Five Questions with Coolmore's Resident Veterinarian
March 11, 2022
Ahead of the 50th running of the Coolmore Classic, we caught up with Coolmore’s resident veterinarian, Michelle Maidment to hear her favorite memories of horse racing, what an average day entails, and what inspired her to become a vet.
1. As the resident veterinarian at Coolmore what does an average day entail?
During the breeding season, my day is very structured. It usually starts by visiting a foaling unit and checking any mares or foals that the foaling staff are concerned about. I then start palpating and scanning mares using an ultrasound to determine the best time for them to be served by the stallion. We have a veterinarian at all stallion covers so I usually visit the stallion shed at some point in the day. In the off-season, our focus is more on ‘breakers’ and yearlings in the sales preparation. This uses a different skill set and can include radiography of joints, endoscopy of throats, and general first opinion care for all of our horses.
2. What inspired you to become a veterinarian?
From before I could remember I wanted to be a vet. At the age of 13, I got told by a teacher I would never be smart enough to achieve my dream, so that set me a challenge.
3. What Is your favourite thing about your career?
I love working at Coolmore and following the bloodlines from foals that mature into yearlings, then winning at the track and frequently coming back to the stud to breed or even stand as stallions! In my time at Coolmore I have been fortunate enough to work with the likes of Winx, Avantage and September Run in their formative years and it is a great thrill watching them succeed at the highest level on the racetrack. When it comes to quality horse people, pastures and facilities, there really is no better farm in Australia to raise a young equine athlete.
4. Has there been a horse that you have particularly enjoyed working with? If so, why?
I definitely have a soft spot for many of our stallions. ‘So You Think’ for his handsome good looks, ‘Choisir’ was just the most beautiful gentlemen to work with and ‘Pierro’ demands respect and knows how good he is!
5. What is your earliest or favourite memory of horse racing?
I love the thrill of watching horses wind up slowly from the back of the field. Three thrilling memories I have include ‘Adelaide’ winning the Cox Plate and being with a crowd of Coolmore staff in the stand cheering him home. ‘Alcopop‘, a horse I worked with, winning the McKinnon in 2012 and my own mare, bred and trained by my husband weaving through the field to win and paid $56!
Bonus Question: If you were a racehorse what would you be called any why?
Catch the 50th running of the Group One Coolmore Classic at 4.40 pm at Rosehill Gardens.
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