Megan Taylor, Racing Secretary
1. How long have you worked for Juddmonte and what does your role involve?
I joined Juddmonte in September 2015. My current role is to assist Barry Mahon, General Manager, Ireland and European Racing, who oversees all of Juddmonte's horses that are in training in the UK, Ireland, France and Australia.
2. What experience did you have before joining Juddmonte and what experience have you gained since joining?
I have always had an interest in racing, from the age of 13 I rode out for a local permit holder whilst growing up in Shropshire. I then decided I wanted to further my interest and education which led to me studying International Equine and Agricultural Business (Hons) at Cirencester. In between studies I rode out in Lambourn and rode in point to points. In my second year I completed a five-month work placement and worked for Sir Henry Cecil, assisting in the office and riding out. I also visited Kentucky and saw various successful organisations ranging from studs to equine hospitals and race tracks. After graduating I worked for Lady Cecil as her Racing Secretary, where I learnt a lot of new skills until her retirement in 2015; I was fortunate that a position became available at Juddmonte at the same time and that they wanted me as part of their great team. Having worked for Juddmonte I feel more confident in my role and myself as a person. I have learnt so much about the thoroughbred industry and have also realised there is always more to learn.
3. What advice would you offer someone if looking for an alternative career within the thoroughbred industry?
There are so many fantastic opportunities but make sure that you pursue something you are interested in, as I believe everyone should enjoy their job. Careers in the industry are very competitive but that pushes you to work harder and be successful. I believe networking is particularly important if you want to work for specific establishments. The beauty of the thoroughbred industry is that there are so many different roles - from office-based to working on yards or flying horses across the world - that you are spoilt for choice.
4. What qualifications or work experience do you feel are important in obtaining for this line of work?
A background knowledge and understanding of the racing industry is useful. I found having a degree and varied work experience helped me to progress with my career.
5. What characteristics or skills do you have that you think help with this type of work?
Enthusiasm and a hunger to learn and progress. If you show an interest more opportunities will always present themselves.
6. What three things would you consider to be an important aspect of your role?
3. A passion for the sport