Everyone's A Winner

Everyone's A Winner is a project that invited retired racing employees to create a Personal Journal about their individual careers in the racing industry.  The project was written and delivered by Paula Wilson, funded by Market Place, part of the Creative People and Places programme, who are initiated and funded by Arts Council England, also partnered with Racing Welfare and Palace House, The Horse Racing Museum and The Racing Centre. Their combined contributions have provided this interesting opportunity for the participants to visit new places, meet new people, learn new skills whilst collecting and collating the story of their lives and proving they are all winners in one way or another!

The members recounted many stories decade by decade and provided photographs to support them. There has been a lot of laughs, chatter and comparing of knowledge.  All the information has been processed and reproduced to create Personal Journals.  


People outside the industry can benefit from reading the informative accounts of a wide variety of jobs as they were performed by the participants in decades past and gain an understanding of the changes, good and bad, that have taken place. 

The project began in February 2018 with a visit to Weatherby's, Wellingborough. This was followed by a research section when the group met at the Racing Room in Newmarket Library on a weekly basis.  They worked on finding historical racing information using The Racing Calendar collection, first edition published in 1727. Relaxed, enjoyable and everyone got to know each other before beginning to reveal their life stories. The group paid a visit to the Jockey Club Rooms to look at their fine collection of paintings as a finale to their research. From April the group met at The National Horse Racing Museum when they began researching themselves in preparation for their Journals.  This transpired to be a fascinating, fun journey for all of us. 


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The project progress is covered in the articles below beginning in February at the very bottom of the page.

Paula's at Palace House, Newmarket where her racing art has been on display along with her recent Community Project Everyone's Winner. The participants of the project joined Paula to talk with visitors about the Personal Journals they made with her about their lives in the racing industry. Their stories are very interesting, and no one tells them the way they do. Visitors from all corners of the globe, were fascinated by all the different jobs they had done during the course of their careers and in turn shared common experiences. 

Paula is investigating further funding opportunities with the aim of offering a similar project to more retired racing employees.

If you are interested in participating please make contact via this website contact page.

Newmarket Music & Arts Festival July 1st - 31st

The King's Yard, Palace House


Painting the most recent Winners of the 2000 Guineas

Alie Tyers

Godfrey King (Tich)

Proud of his life in the racing industry

Display of Personal Journals

Tich King talking to visitors

Christine Avison

Sharing her stories from Clarehaven fifty year ago with a keen visitor

Alie Tyers

Sharing stories from her Journal

Stevie Kingstree and Sue Willows

Stevie Kingstree and Sue Willows

Tich King

Sharing his Journal with his wife Elaine and daughter Susan.

Winners of the 2000 Guineas

...the last year on this canvas will be 2033!


This couple came especially to read the journals and stayed until they had!


avidly reading

Patrick Purcell

Reading the Journals

Painting the latest Guineas Winners

Winners of the Classics, Paula Wilson at

200 winning colours from 1809 to 2008 and the key. A visual archive of the 2000 Guineas winners forms an abstract painting.

Everyone's a Winner will be on display in the stable block in

The King's Yard, Palace House, Newmarket

for the Music and Arts Festival 1 -31st July 2019


The participants of Everyone's a Winner who have created their Personal Journals about their life and work in the Horse Racing industry, will be coming in by arrangement to share their stories.


Calendar of their attendance  or Palace House (01638) 667313 

Changes occur slowly and we don't notice, then when 40 or 50 years have passed things have changed a lot especially in horse racing industry.  It is fascinating to hear them tell what apprentiships invovled back in the day. They are lovely people do come along

Paula's Art is on display too.

Great to have the Everyone's a Winner project covered in CB8 Magazine

December 20, 2018

In December 2017 I introduced a project called 'Everyone's a Winner' at the Racing Welfare Christmas coffee morning at the Racing Centre, Newmarket.  At the 2018 event I put on a display of the years’ work of nine humorous, hardworking people who had ventured to sign up.

We have been on visits, performed research and most importantly recorded their life's work in the racing industry in the form of a Personal Journal....

November 5, 2018

Racing Welfare kindly invited their 'Sporting Memories' groups, of which 'Everyone's a Winner' is one, to spend a day at Newmarket Racecourse in one of Godolphin's hospitality boxes, which was donated for the final race meeting of 2018. 

The project participants were invited to celebrate the completion of their 'Personal Journals', which display the timeline of their lives in the racing industry.  Sadly, not ever...

October 20, 2018

As I  collate the Personal Journals for the members of Everyone's a Winner, I am feeling like a time traveller, seeing the world through other people's eyes. Recording their descriptions of things they have done ignites my imagination and I find myself visualising performing the tasks.  I am  acutely aware of the order of their timelines.  I am constantly reading and re-reading to establish date order and asking "does this go...

September 10, 2018

When you have something special to show off it's always nice to present it in an eye catching way.  The legacy of spending a  life time employed in the horse racing industry by the participants of Everyone's a Winner's are no  exception.  The outsides are covered in different coloured silk which contrast with the insides.  There are two covered buttons, two silk ribbon ties....

September 10, 2018

The design and development of the journal construction went through various process alterations until I arrived at a satisfactory, functional, yet attractive solution.

The insides are made of different  coloured card to correspond with the racing colours worn by jockeys.  The pages are stuck along one edge and fold like a concertina or accordion.  It can be closed and tied at one side and used like a book or opened out to...

September 10, 2018

This has been my first experience of working with retired racing people and what a delight they have been.  Stories have been exchanged one after the other and at great speed, accompanied by a lot of laughter.  We were meeting to create a Personal Journal of their lives working in the racing industry.  My task was to encourage them to record their careers in a way that they would be proud of and could be shared with the public...

April 25, 2018

So far they have been shown the principal of what they will make and how to break the process of reflection down to manageable pieces. Now it is up to them to remember and find memorabilia they can use. Each journal will be totally unique and show the diverse careers available within the industry.  Some have swung into action enthusiastically whilst others are at the thinking stage, though it is very difficult to hear yourself...

March 24, 2018

Since February, the participants of Everyone's a Winner have been researching the racing colours of owners who won the British Classic races.  They began with the inception of the races working to the present day and needed to verify some of the anomalies.  The Jockey Club Rooms agreed to us using their wonderful collection of historic paintings to complete this stage of the project. 

Our sincere thanks...

February 22, 2018

I met the second Racing Welfare group at Palace House, Newmarket today.  We went to see the fascinating collection and how the collection can hold illuminating information, when searching for historic racing colours, as part of a project Everyone's a Winner. Find out more

February 21, 2018

The members have been hampered by snow and ill health and have stoically managed to maintain a constant group of researchers throughout the seven weeks, never the same four twice.

There was a touching response by the members to the treasures they found and a respectful fascination to be using books from so long ago. Everyone has been pleased to be introduced to the Racing Room in Newmarket Library and have been back under their...

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