The Importance of Mentors: Alice Thurtle

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Alice Thurtle | Tweenhills

Who has been the biggest inspiration in your career and why?

AT: Tough question. There are so many inspirational people within the industry. For my own career, my parents are definitely responsible for my passion for horses and racing. I was riding before I could walk and spent most of my childhood bringing on and selling ponies. That [background] taught me so much from assessing conformation and ability, to breaking in and educating youngsters.

At university, my lecturer at the time, Annie Bishop, was a massive influence. She had been a manager at some of the major studs and was the one who then encouraged me to go and work in Australia. This really ignited my passion for the breeding industry. She would also turn a blind eye if I wanted time off to work at the sales or go racing during term time.

What's the best advice you've been given and why did it stick with you?

AT: To take every opportunity and always try to make a good first impression. I think the latter is especially relevant within racing where you may only meet people briefly at the races, riding out or working at the sales. A good first impression goes a long way.

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