Skye Smalley is a well known face around Warwick Farm having worked here for over 10 years for group 1 winning trainers, Marc Conners, the late Guy Walter and now Joe Pride. Having worked for such prestigious trainers in the past, Skye's knowledge and dedication within her role at the Pride Racing stable is second to none.

Skye was born and bred in the Western Sydney suburbs, Blacktown to be precise, and her love affair for horses started at the age of just 6 weeks old when her father sat her on the back of a Shetland pony. By the age of 7 Skye was given her first ever pony, a cute little chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail called Tinkerbell- in other words, a little girls dream! As soon as she left school, Skye got a job working for trainer Marc Conners at the farm, before later moving to work for the late Guy Walter where in 2012 she won the Racing NSW Strapper of the Year award prior to him sadly passing away in 2014. Skye speaks extremely fondly of Guy and smiles as she reminces about working for him before joining us here at Pride Racing. Throughout the years Skye has completed her certificates 2 and 3 in racehorse care and her passion and dedication has shined through as she took on the roll as one of our foremen.

Strapping multiple group 1 winning mare, Streama, for Guy Walter in the George Ryder at Rosehill would have to be the highlight of Skye's career so far but she informs me that she has high hopes for team Pride's 2018/2019 season and aims to strap a group 1 winner for Joe within the next couple of years.

"I think Fasika will be one to watch within our stable, I'm looking forward to seeing how she improves. I love the way she's built, she has a big, strong rear end so I'm hoping that means she'll have a decent amount of power" Skye said as she looks into the season ahead. Regarding role models within the industry Skye looks up to Gai Waterhouse, "she speaks her mind and doesn't take any rubbish from anyone. I think everyone should take a leaf out of Gai's book" she said.

Hard working, reliable and kind hearted, Skye is an absolute asset to the team. She's well respected amongst her collagues and we couldn't be more proud to have her represent Pride Racing.

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