It cannot be easy to have one foot in a high-fashion stiletto and another in a pile of horse manure.
But that is the daily life juggle for 2015 Miss Universe Australia finalist and WA thoroughbred racing devotee Brittany Taylor.
And, strangely for some, it is the latter she more rigidly pursues over a potential life as a model.
“Miss Universe seems like a lifetime ago and it feels like I’ve grown so much since then,” Ms Taylor said. “It was actually really good in terms of my development and it really encourages you to reflect on yourself.
“But I’m much more at home running around with no shoes on a farm than I am up on a catwalk.”
Ms Taylor can today be revealed as the new ambassador for Racing and Wagering WA’s Owners Only initiative, which promotes racing ownership across the State’s racing, pacing and greyhound codes.
It seems the perfect role for the 23-year-old granddaughter of female WA racing pioneer Lois Taylor and the daughter of leading Perth trainer Jim Taylor.
“I really want to reinforce the mantra that ‘anyone can own a piece of the action’,” she said.
“One of the huge barriers to entry is that people think it is the sport of kings and only for the wealthy, which is simply not true.”
Ms Taylor looks a natural in the saddle at high speed during an early morning trackwork session at her family’s long-time Bullsbrook base.
As a young horse nearby being ridden by her father suddenly threatens to become flighty, she spins around with a “Woo bub” without missing a beat.
Each morning, she seamlessly plays her role as part of a production line of activity by riding up to 10 horses and completing other odd jobs such as cleaning up after them.
“If there’s manure in the yard you grab it, you’re not above that,” she said, admitting she still had not ruled out become a race-riding jockey.
“Mum and Dad did everything they could to steer me away from racing.
“But on my own accord, I was riding as young as I can remember and I was always going to be involved in racing. I realise how fortunate I am to be in a position where this can be my life.
“There are very few people who can have this sort of experience where you wake up every morning at 4.30am and you’re happy to go to work.
“The sun is shining, you’re out on a beautiful property, you’re riding horses, it’s just you and the animal and you’re working with your family.
“You just know you’re happy doing what you do.”
Ms Taylor has a Curtin University commerce degree in public relations.
She is a presenter for Sky Racing and TABradio as well as being an ambassador for Perth Racing, which will host the traditional ladies’ day meeting at Ascot today.
As an Owners Only ambassador she will work at bringing new owners into racing and act as a conduit between industry and potential owners on how to get involved in the sport. She laughed when she told how her stable favourite horse New Time nearly tore her shoulders out of the sockets when he took off on her in one of her first serious gallops as a track rider.
“It was that moment that really got me hooked … that speed and adrenaline,” she said.
But after being given her first racehorse for her 18th birthday present, she was serious about her love for her horses and her new role in the industry.
“There’s nothing quite like owning a winner,” she said.
“It doesn’t matter if you own a hoof or the whole horse, watching your horse cross the line first is just the biggest thrill and excitement you could possibly ask for.”