Mackay jockey riding into horse training

MACKAY jockey Trinity Bannon is hoping her knowledge of riding horses will help her in a career switch to training.

Bannon received her training licence earlier this month.

"I've always wanted to train but the opportunity came up for me to be a jockey, so I took it while I had it," she said.

"I'll have a crack at (training) and see how I go. I'm enjoying it so far."

At the moment Bannon has two horses in work and one out in the paddock.

She is hoping to have her first runner on February 13 in Mackay.

There's obviously a big difference between riding and training but Bannon said they could complement each other.

"I reckon that when you can ride your own work and train it, you get more of a connection to the horse and you can understand it," she said.

"Some trainers have different jockeys ride their horses different days and you don't get the same connection, so it's definitely a benefit."

Bannon said while she was enjoying training she would continue to do it.

"Whether or not I come back and get a dual licence and ride in the bush (I'm not sure) but for the interim I just want to focus all of my energy into training," she said.

"I'd like to get some more horses into work, I'd like to sit on four."


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