(Camilla pictured wearing the Lavenham Foxearth Ladies Wool from the AW15 Collection)
Camilla Henderson is an amateur jockey who was part of the Lavenham Autumn/Winter photoshoot, we interviewed Camilla to find out how she got into racing.
When was the first time you rode?
At around the age of two, I have two elder sisters so there were ponies always kicking around the place. We always had hairy little bullet proof ponies to ride. My mother had a ‘ get on and go’ with it approach when it came to riding ponies. Lots of bare back rides in the paddock with a collar a lead rope when no one was watching!
How did you get in to racing?
Through my family, Dad being a top National Hunt race horse trainer and an ex jockey, and my mother an ex jockey – I suppose it was in our blood, our destiny to ride horses in one way or another. We all enjoyed it and all went on hacks around the gallops as children, watching the race horses every morning.
What are your daily routines?
At the moment I am riding two lots out at Charlie Hills’ yard, a flat trainer locally in Lambourn. Then I head over and ride my retired racehorse for a hack. Then I get to my daily job – sport psychology consultancy. Working currently with Swindon Town FC, Cinderford RFC & Bristol RFU. Also work for Your Golf Travel. In the winter I race ride at point to point meetings ( Amateur meetings ). So every week we have lots of schooling sessions and work mornings in preperation for a race which are normally at weekends.
(Camilla pictured wearing the Raydon Ladies)
How do you prepare on the lead up to a race?
Most important thing is preparation which some jockeys may fall down on is to keep up good nutrition, eat clean and also keep hydrating up. So many jockeys fail to stay hydrated, especially when they are sweating and wasting to make a lighter weight – trying to shed a few pounds.
What have been your achievements?
I have ridden about 7 winners point to pointing over the last couple of years, I am an amateur jockey so this is not my main profession or career. Its more of a hobby and I’m lucky to just get given the rides that I’ve had so far!
Are there any particular races you are looking forward to this year?
I am riding in the Glorious Goodwood Magnolia Cup at the end of July alongside 12 others, – I cannot wait for this – have been training as much as I can and getting on the equisisor (mechanical horse) to get my legs used to the strenuous impact of a sprint race. Lots of squats and weighted lunges are required for this kind of work.
Camilla won the Magnolia Cup (Ladies Day)
Camilla pictured wearing jackets from the AW15 Collection; Cropton Ladies Toggle (Top Left) Foxearth Ladies Wool (Top Right) Raydon Ladies (Bottom Left) Foxearth Ladies (Bottom Right)
All jackets featured will be available on our website soon
This entry was posted on Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 9:48 am