Having worked with horses from a young age, Linda Burton is an experienced horse woman with an abundance of knowledge under her belt. A familiar face around the tracks, Linda has been a part of the industry for many years.
With experience in all facets of the thoroughbred industry, Linda has been a fantastic addition to our team. She gets great enjoyment from seeing the Wexford horses perform and plays an important role in getting them to the races in tip top shape!
With a career spanning over two decades, it was super to get some more insight about Linda as part of our Meet The Team series...
How did you first get involved in the racing industry?
I first got involved in racing as a 13 year old, working for Eddie Dickinson on Woodleigh Street in Waikanae. I came to Matamata in 1984 to work at Waikato Stud. I was then employed by Kevin Old for five years before I went to Japan in 1988 until 1990.
Upon my return, I managed Chandon Stud for Ken Lindsay for five years and worked for Highview Stud and Rich Hill Stud in between.
In Australia, I worked for Judy Mahine doing yearling sales, before returning to Matamata to work for Paul Jenkins, at the now Wexford barn, for about 7 years.
I rode as a freelance track work rider during this time and all up I think I rode at the Matamata Racecourse for 22 years!
I still feel as young as the day is long!
What is your current role?
Ground Staff, looking after the 14 horses at the old Wexford Stable.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Making horses happy and content - even the grumpy ones!
What has been your proudest racing moment with Wexford?
Seeing good horses perform.
Do you have a soft spot for one horse in particular?
Vadamos Queen - She's a good galloper.
One horse in the barn people should keep an eye on over the next few months?
Our Iffraaj/Starwish filly. Although she has just gone out for a spell, so we won't see her for a bit.
What is your favourite thing about Wexford Stables?
Being appreciated for what we do. We have a good team.