Meet the Team

Kiersten Duke

Racing Assistant

Kiersten (pronounced K-EAR-STEN) joined Pride Racing in 2018 following moving to Sydney, Australia in January 2016, just a couple of months after her partner Jean Van Overmeire made the big move. Born and bred in Essex, England, Kiersten strayed to Newmarket at the young age of 16 to persue her love for horses and landed a 2 year apprenticeship working as a stud hand for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum on both his breaking and pre training yards in Norfolk, just outside of Newmarket, as well as on his stud farm. Shortly after her apprenticeship came to an end, she joined John Berry’s stable in Newmarket and began to ride work before flying out to Aus around a year later to gain more experience.

Also working as a journalist part time, Kiersten is keen to learn from the best around her and is always striving to better herself. Kiersten joined Pride Racing while Hayley was away tying the knot but has since stayed on to assist both Joe and Hayley with client communications, logistics, attending trial and race day meetings and other general day to day jobs within the office.

Hayley Blythe-Devlin Rorison

Racing Manager

Hayley Blythe-Devlin Rorison joined the Pride team in 2015 following four successful years as Grahame Begg’s foreman at Randwick.
Hayley hails from the racing industry capital of Scotland, Glasgow, and began her career in racing in Newmarket, England at the age of just 16. She has since gained invaluable experience with dual Gold Cup winning national hunt Trainer Noel Chance in Lambourn, and flat trainer Clive Cox. With her true passion lying in flat racing Hayley became a regular exercise rider and strapper for Cox where she was privileged to care for Group 1 Prix l'Abbaye winner Gilt Edge Girl, travelling throughout Europe with her during multiple campaigns.

Hayley is driven by success and her passion for horse racing; always striving to learn from the best horseman in the field. She's excited to join the Pride team as Racing Manager and looks forward to sharing much success with Pride Racing owners.

Kylie Pride

Kylie attended the same high school as Joe before embarking on a career where she studied Human Resource Management and joined one of the largest Investment Banks in Sydney for over 9 and half years.
In 2001 Kylie was made redundant and moved into a full time position within the business. Here she not only took on managing the office affairs, but also working within the stables alongside Joe. This included the everyday care of the horses including swimming and walking, attending trial and race day meetings as well as communicating with the owners.
Since having their three beautiful children, Brave, Alice and Charli, Kylie has taken a behind the scenes role and continues her work in the office concentrating on the finance, payroll and some client communication, while caring for the kids.

Kirk Nicholson


Kirk has been shoeing horses for thirty four years and for the last seven years has had two clients which and one of which is Pride Racing. Kirk has been shoeing Pride Racing horses since Joe moved to Warwick Farm and we have has great success together. Kirk started his apprenticeship with Mr Alber O’Cass at Randwick Race Course and started his own business servicing both Randwick and Warwick Farm trainers such as Vic Thompson ( Crown Lodge), Bill Mitchell, John Morish and Bart Cummings. During the 90’s Kirk was the resident farrier for Randwick Equine centre working closely with Dr Jonathan Lumsden and the partners at REC Equine Center. Kirk was a consultant for Ranvet on their hoof care products and brought to market Glue On Shoes and Equilox. Kirk has demonstrated the application of both his products here in Australia as well as New Zeland, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.

Cameron Hankin


Cameron Hankin from Equistry looks after the Equine Dental needs of the many premium racehorses at Pride Racing. After working in the racing industry for over 15 years both in Sydney and Internationally, Cameron knows the importance of performance in racehorses.

After moving from Sydney in 2009 to Berry, on the NSW South Coast Cameron Hankin wanted to explore further how to improve on a horses' overall well being and performance. This led him to commence his studies at the College of Equine Dentistry in Gunnedah, Australia.

Studying Equine Dentistry gave Cameron a new appreciation for the importance of good dental health on horse performance. Having previously worked as Stable Foreman for Pride Racing, Joe Pride was one of the first to fully support and notice the positive impact Cameron’s dental work was having on his horses.

Cameron now services both private and racing clients from as far south as Canberra, out west as far as Cowra and the far north coast of NSW as well as his local south coast. He also travels overseas to China to look after the equine dental needs of China Racing.

Cameron’s place in the Pride Racing team involves communicating with Joe Pride, track work riders and ground staff on the care and performance of the horses in their racing stable. The professionalism and dedication within Pride Racing makes them second to none.

James Whitfeld BVSC


BVSc- Massey University (NZ) 1992

After completing his Veterinary Science degree in New Zealand in 1992 James joined the team at Sydney's Randwick Equine Centre. He later spent three years working in South East Asia for the Malaysian Racing Association, before then returning to Randwick Equine Centre as a partner. James also recently (2011) moved to Bowral in the New South Wales Southern Highlands to become a founding partner of the Southern Highlands Equine Centre.

He provides expert care to our race horses most mornings at Warwick Farm, whilst his afternoons are spent servicing the performance horse properties of the Southern Highlands.James has been involved with Pride Racing from the very beginning, and both he and Joe share the same work ethic, driving professionalism and race track results. James is an integral part of the Pride Racing team; having worked together for many years he is accustomed to Joe's training methods and works simultaneously with the team to help ensure each horse reach to its greatest potential.