My name is Fiona Ahern. I am 20 years old and I am from a small village in West Waterford called Ballyduff. I am a full time student in University College Cork, studying Early Years and Childhood studies. I hope to continue my education to become a Primary School Teacher someday. I have a wide range of hobbies from football to drama to dancing to singing, playing guitar and lots more in between. My experience with horses began at a young age as my father broke a lot of horses and my sister and I were his riders on a regular basis and out hunting and on charity rides. I continued on to pony club with the West Waterford club and took part in many show jumping competitions. My experience of riding out race horses started at the age of 16 in Sean Ahernes yard. I have been riding out here ever since on weekends and holidays. My interest in horse racing grew from following my sister’s career as a jockey to wanting to do more myself. Last year my sister suffered an injury from a fall. I decided to take on the Corinthian challenge as I have seen first-hand the work that Injured jockeys funds do for people and the intense care which some receive. I wanted to give back to a fund. I took on this challenge for many more reasons one being that it would be an amazing experience to ride on some of the top tracks in our country. It was an opportunity I could not leave slip by without giving it a go.