This week The News catches up with Millicent Harrex, who left Alexandra to pursue an equestrian career in England.
Millicent has recently been offered a job working with Jonelle and Tim Price, who represented New Zealand at the Olympics in the equestrian field. We let her explain her adventure so far.
I currently live in . . . Newmarket, where I have been working on a pre-training racing yard at Egerton Stud. I had never ridden race horses, so this style of training has taken me a while to get used to.
I work as . . . a rider. Basically, I start at 6.30am every morning and ride four to six horses a day. The riding mostly consists of cantering the horses down the track, though sometimes we do trot work, or light flat work, depending on the horse.
I came to Newmarket . . . only a couple of months ago. I arrived and started working on the 26th March, 2019.
The great thing about my job . . . is that it barely feels like a job. I have been passionate about horses since I was little, so the fact that I get paid just to ride is a novelty that has yet to wear off.
When I’m not working . . . I have been trying to get a bit of sightseeing in. Everything is so old here compared to home.
My memories of home .are mostly of my friends from Dunstan and family days out riding, or at the lake, etc.
I miss . . . everything about home. I miss my family and friends and all of our animals. I miss my horse and I really miss the familiarity of everything in New Zealand. Despite this, I have no idea what I would do if I went home. I can’t wait to come home, but I know that I’m not ready yet. I’ve still got so much adventuring to do.
I’d like to take this opportunity . . . to thank everyone who helped give me the courage to do what I’ve done. I’m a home bug and definitely needed the push from my parents, grandparents and friends who told me I’d be an idiot if I didn’t take this opportunity.
I have just been offered . . . the opportunity to go and work for Jonelle and Tim Price, who are world-renowned event riders and have ridden for New Zealand at the Olympics. Tim has just been named FEI No1 event rider in the world. I’m very excited to start this new position. I will be moving to a place called Marlborough, which Tim and Jonelle call “a little slice of New Zealand in the heart of England”.
- FEI is the international equestrian body.