Careers you never knew existed - Racehorse Syndicator
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The horseracing industry brings to mind images of stables, race days, and jockeys. But in the background an equally important role is being conducted of the racehorse syndicator. Syndicators help match horses with owners, giving those owners the thrill of a lifetime in the process.
From identifying horses to purchase, attending yearling auctions, selling shares, liaising with trainers and attending race days, the life of a syndicator can be varied or highly specialised.
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This is your perfect job if
You have a passion for racing or sport, enjoy interacting with other people, and have some marketing flair and an entrepreneurial spirit.
What is a typical day?
Like a lot of jobs in sport, no two days are the same for Adam. Not only is the work varied, it also takes him to all corners of Australia.
‘Whilst 80 per cent of my week is spent in the office creating marketing campaigns, fielding enquiries and managing our thoroughbred portfolio, I do also attend trackwork two mornings a week to watch our horses work and take footage for our owners.
‘I attend the races regularly to meet and greet our clients and live out of a suitcase for the first few months of the year attending yearling sales. Throw in frequent visits to the breaking-In farms, spelling farms, pre-trainers, and liaising with our trainers and 2000 owners – it is a pretty busy schedule!’
What’s the best part of the job?
‘We have had a lot of success winning some of Australia’s biggest and best horse races. However, the highlight would have to be the joy I see on owners faces when their horse wins. The adrenalin rush they go through and the joy that it brings not just to them but their entire family and friends is a great feeling.’
How do you get there?
While an interest in racing is almost a must, this can be combined with education in business, marketing, sport and event management to give the perfect grounding for the role.
A graduate of UC’s Sports Management degree, Adam credits much of his success on the variety of his educational experiences.
‘The broad range of topics we covered throughout the degree gave me a good grounding and foundation for working life. My degree helped me create time-management skills to successfully complete multiple tasks on time.’
Advice from those who have been there before
‘Love what you do. The racing game consumes your entire life. Horses don’t know what day of the week it is and given that we race seven days a week in Australia you need to love your job and surround yourself with people that will support that.’
Bachelor of Sports Management, University of Canberra (2011)
Adam Watt graduated with a Bachelor of Sports Management from the University of Canberra in 2011. He has completed several internships including with The Magic Millions Sales and Australian Rugby Union.
Adam currently works as the Sales & Marketing Executive for Dynamic Syndications. You can connect with Adam via LinkedIn.