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From the perspective of - Anna Jordsjo

A Norwegian native, now calling Australia home, Anna Jordsjo rode her first race at Port Augusta (which she finished 2nd) in 2016, and now boasts over 2000 starts, with majority of them coming from country racing locations. We had a chat with Anna about her experiences with country racing, and what you can expect when heading to a race meeting.

What is your favourite country racing track to visit, and why?

My favourite country racetrack would probably be Mindarie-Halidon because it always attracts a good crowd and is always a great day out. Another club with an amazing atmosphere and always provides a great racing event is the Kangaroo Island Carnival. It's one I look forward to each year.

Why should people plan a day out at a country racing meet?

The atmosphere at a country race meeting is always great, as there doesn't need to be a big crowd for everyone to enjoy themselves. As a jockey you can sense the excitement of the crowd and it is far easier to interact with them. It's great to see everyone watching horses, having a drink and a laugh with friends and family. I always see kids smiling everywhere.

Why is the success of country racing so important for the racing industry?

I think the success of country racing is so important to the industry as it brings the foundation of racing together. Metropolitan racing is great but country racing is the base for it all and it gives all the “smaller” trainers, owners and staff a chance to compete and grow.

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