Laura Cheshire always had a passion for horses, and it was that passion that led her to become a female jockey.
Laura Cheshire has dedicated her life to horses. She owns them, volunteers at a rescue, and works as a female jockey in Australia. Whereas jockeys are most frequently male, Cheshire's love of horses and sheer determination keep her competitive.
She's worked her way up from the bottom - her first horse was a rescue - and continues to pay it forward with her rescue work today.
The below video provides a beautiful look into Cheshire's life. Like many riders, she's incredibly busy, and is involved with horses every single day. But Cheshire's love for this life is evident. Take a look at this cool video.
So why is it that it's rare to see a female jockey on the racetrack? Horse racing is a tough and dangerous sport, and being a jockey requires far more strength than you might imagine. Jockeys have to be able to balance on short stirrups on the back of a galloping horse. They must have the upper body strength to support and control the horse when he leans against them, and need to be fit enough to ride in race after race on a single day. Whereas males tend to be naturally stronger than females, jockeys tend to be male, but female jockeys are becoming more common.
Regardless of whether you're male or female, the decision to become a jockey isn't one that you can make lightly. Being a jockey is a lifestyle - jockeys spend hours riding each day, and they frequently follow strict diets and spend time at the gym. Riding racehorses is a demanding and dangerous career, and in order to be successful you have to be absolutely dedicate and love the sport, just as Cheshire does.