The thrill of the win is what has kept Popanyinning trainer Kylie Dowling involved in the sport of racing for the past seven years.
Ms Dowling is one of many people in the region involved in racing, with a recent Racing and Wagering WA study showing the Wheatbelt has the more people actively involved in the sport than any other region in WA.
The Economic and Social Impact Snapshot for Racing in the Wheatbelt Region was announced at the Northam Cup last month on behalf of the region’s 11 race clubs, including the Narrogin Racing Club.
The Northam Cup kicked off the 2012-2013 Wheatbelt racing season and Northam Racing Club president Tony Marwick said the snapshot painted a strong future for the local racing industry.
“With more than 3500 people participating in the Wheatbelt racing industry either as an employee, volunteer or participant, it’s estimated that one in every 16 adults in the region has an involvement in racing,” he said.
Mr Marwick said the snapshot revealed the racing industry as a whole continued to grow, with 58,200 people attending one of the 124 race meetings in the Wheatbelt last year alone, spending nearly $2.5 million, excluding wagering.
Ms Dowling said she had been involved in the equestrian industry for a long time.
“I’ve always been in the horse industry in one degree or another. I played polocrosse for Australia and then my husband was keen on the training industry and suggested I get my licence.”
Mrs Dowling said racing in the area was strong and she employed three people to train the 13 horses on her property.
“Racing in Narrogin brings a lot of people to the town and it’s a very popular racecourse because it’s not far from Perth,” she said.
“A lot of people have horses that can’t win in Perth, but they bring them out the Narrogin and so every time we have a meeting it’s really well supported.”