Q&A with TIC Cadet Ellen
In today’s Meet the Cadet, we get to know Ellen Anderson. Currently completing her racing stable placement with Chris Waller Racing, her ultimate goal is to work in equine nutrition when she graduates from the Explorer Cadetship.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗮𝘆?
The best part of my day would have to be the adrenaline rush I get when I ride out for trackwork each morning and being able to see the sun rise between trips.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴?
You definitely have bad days and sometimes you have to take a couple of steps back before moving forward. Also you will never know the answer unless you ask, this has definitely been a huge part of my placement and I am so thankful for Chris Waller and his staff for all the help they have given me. I now realize there is a large amount of behind the scenes work that goes into operation a big stable like Chris Waller’s.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘂𝗽 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴?
I live with three other girls that work with me as well, so I normally wake up to their alarms going off before mine. My first alarm is at 3.10am and it isn’t easy but as soon as I get to the stables and see all the horses it’s definitely worth it.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗷𝗼𝗯 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝘆?
Definitely filling boxes. It’s always at the end of the morning and all I’m thinking about then is breakfast.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝗺𝗯𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆?
I am still interested in nutrition, especially in this industry. However, I believe to be able to feed a working horse, you have to understand all parts of the horse, including training. Working here has definitely increased this interest. I’m also extremely interested in travelling and seeing how the rest of world operates compared to Australia, I definitely am trying to remain hopefully that I will get the opportunity to travel once the pandemic is over.