When we asked you to nominate a friend to receive a 'Happy Hotter Shoes Day' Sandra Hancock suggested horse racing photographer Tracy Roberts.
She told us: "Tracy needs to be comfortable all day as she runs from the last fence to the finish in the paddock. Ideally her shoes need to be waterproof with a good grippy soles and, as a woman with a strong sense of her personal style, they must look good too. So I thought, of course, of Hotter."
Tracy sounded perfect, so we spoke with her to discover her shoe size and, completely intrigued, a little more about her story......
A keen photographer since the age of 12, when her father gave her a camera for her birthday, Tracy combined her hobby with her love of horses when at the age of 16 when she visited Newton Abbot Racecourse.
"I was a keen amateur photographer throughout my career as a nurse, but it wasn't until six years ago that I turned professional," said Tracy, who lives in Dawlish.The life changing decision to follow her dream was made following the bereavement of her husband. He had always encouraged Tracy to set up her own business and, with the support of family and friends, she decided to take 12 months off to try to change her passionate hobby into a full time job. "I started small, learned where to stand and built a portfolio of shots that I sent to jockeys, trainers and stables," explained Tracy. "I took photos of anything horse related from point-to-points and stable visits to jump and flat racing."
Tracy selected these photos from her portfolio for Racing Photographer of the Year to share with our Comfort Club readers - we love the fact that horses can walk on air too!
One of 20 professional commercial freelancers in the UK - of which just three are women - Tracy now travels the country from Aintree to Newbury up to four times a week, and every week of the year, taking up to 1,000 photos at each event.
Tracy's crowning achievement is her recent success in winning the Horse Writers and Photographers Association 'Picture of the Year' Award. The winning photo, of Grand National winner Neptune Collonges, was taken the day after his win, and is a candid shot of trainer Paul Nicholls' daughter Megan who came to his stables to give the winner a hug.
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Hotter is a registered trademark of Beaconsfield Footwear Limited. ® Hotter - All rights reserved 2016
Registered Office: Hotter, 2 Peel Road, West Pimbo, Skelmersdale, WN8 9PT. Company Registration Number: 641365 VAT number 918 434 905