Horse trainer Julie Hodder of ‘Julie Hodder Racing Stables’ in Grafton; has had a lifelong affinity with horses.
Julie said that she has been involved in the industry from around the age of 15 when she got her strappers licence in Perth.
“I’ve always been obsessed with horses and wanted to be around them,” Julie said.
“I’ve been a trainer for 15 years and have been working out of these stables (Cuban Song Lodge) on and off for around six years.
“Racing runs in the family. My nanna was involved in racing and each of my three children (two daughters and a son) have all been involved in the racing industry.
“My daughter, jockey Belinda Hodder has had great success and an amazing career spanning 10 years and is currently a leading NSW female rider.
“As a trainer, you put 100 per-cent into what you do and you do it out of love for the horses.
“They all have their own unique personalities. There are so many things that go into a champion horse. It’s a combination of heart, mind, stride, the will to win and attitude is important.
“You want to see your horses thrive and see them grow and be happy.
“You can quickly see if they are not enjoying what they’re doing – they’ll go off their food.
“You can’t make a 500 – 600 kilo animal do what they don’t want to do and although you feed them well, you can’t make a slow horse fast.
“I have six horses currently in my stable and I enjoy having a smaller stable as you can give your horses 100 per-cent of your attention,” she said.
Julie said that as much as she loves her job as a trainer she has no aspirations of being another Gai Waterhouse.
“I take my hat off to her,” said Julie.
“I look up to her and her strength and how she runs such a large stable.
“She is a real inspiration for female trainers,” she said.
Julie is looking forward to seeing some of her horses have a run during the upcoming July Racing Carnival in Grafton.
“Hopefully La Dolsa Vita will get a run in the Kirby and Hippopus a run in the Maclean Cup, she said.
The Julie Hodder Racing stable trained two winners last season and has produced four winners so far this season, with More Patasi winning in Grafton on 30 April.
DISCLAIMER: This story was printed in the Winter 2018 edition of the Clarence Scene.