The “five foot nothing” aspiring jockey has won the Northern Racing Scholarship, a huge bonus on top of being named the 2017 Premier Apprentice Jockey.
The scholarship is a treasured prize, and one that Alyssa hopes to make the most of.
At age 13, Alyssa used to sneak rides on her sister’s pony, and is now in the final stages of her four year jockey apprenticeship. “It was a pipe dream of mine to become a jockey, but I didn’t know anything about the industry. A friend introduced me to the right people. I got a break by being in the right place, at the right time, and that gave me my chance to train as a jockey,” recalls Alyssa.
The scholarship prize includes a two-week work experience encounter at Chris Waller’s racing stables in Sydney. “Chris Waller is Australia’s top trainer and I feel really honoured to have won the scholarship.”
Alyssa hopes to broaden her experience and is keen to see how a top Australian stable operates.Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post