Richie Mullen, like most young boys in the UK had dreams of becoming a footballer. However, two weeks work experience with Donald McCain soon changed his mind.
Being too light to be a jumps jockey Mullen began a career on the flat after completing a term at the Northern Racing Jockey and later joined the stable of Michael Bell.
He remembers the turmoil of riding a lot of bad horses but tells the crowd that anyone can ride a good horse, it's the bad ones that require riding and attributes his effortless skill to these early efforts.
A forward thinker, he asks why do professional jockeys not have coaches like stars of other sports? He mentions golfers, swimmers, footballers as all constantly working with experts to further improve themselves as athletes.
It is imperative to keep learning, "work hard and conduct yourself in the right manner" he advises, "good things happen to good people".