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Nicola Woolner

Regional Welfare Manager

Nicola Woolner : Regional Welfare Manager

I grew up in North Wales and loved nothing better than haring around the hills on Welsh Mountain ponies. I didn’t make 5ft so being a jockey seemed a perfect career! I attended the British Racing School in 1994 then went to work for Henry Candy in Lambourn. After becoming an apprentice I got an opportunity to travel to America and rode work for Champion trainer Bob Baffert before moving to Vancouver, Canada to race ride. I was lucky enough to turn professional out there and rode 270 winners before a career ending injury forced early retirement. On returning to the UK I struggled to come to terms with the fact I wouldn’t ride again and had some dark days. I feel the support I received from the Racing industry really helped me to get back on my feet.

I took a role as an Assessor and Pony Racing instructor at the BRS. Seeing young people learn, grow in ability and confidence and achieve their goals was very rewarding.
After a move to Yorkshire, I retrained as an Equine Vet Nurse but old injuries caught up with me so I moved into Veterinary Sales. After a chance meeting on a train, I then co-founded a Training (people not horses!) and Development Consultancy.

I am passionate about helping people reach their potential and thrive. I can empathise with some of the challenges people in the industry face. I feel privileged to be part of a great team at Racing Welfare that offers support and guidance to the people of racing. A dream job that allows me to work with and give back to the industry that has given me so much.
Outside of work I’m kept busy chasing after my 1 year old daughter Eva who is usually chasing our patient Jack Russell Stella!