Every self-respecting Australian is now looking forward to Spring Carnival, and Trish Oliver is no exception. We caught up with her for a quick chat about life with champion jockey Damien Oliver and their three lovely children.
“With hard work and luck, fingers crossed (Damien) finds some good horses this season.” Trish goes on to tell us about how her husband is preparing for the races. “Trackwork is part of it. You need to be at the track, sitting on horses and talking to trainers, in the hope that they choose you to ride their good horse on race day.”
Do any of the kids want to ride horses, too? “No, our oldest two are girls and I think they realise how hard it is for their dad, and how hard it is for girls to compete against males in this sport. There aren’t many professional sports that women and men compete on a level playing field. It is great that Michelle Payne has lifted the profile of female jockeys in recent times.”
“And our son is only 6 so of course he wants to be like his dad, but doesn’t every 6 year old!” she adds.
Happily, life for the Oliver family doesn’t completely revolve around racing. “Sundays are our family day, Damien usually takes our son to footy, maybe a bike ride as a family and a roast dinner together. We love getting down to our beach house in Jan Juc and go to the beach together.”
Back to Spring Carnival, though, as Trish hints at which designer she might be seen in for the season. “When I am in London I can’t walk past the Ted Baker store without stocking up! Their outfits just seem to suit the races.”
And as for headwear? “Kim Fletcher has always been my favourite milliner, she is such a talented and kind lady.”
Read the rest of our interview with Trish Oliver here, and treat yourself to our complete guide to Spring Racing Carnival 2016 — you’ll find fashion inspiration, guides to horse racing, and more interviews with the most important people in the horse racing industry.