Sophie’s father, Paul Webber, is a very successful trainer in England. Sophie has forged her own path in the industry this side of the Irish Sea. The Oxford graduate gained experience in the industry during her time with Ballydoyle, before joining the digital marketing team at Goffs.

How did you get interested and involved in the industry?

Horses have always been a part of my life. I have had a pony before I could walk and my dad is quite heavily involved in the industry. I graduated with a business degree from Oxford. I went to Ballydoyle for a summer, but ended up staying for a bit longer than that. I’m now working at Goffs in their brand marketing team, which is very exciting.

Who helped you along the way or gave you advice?

I have been very fortunate to meet so many incredible and interesting people throughout my career, many of which I would like to mention. However, the people who have influenced and helped me the most would have to be my mum and dad. They are heavily involved in the racing industry, which is a huge asset with Dad training in the UK and Mum working for Weatherbys at the sales. They have been such an unbelievable support, always encouraging me to make the most of every opportunity possible. So I am extremely grateful to have had them to go to for advice.

What challenges/problems have you faced so far?

I haven’t had too many problems. The bloodstock industry in itself is fast pace. It can be tricky to keep up to date with all the news regarding sires and pedigree. That’s probably the most challenging aspect.

What advice would you give to somebody else who wanted to get involved in the industry professionally?

I think for anyone getting involved, they should know that there is something in this industry for everyone. It is quite a wide, versatile industry. You will find something that will suit you. I think just getting involved and talking to someone about how to get involved is step one. Everyone in the industry is really helpful. So just approach someone and get going.

What are your hopes for the next 12 months?

I suppose I would like to improve my skills on the marketing side of things. We have a busy few months coming up with the sales, which I am very much looking forward to.

Do you have any ambitions to maybe get involved in pin-hooking or breeding, or that kind of thing?

I definitely would have an interest, but maybe further down the line. I might buy a foal and maybe sell it as a yearling or something like that. For now, I am focused on my career in digital marketing with Goffs.