Behind David Pfieffer Racing is one dedicated foreman – Sue O’Keeffe. With a passion for racing and all animals, it was a pleasure to catch up with such a special woman in racing after a very successful Open Day at their stables on the weekend.
Hi Sue, can you tell us your role within the stable and also how long you have been working here for?
It has now been 7 years as David Pfieffer’s foreman. Before this I worked for Tony Wildman and David was my foreman. I have also run Lord Ben (a pre training complex at Cobbitty) and pre trained for Tim Martin and Grahame Begg.
How long have you been involved in racing and is your family into racing?
I have been working in the industry for 20 years. My grandparents were bookmakers. The horses are my passion and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.
Who is your favourite horse in the stables?
“I Am Excited” but my favourite horses were “Tahitian Black” and “Cradle Me“. I have retained Tahitian Black and New Day Rising who are ex race horses from the stable and they are currently free leased doing pony club.
What are the plans for “I Am Excited”?
She is going to have a Melbourne campaign. I will be travelling to Melbourne with her. I usually travel with the horses when they go for longer stays. I took Denmagic, Cradle Me and Atmospherical to Melbourne for 5 weeks at a time.
How many horses are you looking after at the stable and how many staff do you have?
There are currently 33 horses in work and we have 4 riders and 7 ground staff.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Still working for David I hope. I love my job and being able to have a bond with the horses and seeing them win. It is great to see horses still learning.
What race would you love to see the stable win?
A Group 1 this year with I Am Excited
Thank you so much for your time Sue and we wish you all the success with the stable in the future.
As you can see Sue is a very passionate horse person. She goes above and beyond her duty to ensure the welfare of the horses. It is obvious David values her role within the stable as she keeps it running like clockwork.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]