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Jessica Kelsall

Welfare Officer

Jessica Kelsall : Welfare Officer

I was lucky enough to be introduced to the racing industry from a young age due to my family being involved in the sport. I soon fell in love with the sport myself and after riding ponies from a young age my passion for the racehorses was ignited, I attended the racing school course and then went on to work in the family racing yard for many happy years. I progressed to Assistant Trainer at the yard and I also had the chance to ride in point to points which was lots of fun and great experience. During my time in the industry, I had the chance to look after and ride some lovely horses, enjoying many successful days at the races, travelling all over the country and I made lots of very happy memories which will stay with me forever. I’ve been fortunate enough to ride out for many different trainers over the years and as a result, have made some lifelong friends from the industry.

I also worked for the National Horseracing College for many years, firstly as an Instructor, where it was lovely to be able to help spark the interest of so many young people and prepare them for a career in the industry. As a teacher seeing the students overcome their fears and achieve their goals on the course was very rewarding and teaching the first lot on a Monday morning always kept you on your toes!
More recently I worked as a Roving Assessor which involved a lot of travelling around the country to different yards. It was fantastic to meet lots of new faces and see so many students putting their skills into practice to progress their careers and follow their dreams out in the workplace.

I have huge respect for all those who work in the industry, I know first-hand how rewarding it is but also how tough it can be at times and some of the issues faced by staff. One of the best feelings for me is knowing you have helped make a positive impact to someone’s circumstances and well-being, so I am very much looking forward to the new challenge in the role of Welfare Officer and hope to provide a source of support to as many people in the West region as I can.