Today we are over the moon to bring you a story on the passionate – Paula Newnham.
Horse racing has always flowed through Paula Newnham’s veins. It started from an early age when Paula and her much loved brother, Mark Newnham, would go to their Grandfather’s farm and ride horses. Their Grandfather was a jockey and trainer which drove a desire for Mark to follow in his footsteps. With this desire burning, it lead Mark to become a renowned jockey and today a successful trainer with his own stables at Randwick and Warwick Farm.
Returning back to Paula.
Having such a love for racing, Paula too was driven to a career in racing. Her chosen path started with a move to the Gold Coast where she began working for the Gold Coast Turf Club as their Membership Ambassador. Paula never took her eyes away from Mark’s career as a jockey and she always supported him. Paula returned to Sydney around the same time that Mark took out his trainer’s license. The support then moved into Mark’s stables, where she would attend all race meetings, following Mark’s horse. This quickly turned into an addictive obsession.
In January 2018 it was with so much excitement that Paula secured a position with Darby Racing as their Public Relations/ Assistant Racing Manager. Her role with Darby Racing was exactly what Paula was looking for – to communicate with owners, keep them up to date with their horses, coordinating with trainers regarding race programs, visiting horses at spelling farms, attending barrier trials and also race meetings. Paula has such a diverse job and is not only limited to these roles – this was a mere overview of her very rewarding job. Paula is thriving in her position.
For Darby Racing, Paula is your first point of call and you will receive a warm, bubbly personality together with a hunger passion for racing behind it. You will always see her smiling face with a great laugh behind it at any race meeting. Darby Racing is on fire so it won’t be too long before you see Paula in the winner’s circle on behalf of Darby Racing.
Thoroughbred Events Australia wish Paula all the success in the world. The racing industry is in great hands with such ambassadors of the game as Paula Newnham – a strong, positive and vibrant woman with such love and knowledge of the industry.
Words by Robyn Fowler
Editor Sharon Lenton