Drew Holmes was part of the Lavenham AW15 Photoshoot, we interviewed Drew to find out he got into Horse Racing
(Drew Holmes pictured above wearing the Raydon Mens in Chocolate, available soon)
When was the first time you rode?
I grew up around horses, my mum and grandfather always had racehorses. I was so young I actually can’t remember what age I was the first time I sat on a horse, probably before I could walk! But I guess I started properly around the age of 10.
How did you get in to racing?
My Grandfather always had racehorses so I have grown up with it. I used to go to the races and visit the racing yards with grandfather and once my education ended I bought a racehorse. But I have always dipped in and out of riding racehorses since the age of 16. I love horses, they are fascinating creatures. I think when you have this connection with the animals it’s hard to remove it from your blood.
(Drew pictured above wearing the Raydon Mens in Shetland Wool Midnight, available soon)
What are your daily/weekly routines?
My racing season runs from October-end May, so during those months I get to the yard around 6 am. Feed, do the daily chores and ride if I have time. Then I head into work around 8.30, go to the gym after work then head back to the yard around 9pm to check horses and put a night time feed in.
How do you prepare on the lead up to a race?
For me routine is key. It’s more about preparing the horses than myself, they come first. Keeping them fit, healthy and happy is the priority. I will keep myself fit doing the gym work and riding out. I work everything out on paper months in advance, follow a plan and try to stick to it. There are so many variables with this game so you have to be flexible; weather, horses get problems, work commitments etc. But I find a plan helps to at least meet target and goals. The first run is part of the preparation, after that you can build on the fitness and fine tune things.
(Drew pictured above in the stables wearing the Raydon Mens in Shetland Wool Midnight, available soon)
What have been your achievements in racing?
To ride and train winners. I do it as a hobby, it’s fun and most of my enjoyment comes from having friends and family around me, involved and seeing them enjoy race days gives me great satisfaction. Hopefully after all the hard work I put in, the results will follow. It’s very much the cliché with this sport, “the more you put in the more you get out.”
Are there any challenges you face?
The whole game is a challenge but that’s why I love it!
Any further comments you feel would be of interest?
I think anyone reading this that has an interest in country pursuits, racing or even just horses should visit a point to point race meeting. It’s the grass roots of the sport, where some of the future champions will emerge and old champions end their careers. It leads people and horses to the race course and a day at the races offers great family fun.
This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at 9:09 am