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24-year-old takes over Brandsby yard and set to become Britain's youngest female trainer
A 24-year-old woman is on the first step of the loader to becoming the youngest-ever female racehorse trainer in the country.
Rebecca Menzies has taken over the lease of Gold Cup-winning trainer Peter Beaumont’s yard at Brandsby, near Easingwold in North Yorkshire.
And she’s planning to have her first runner as a fully licensed trainer in the autumn - pending meeting the final criteria to obtain a professional trainers’ licence from the British Horseracing Authority.
Rebecca, who does not come from a racing background, is a racing fanatic who dismissed the idea of university for pursuing a career in the sport.
“This is something I’ve wanted since I rode my first thoroughbred and I’ve been working towards it and saving ever since. It’s just come a little sooner than I expected,” said Rebecca, who dismissed a place at university in favour of pursuing a career in racing.
After leaving school she worked for Ferdy Murphy at West Witton, near Leyburn, latterly as his assistant, and with his imminent move to France, the opportunity arose to become a fully fledged trainer in her own right.
She will be supported by some of his owners and the yard sponsor is napkins manufacturer Poppies Europe who have also placed horses in her care.
A team of three will initially join Rebecca, including conditional jockey Tony Kelly and amateur Catherine Walton, while Peter Beaumont will remain living on site and his son Stuart will oversee the gallops and paddock maintenance.
“It was amazing how many people have come forward to help me, particularly people I never expected. I have someone looking after my accounts, another person sorting my website,” she said.
“It’s a great foundation to have in place and it means I can concentrate my efforts within the yard. I’m thrilled with the team of horses I have and am very much looking forward to the upcoming season."
One sadness for Rebecca though is that her long-term mentor and friend Walter Gott, a well-known owner in Lancashire, died recently.
“I worked for him all through my school years from when I was eight until I was 18. He’s responsible for getting me involved in racing,” she said.
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