Racehorse trainer Nicky Hugo, who grew up in Cheshire, started her training career in South Africa and now trains in Newmarket (Nicky Hugo Racing) where her daughter Michelle Hugo (retired Jockey) is a protection advisor to jockeys.

Being ‘pony mad’ as a girl, trainer Nicky Hugo learned to ride at a young age and was always competitive (both to prove useful characteristics for becoming a racing trainer later in life!).

This photo shows Nicky as a child with her pony enjoying his usual transport to a show. Both pony and child were completely unfazed by the lack of trailer as they all fitted into the car perfectly!

These days Nicky is able to rustle up more suitable transport for her charges but looks back fondly on the old days and was delighted to share this photo with Eclipse Magazine readers – Many thanks Nicky!

(Sadly, we have to say: DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME FOLKS! Ah, the good old days…)


If you have a photo from your racing (or pony) days, that you would like to share we’d love to hear from you. Would you like to show off the outfit you wore to Royal Ascot one year? Or do you have a retired racehorse as your riding horse perhaps?

Whatever your picture, please send it as a Jpeg file to contribute@eclipsemagazine.co.uk along with your story to explain the photo.

PLEASE NOTE: Please make sure you have the copyright holder’s permission for us to publish the photo. The copyright holder is usually the person who took the photo, so if it was taken by a professional photographer (and not by yourself or someone you know) then you will need to check with them before sending it to us. We are happy to credit photographers as a thank you for letting us use the photo, and can give a hyperlink back to their website as well – just send the details along with the photo.

Karen Sargeant

Karen Sargeant

Karen can usually be found glued to her computer or at the stables. Having edited several national magazines she co-founded Eclipse Magazine in 2008 after realising that many of her friends were nervous about going racing due to lack of information – what to wear, how to bet etc.

She absolutely loves her job (how many people can say that?!) and is truly grateful to all supporters of and contributors to Eclipse Magazine.

If you are reading this she would like to say THANK YOU! (And please spread the word about Eclipse...!!)
Karen Sargeant

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