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Sheila Laxon

Sheila Laxon (born in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales) was the first female thoroughbred horse trainer to win the Australian cups double, the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup, with her mare Ethereal in 2001[1]. Her efforts were recognised when she took out the Fred Hoysted Award for the Australian season's outstanding training performance.

Sheila was born in Pontypridd and her early childhood was spent on a small farm in Wales, run by her mother. Her father was away from home much of the time working as a ship's pilot. It was on the farm that Sheila developed a passion for horses through pony clubs, gymkana's and showjumping.

Before emigrating to New Zealand around 1980, she spent time working with English trainer John L. Dunlop at his stables in Arundel, Sussex.

In New Zealand she married trainer Laurie Laxon in 1983, and took out her own training license in 1990.

Sheila is still currently training in a partnership with John Symons at Whiteheads Creek in country Victoria.

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