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.