A day in the life of a Racehorse Breeder & Producer
We talk to Will Kinsey, who breeds, buys and sells racehorses, to find out what his daily routine involves.
What are your working hours?
I get up at 6am and finish when I have spoken to owners in the evening.
What does your average day entail?
I feed all the horses and foals and while staff are mucking out I’ll read the Racing Post and the EBN, which is a daily Bloodstock newsletter, so basically looking at the days results, whether it’s sales results, racing results, looking for what pedigrees are doing well,
What are your key tasks?
Going to the sales. Checking the horses. Organising staff. Talking to owners. Identifying potential. Studying pedigrees.
Why did you get into racing?
I love racing, being around horses and working outdoors.
What skills do you need?
Application. Attention to detail. Discipline. Analysis.
What are the best and worst things about your job?
When you’re a person who saw something in a five month old horse and it comes on to be successful on the track – that’s satisfaction.
We have lost foals. You’ve got to know that’s there’s nothing more you could have done.
What advice do you have for someone considering a career in racing?
I don’t think you have to go to college to get into something like this; it’s an interest, it’s what you want to do, and you could start off just mucking out, working around the horses and the foals. Or, just watching racing on a daily basis. If you’ve got a passion for something you have more desire to succeed, and the doors are open for people, if someone’s good at something they will succeed.