Caitlin (pictured far left) with the winning connections of She's Miss Gevious after victory at Hawkes Bay.  Photo: Racing with Race Images

60 Seconds With - Caitlin Johnson

NZ Racing Desk
18 October 2022
It was certainly a case of 'start as you mean to go on' for Hastings local Caitlin Johnson, who saddled her first runner for her first win since entering a training partnership with Fred Pratt on Livamol Classic Day at Hawkes Bay Racing. She's Miss Gevious delivered a win that will hold a special place in Caitlin's heart for the rest of her career!
Get to know more about the newcomer to the training ranks in this weeks edition of 60 Seconds With - Caitlin Johnson.

1.What was the first career your dreamed of having as a child?

I think I wanted to be a Zoo Keeper

2.If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?

To go on a horse trek somewhere beautiful, maybe somewhere through the South Island

3.Where do you see yourself in five years?

I would love to have a professional stable close to the beach, training a successful team of horses and contributing to the racing industry.

4.When you’re not at the stables or the races, how do you like to spend your time?

I love to spend time with my daughter, at the beach or walking my dogs

5.What made you decide to pursue a career as a racehorse trainer?

I have had a love of horses for my entire life. Pursuing a career with horses – thoroughbreds in particular, has always been my biggest goal. Becoming a trainer is a dream come true for me!

6.What is the best piece of advice you have received?

That’s a tough one to choose just one! But always keep an open mind, never stop learning! Or, You have to shoe the pony before you can ride it.

7.If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be and why?

I would switch with a jockey race day so I could experience the thrill of racing from the other side. I think I would switch with Tayla Mitchell and have the winning ride on She’s Miss Gevious!

8.What do you love most about racing?

I love the close relationship you build with each horse. Knowing their quirks, helping them become their best and then seeing them put it all together on race day.

9.What is the one race you would most love to win and why?

Every win is a good win. My first training win with She’s Miss Gevious will always be the most special race for me.

10.What advice do you have for a young person wanting to pursue a career in training?

Chase your passion! Work hard and never give up!

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