Women in Racing was created to develop the profile of women in the sport of horse racing.
Established in 2009, the vision is to connect women across the industry, to raise their profiles and enhance racing’s reputation as an attractive sector for more women to build their careers. This initiative is independent of horse racing bodies but works in partnership with stakeholders to affect positive change.

Supporting professional development

Support women at all stages of their career through opportunities including mentoring and bursary schemes.

Promoting our peers

Create a culture that promotes and celebrates members and which encourages appointment of senior women at the highest levels in racing. We celebrate women across the entirety of the sport.

Career opportunities and longevity

Workstreams that support and enable women to prosper in sustainable careers in the sport, such as through the Racing Home project.

Building brand relationships

Develop commercial opportunities for suitable brands to become more involved in racing.

Sharing knowledge and ideas

Combine knowledge and best practice through connecting people and hosting inspiring events.

Raising the profile of women in sport

Involve women in industry boards, committees, steering groups and working parties to ensure good representation and diversity of thought. 

WiR Committee Members

Tallulah Lewis - Women in Racing Chair

Tallulah is Head of International Partnerships at UK Tote Group, prior to this she worked for Weatherbys Ltd as the Project Manager for the Commercial Division and also for The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association setting up The Thoroughbred Club, a club for young people interest in participating and working in the horseracing industry. She is also Deputy Chairman of Women in Racing.

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Tallulah Lewis - Women in Racing Chair

Gill Nevin

Gill has a lifelong interest in horse racing and always wanted to be involved in the sport in some capacity. She was brought up not far from Aintree racecourse and is still captivated by the Grand National, although loves flat racing as well.  She was selected for the BHA Graduate Development Programme and spent time working at Dalham Hall and Kildangan Stud. After spending two years working as a racing journalist, she was employed as a Press Officer for the BHA, before qualifying as a solicitor specialising in providing services to the racing industry. She is a regular racegoer and have owned several horses in training with friends. She currently has a retired mare who is based in Northern Ireland, a yearling filly and a gelding who is due to go into training shortly.

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Gill Nevin

Sophie Watmuff

Sophie is the Ownership Manager at Great British Racing, the official marketing and promotional body for the British horseracing industry. Prior to this, she worked for Chasemore Farm, a thoroughbred stud farm located in Cobham, Surrey and Barnes Thompson, an advertising agency based in Newmarket. Sophie has been involved with horses from an early age and has worked on thoroughbred stud farms in England, Ireland, Kentucky and Australia. Sophie is passionate about encouraging people from all backgrounds to become involved within horseracing and as a member of the Women in Racing committee, is looking forward to playing a part in developing the profile of women in the sport.

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Sophie Watmuff

Mikayla Billin

Mikayla is currently the Social Media & Digital Producer at Ascot Racecourse. Horses have been a part of her life since a child, having grown up in the United States keenly following flat racing there. Upon coming to the UK, she fell in love with the tradition and iconic names of English racing and enjoys bringing stories to life that go behind the scenes and expand the sport’s audience.

Mikayla enjoys being a part of the Women in Racing committee, in the hope that she can continue to widen the industry and help young people get into racing.

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Mikayla Billin

Olivia Kold

Olivia has had a lifelong love for horses and racing and is passionate about bringing the sport to new audiences, developing online communities and accelerating growth in participation, attendance and viewership. Having previously worked in an agency within the Film and TV industry, her passion for the sport grew when attending with her father, an equine veterinary surgeon at racecourses. Olivia currently works as the Junior Social Media Manager for World Horse Racing's global social media channels. Olivia is very excited about the work that Women in Racing does and the incredible community that the committee has grown.

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Olivia Kold

Naomi Mellor

Naomi is an equine vet based in Suffolk. She runs her own business as an equine locum, as well as working as a veterinary officer for the BHA. Naomi is a member of the British Equine Veterinary Association and the Association of Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons and has a particular interest in Thoroughbred stud work and poor performance in racehorses. 

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Naomi Mellor

Shelley Coles

Following a local government career as a Licensing Enforcement Officer, Shelley took the decision to step away from her career and join the Point to Point Authority on a part time basis as Liaison Officer. Within this role, Shelley is able consider and make real changes at grassroots level, accompanied with her passion and a long involvement in horseracing.

Once married to a jockey and now a mother to one, she fully understands the demands of the sport along with the dedication and commitment required to succeed.

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Shelley Coles

Dominique Tortice

Dominique is the project assistant for the Union Learn education project at The National Association of Racing Staff. She has worked in the equine side of the industry for 16 years, during which time she had various roles but always continued to work directly with the equine stars of horseracing.

Horseracing has always been her passion and she has strived to continue a career in the industry whilst being a single mother to two sons.

Dominique is looking forward to being a part of the Women in Racing committee, in the hope that she can advocate for other parents working at the grass roots level within the horseracing industry.

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Dominique Tortice

Lucy Gurney

Lucy has held roles at the Jockey Club Rooms and Weatherbys, and is currently Community Engagement Manager for Racing Together; an exciting industry initiative within the charity Racing to School. Lucy has had a lifelong involvement in the sport, through yards and riding point to pointing, and now enjoys retraining racehorses for their second careers.

Lucy is looking forward to playing a part in helping those working across racing to fulfil their career aims through the industry-leading mentoring programme, and encouraging them to make the most of the support network and opportunities provided by Women in Racing.

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Lucy Gurney