Racing Runs Through Macey’s Blood

By Abby Delucyk

With the last name Howlett, it’s no surprise Macey has found her way in the Racing industry. Taking after her trainer father Todd Howlett, Macey shares in the love of horses by managing her time between retraining her own off the track Thoroughbreds and riding trackwork for her father’s stable.

Macey Howlett has always been a keen lover of horses and racing being thrown horseback at a young age with the influence and success of her father contributing to her passion of horses. She joined Singleton Pony Club at age 2 to begin riding lessons, entering her first competition at just 3 years of age. “With dad being a trainer, I have always just been around horses which made me really get into Pony club at a young age giving every discipline a go.”

This newfound interest in riding continued to grow, with Macey getting her first horse when she was 3, a mare called ‘Brandy’. She has since added to her collection to include 2 off the track Thoroughbreds, Roy’s Command and Undemocratic who once raced under the Todd Howlett name. “I’ve always loved these horses so the owners decided to give them to me once they retired from racing, allowing me to retrain them myself.”

Roy’s Command and Macey at the Hunter Valley Jump Club early on in his retraining

Eight-year-old gelding Roy’s Command, the stable favourite, and Macey developed a special bond throughout his racing career with Macey strapping him at most of his races and riding him around the farm when she could. “He is a really easy going and a cool horse, being easy to handle and retrain.” This special bond has since grown with Macey leading his retraining, putting him through hours of desensitising activities and honing in on their eventing and show jumping skills for upcoming competitions.

“The first eventing competition I took Roy’s Command to in Quirindi we won! He was still very ‘racehorse minded’ but has definitely improved.” The duo has since significantly progressed in their training and competitions, before lockdowns and the recent weather chaos halted their competition stride.

After pushing past the struggle of the early mornings, Macey began to invest more of her time into learning the ropes of her dad’s stable, leaving her love for racing to overtake her desire to be at school. With her foot already in the door thanks to her dad and her own efforts Macey decided to leave school in year 10, transitioning smoothly from being a student to a full-time track work rider.

“I would wake up early before school and ride as well as spending my weekends helping dad. He wasn’t too happy about me leaving school, but I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do so it was pretty easy to move as I always knew I was going to work there and it was helpful knowing everyone already within the industry.”

Macey leading winner Souchong after winning at Muswellbrook

With not having to deal with the pressure of school anymore, Macey now fills her days with waking up before the sun to ride track work before returning home to develop her own equestrian skills with her 2 boys. With upcoming competitions in mind, Macey has her eyes set on adding to her ribbon collection with 5yo Undemocratic who she plans to use for eventing competitions.

Between balancing her own retraining efforts and trusted role as a track work rider, Macey is also completing her Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) with the Team Thoroughbred NSW Training Academy. With this qualification behind her, Macey dreams to keep the Howlett legacy alive within the racing industry by becoming a racehorse trainer herself taking over the stable in the future. “I’m not 100% set on it but I know I want to continue working with horses”.

Roy’s Command and Macey at Denman Horse Trials

Careers Corner – September 2022 Edition

Hello and welcome to the September 2022 edition of Careers Corner, the monthly e-newsletter of Team Thoroughbred NSW Training Academy. Thanks for subscribing and being part of our community of racing enthusiasts. Each month we will bring you the latest news from the Training Academy, information on upcoming events, careers in the racing industry, courses available and more.

Sophie Brown: Watch This Space

Racing is second nature to 23yr old Sophie Brown. Not even the 3:30am wake ups in the cold or the stress of balancing her full-time role with her own dressage training can take away from Sophie’s love for racing. It’s no wonder she is a trusted junior foreman for Mark Newnham Racing.

Read the inspiring story here.


Certificate II in Racing Industry (Stablehand)

Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand)

Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)

Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)

Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)

Certificate III in Racing Services (Racing Administration)

Find Out More Here


Apprentice Ashleigh Stanley takes us through a day in the life of a female jockey.

View the video here


Name – Tamsin Gough

Age – 18

About me – I am currently on the path to pursuing my dream career and becoming a jockey! I’ve ridden my whole life and ridden trackwork for almost 3 years, my workplace is my second home. 

Course Studying – Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)

Fav Part about your job – Progressing everyday and getting to learn the ropes of reading a horse to help race ride in the future. 

Future Career Aspirations – Race ride for at least 15 years and then become a pre trainer/trainer. 

Instagram handle – @tamsingough 


Look out for the Team Thoroughbred NSW Training Academy Tent and Come say hi!

15 September – KARI Foundation Employment Expo
Liverpool Catholic Club  

28th September – Racing Industry MAE Showcase Day For Women
Newcastle Racecourse  9.30am – 2pm


YPR is a friendly and fun networking group for young racing enthusiasts. Members enjoy the following benefits:
– FREE access to YPR’s race day functions and other events
– Regular updates on industry news
– Discounts and exclusive offers from YPR Partners


Ever thought about a career in the racing industry? Here is a list of career options available:


Jockeys, Stablehands, Trackwork Riders, Racehorse Trainers, Breeders


Accountants, Communications, Computer Technicians, Handicappers, Insurance Brokers, Judges, Legal Services, Newsagents, Photo Finish Technician, Security Firms, Solicitors, Starters, Stewards


Agistment Farms, Auctioneers, Breeders, Stud Masters


Event Management, Racecourse Hospitality


Ambulance Officers, Barrier Attendants, Bookmakers, Builders & Tradespersons, Carpark Attendants, Chefs, Clerk Of Course, Clerk Of Scales, Doctors, Gardeners, Hospitality, TAB Personnel


Chiropractors, Float Drivers, Float/Coach Builders, Horse Shoe Manufacturers, Mechanics, Produce Suppliers, Saddlers, Transport Operators Technicians, Vehicle Suppliers, Veterinarians, Veterinary Suppliers


Journalists, Printers, TV Camera Staff, Photographer


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