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Robert Smith – A Jack Of All Trades

September 23, 2021:

“Remember, this is not a job, it's a lifestyle. It's not 9-5, five days a week. They are living, breathing animals and they need care. They're not machines and caretaking is about care.” on

Nancy Laffin – For The Love Of The Horse

September 20, 2021:

“Listen to others, you can always learn something new, love your horse, and have fun!” on

From East Coast To West Coast

September 18, 2021:

"Coming into the barn every day and seeing each and every face peek out of their stall knowing that all the work you’re about to put in is going to pay off is amazing." on

Faces Of Racing — Kenny Ellis

September 10, 2021:

"Some advice for new caretakers...there’s no easy button, it’s not always fun and glamorous and there will be tough, scary, and demanding times where you’re going to feel like throwing in the towel. I promise you if you stick it out you won’t regret it one little bit." on

Melanie Gaudreault – A Team Effort

September 8, 2021:

“Listening to the horse's needs and always ensuring its well-being is important if you want to get anything out of the horse. It’s a team effort between the horse and me.” on

A Trainer Turned Caretaker

August 27, 2021:

“Being a groom is like being a nurse; each and every horse has their own unique personality; they all do something different every day. I love the do a good job, you have to love the animal.” on

From Caretaker To Trainer In Three Years

August 25, 2021:

"Standardbreds are by far the best breed of horses. Their nature is just so amazing, they are very docile and resilient and overall, a very smart on

Faces Of Racing: Eddy Durbridge

October 7, 2020:

“As a caretaker who just doesn't work for my own stable, working for a different trainer can always keep me moving. From working with different learn new things from each of them and have different experiences with different horses.” on

Faces Of Racing: Shanisty Andres

September 17, 2020:

“I think the most important thing is not to look at them as a dollar sign but as a horse. The horse doesn’t know whether you paid $3,000 for it or $30,000. It’s your job to help it reach its best, either way.” on

Faces Of Racing: Mathieu Nadeau

September 11, 2020:

“A great reward for me as a caretaker is to see my horse win and see the effort that he gave to win that race but the greatest reward is seeing the improvements in a horse, week after week.” on

Faces Of Racing: Jackie Starkewski

September 9, 2020:

“My advice to new grooms is to pay attention to the horses, get to know them and respect them, they work hard for us. Be humble, there are always things to learn.” on

Faces Of Racing: Kate MacNeil

September 3, 2020:

“You need to listen to your horse and pay attention to their needs, that’s what makes a good horseperson." on

Faces Of Racing: Shane Baglole

August 31, 2020:

"If you can learn something new each day you're doing well. Just be a sponge, take everything in, absorb it all, and if you can learn something new from all the different people you work for you've probably done something right." on

Faces Of Racing: Clara Mary Corbin

August 27, 2020:

"To have the chance to work around good trainers, drivers and horses is one of the most rewarding aspects of working as a caretaker." on

Faces Of Racing: Fiona Reynolds

August 24, 2020:

"I compare caretakers to front-line health workers. There is nobody more important than the person giving the direct care." on

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