London Olympic silver medallist Zara Phillips MBE has been named as the ambassador for the 2013 Magic Millions Carnival on the Gold Coast. This is an appointment which will see her visit Sydney, Australia in early January 2013 for the week-long Magic Millions January Raceday and Carnival, where the world’s first women’s-only incentive – Magic Millions Racing Women (MMRW) 2YO Classic – is run.
“My passion for horses and all aspects of equestrian competition stems from my family’s influence,” she said in a statement. Ms Phillips will be the first Magic Millions Racing Women ambassador, a role created to educate and encourage Australian women to become more active in all aspects of the thoroughbred racing industry.
“Women continue to play an important role in horse racing and bloodstock in a number of areas.
“Australia is a serious contender internationally and is renowned for the quality of its thoroughbreds, racing carnivals and professionalism.” She said.
MMRW was launched in 2011 by Magic Millions co-owner and thoroughbred horse racing industry advocate, Katie Page-Harvey. Her vision is to continue to increase the profile of women in the sector with which she has been involved for over 30 years. Ms Page-Harvey is delighted to have such an internationally accomplished equestrienne to help educate women about the MMRW
MMRW’s intended goal is to educate and encourage Australian women to become more active in all aspects of the thoroughbred racing industry. Katie Page-Harvey says she is ‘delighted to have such an internationally accomplished
equestrienne to help educate women about the MMRW initiative.’
“We are delighted that Zara has agreed to be the inaugural ambassador for the Magic Millions Racing Women initiative. She was an exemplary ambassador for her sport and her country at the recent Olympic Games in London and we look forward to welcoming her to Australia in January.
“The aim of the Racing Women initiative is to increase the profile of women within our industry and involve more women in ownership. Thoroughbred racing contributes $5 billion to gross domestic product each year and we know women work to create a lot of this output.
“We want to shine a light on women’s vital contribution and make it easy for women to participate through horse ownership. Statistics indicate that less than 25% of Australia’s racehorses are owned by women either as individuals or in all-female partnerships. I’d like to see more. Through ownership you become involved in all facets of the business – training, tactics and the thrill of a win is like nothing else”, Ms Page-Harvey said.
Queensland Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey echoes these sentiments and said Ms Phillips’ presence will draw national and international attention. “To attract an internationally recognised equestrienne of Ms Phillips’ standard… Carnival is a
fantastic example of Queensland’s growing status as a premier event and holiday destination,’’ she said.
An internationally accomplished equestrienne, Ms Phillips brings to the MMRW initiative a genuine passion for the industry and depth of knowledge. She fosters a lifelong passion for horses, ignited by her parents and grandmother’s commitment to thoroughbred sporting endeavours.
Daughter of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, Ms Phillips holds a number of elite sporting accolades, including a silver medal in the team eventing at the London Olympic Games. She is a former European individual and team Gold medallist as well as individual World Champion in 2006. She was named the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year and was conferred a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to equestrianism in 2007.
Speaking from her UK stables post-Olympics, Ms Phillips said how pleased she is to be associated with Australia’s premier thoroughbred sales company, Magic Millions, and to be representing its Racing Women initiative.
“I got involved in Magic Millions Racing Women to help try and raise awareness of the many different ways in which women can be involved in this amazing industry, including horse ownership, and to raise the profile of women in the racing industry in Australia, by encouraging women to get more involved.
“Magic Millions is having a race where there will be horses competing that are solely owned by women. There are additional prizes for the first four horses owned by women that cross the line. I mean all over the world there are a lot of very successful women that own race horses. And the Australians want to make it more high profile and inclusive,” concluded Ms Phillips.