, Maureen has rekindled her passion at the home’s pony therapy sessions, sharing memories of her days in the saddle.

“I was always mesmerised by horses and rode until I was in my 50s – as a child, mum and dad bought me a pony and I would go to pony club,” Maureen said.  

“I won races and shows with that horse – he was a lovely pony.

“If there was a horse in the paddock, I used to be able to do a special whistle to get their attention and they would come racing up to the fence.”

Today, Maureen’s love and connection to horses – which she describes as “better than humans” – has not dwindled.

Pony therapy helps her continue to connect with horses and the sport that has been a lifelong love as one of the pioneering women in the industry nationally and internationally.

“If there were women jockeys at the time, they were up in the country because it was accepted for women racers in the country before metropolitan areas.

“The owners never questioned whether I was a man or a woman, they just knew that I would get the best out of that horse.”

Bolton Clarke Carrington Residential Manager Sam Bolanghe says pet therapy is a great way for residents to keep interacting with animals. 

“It was a fantastic experience to watch Maureen’s eyes light up when the pony came over to her.

“Animal therapy offers the perfect opportunity for residents to reconnect with animals and does wonders for their mental health.

“Most of the residents have grown up with animals like horses, dogs or cats, so having a pat and a cuddle is a relaxing and nostalgic experience,” he said.  

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