Hetta Harris has been appointed as the new Outreach and Engagement Officer–Thoroughbred Stud & Breeding Sector–for Racing Welfare. She began in this new position in May. Funding for the role was secured from The Gerald Leigh Charitable Trust.
Previously Harris ran her own pre-training business in Wiltshire and, prior to that, training for Qatar Racing at Robins Farm in Surrey. She also spent time in American and Australia in both training and stud operations. Harris is also a trustee at the British Racing School.
She is currently working to identify Racing Welfare's existing contact with the breeding community as well as identifying areas that may have had less contact with the charity or have less awareness of services, working with various stakeholders and Racing Welfare's regional welfare teams to better understand this.
Speaking on behalf of The Gerald Leigh Charitable Trust, Sarah Whitney said, “We are delighted to be continuing to support the charitable work of Racing Welfare with the development of this new initiative to appoint a dedicated engagement and outreach officer specifically for the bloodstock and breeding industry. The Gerald Leigh Charitable Trust really hopes that more people working within these workplaces will be made fully aware of all the many services which Racing Welfare offers to both employers and employees.”
“I am delighted to have joined Racing Welfare and to focus on the stud and breeding community,” said Harris. “There is a lot that Racing Welfare can offer this sector of the industry and I hope we can grow our support in the months to come.”