Aug 17, 2018

Popular roving foreman-strapper Lindy Wharekura, pictured here with Dr Harry Cooper at Snowden Racing, has won the 2017-2018 Sydney Strapper of the Year Award at the NSW Racing's Night of Champions at Royal Randwick!

Now in its ninth year, the award recognises the behind-the-scenes efforts by those strappers that tend to go beyond the call of duty.

A selection panel of Racing NSW officials chose Lindy as winner from a strong short-list of seven finalists including Mark Whiteman, Nathan David, Sam Phillips, Tim Benn, Luke Hamilton, Amy Halliday and Aaron Parker.

“It’s not a win for me, it’s a win for everybody I work with at Snowden Racing because I’m nothing without all of them.

“My mum has inspired me to work hard everyday and I’ve inherited patience from my dad, so I’ve been able to neutralise.

“I’m really honoured to receive this award but I think there’s a lot of other people who deserve this award a lot more than I do.”

Co-trainer Peter Snowden, said Lindy was thoroughly deserving of the recognition.

“Lindy has worked with Paul and I for almost 10 years, going back to the early days at Darley.

“Lindy strapped Epaulette back then and had a great affinity with the horse. She’s got an innate way of working with animals and is a very approachable person too which helps the work environment.

“Everyone loves her, so I can see why her peers have put her up for the award.

“We are very proud of her, and he’s a deserving winner, that’s for sure,” added Snowden.

Here’s an excerpt of our staff profile with Lindy last summer showcasing why she is a standout team member and valued by her colleagues.

What's the best part about your job? Naturally the horses get me out of bed every day, but I really enjoy working with keen young people who want to learn. I’m a social person and like encouraging staff and seeing them develop.

What industry changes would you like to see happen for the benefit of stable staff? Better work hours are the main issue in racing. We will always struggle to get new and fresh blood into the stable ranks while the hours are so horrendous.

It’s different for me, as I’ve been used to waking up at 3am for most of my life but for people looking to start working in the industry, the hours are off-putting.

What does working with horses mean to you? I love horses, and I love horse racing. Some of my best friends are horses. There are more photos of horses in my bedroom than there are of my family! 

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Words: Sarah Peatling 

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