Vanessa Ryle is a Reporter, Features Producer and Presenter for Sky Sports Racing

 

1. What made you chose this career?

I fell in love with racing through watching Channel 4 Racing on a Saturday during my teens and I knew that a career in the racing industry was really what I wanted. Both my parents worked in media and I had grown up surrounded by that world so it seemed like a good idea to combine those two things. A few work placements later and I found myself with an Internship at At The Races (now Sky Sports Racing) and I am still there now. I was incredibly fortunate to be in the right places at the right times and met some people along the way who really helped me get that first foot on the ladder.

 

2. What’s been the best moment in your job?

I have had some really great moments along the way but one that sticks out in the memory is the first ever shoot, At The Races let me go on as the official on screen presenter. They sent me to Brighton on the Wednesday of Royal Ascot to film a feature on the racecourse, it was incredibly unglamorous but I drove there and back on cloud 9 and it felt like I was actually getting somewhere on the career path.

 

3. What’s the worst part about your job?

I honestly struggle to think of a part of my job I don’t like but I suppose when it is gloriously sunny outside and I have to sit in a windowless edit suite for 12 hours then that isn’t ideal!

 

4. What advice would you give to someone wanting to get started in your career?

Say “yes” to everything. Every opportunity, every trip, every invite and every challenge. You don’t know who you will meet along the way and half the battle is meeting the right people and you won’t do that sat at home on the sofa.

 

5. What is the best piece of advice anyone has given you?

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you imagined.”- I do that pretty much every single day.

 

6. If you weren’t a farrier/vet/nutritionist etc. what would you be?

A Nanny- You will be surprised to hear that I am a qualified Childcare Practitioner!

 

7. What has been the most embarrassing or funniest moment in your career?

I have had some really great moments along the way but one that sticks out in the memory is the first ever shoot, At The Races let me go on as the official on screen presenter. They sent me to Brighton on the Wednesday of Royal Ascot to film a feature on the racecourse, it was incredibly unglamorous but I drove there and back on cloud 9 and it felt like I was actually getting somewhere on the career path.