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The lady is a horse-whisperer

Nov 26,2007
Lee Jin-sil
Lee Jin-sil, 21, comes to work at 4 a.m. everyday and starts grooming her “clients.”
She is Korea’s first female horse trainer.
She recently began working at the Busan Gyeongnam Race Park, overcoming doubts that women could handle racehorses weighing more than 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds).
“Using my feminine touch, I want to train the world’s best race horses,” said Lee.
She is one of the first graduates of Horseman High School in Namwon, South Jeolla Province.
After graduation, she worked as a trainer for young horses at a private horse farm on Jeju Island for three years.
Horse trainers train young horses for a racing career, taking care of them from feeding to grooming. There are about 500 horse trainers at the Seoul Horse Racing Park in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province, and around 200 trainers at the park in Busan. Lee is the only female trainer.
She says her colleagues call her “monkey” because of her energetic, vivacious and upbeat personality. She keeps talking with her horses to build and maintain intimate connection with them.
“I aim to prove that women can be better horse trainers than men,” Lee said. Yonhap



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