Meet our Creative Director, Hayley Blythe Devlin – Rorison

Horses were always my thing. I rode ponies from a young age, and I was determined that in some shape or form, they would be my career. I grew up In Scotland just outside Glasgow, in a wee town called East Kilbride. A friend of mine who was teaching at an agricultural college in Scotland recommended racing as a career. At sixteen I was accepted to the British Racing School in Newmarket. Upon completing my foundation course, I was placed with dual Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning national hunt trainer Noel T Chance in Lambourn. Jumps racing was my first love. I thoroughly enjoyed how the horses were trained and it was a perfect first placement for someone wanting to learn. Noel was a magnificent boss. We had the privilege of having top jockeys such as Richard Johnson, William Kennedy, and Tom Siddall schooling the horses regularly.  

Jumps racing tends to wind down in the summer so I took the opportunity to join a flat stable to gain more experience. There was an opening at Clive Cox’s. I stayed with Clive for a few years, and I was privileged to look after his first-ever Group 1 success in Gilt Edge Girl. I had a wonderful few seasons learning to brake in, ride gallops, and travel. Gilt Edge Girl gave me my first taste of international racing. She saluted in the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp in 2010. Upon returning from our Paris trip Gilt Edge Girl was subsequently sold to the prominent southern hemisphere breeder Paul Makin.  

Australia

It was at this point I realised the magnitude of opportunities that the racing industry could offer globally. So, my now husband David and I organised to spend a year in Australia gaining further experience. It was Noel Chance that helped organise my first role in Australia in January 2011. In his younger years, he himself had spent time at Randwick in Sydney under master trainer Neville Begg. His son Grahame Begg had taken over his stable and was now training in the exact same location.

I spent several years as Grahame Begg’s foreman, as well as completing a breeding season at Darley’s Woodland Stud in the Hunter Valley. After a very successful training career, Grahame took a break from training and closed his Sydney stable at the end of 2014. At the start of 2015, I joined prominent Sydney metropolitan trainer Joseph Pride as his Racing Manager. I had the pleasure of witnessing all three brothers’ Tiger Tees, Terravista, and Ball Of Muscle race. As well as the likes of Eduardo, Destiny’s Kiss, Stockman, Rain Affair, I Am Zelady, Brutality, and Private Eye.  

In 2018 Rorison Media was born with David at the helm. I assisted when I could while David worked hard to continue to grow the business and client base. 

 

The Thoroughbred Network

In 2019 I launched my podcast ‘The Thoroughbred Network’. I have always been passionate about sharing our industry with a wider audience. I felt there was too big a gap between the equestrian and racing industries. The Thoroughbred network champions the thoroughbred and the people involved. We discuss the breed and its accomplishments with people both in and out of the industry. 

In 2020 I joined Rorison Media full-time. With the demand for media creation growing within the industry, we felt we needed to expand Rorison Media’s growth capability. We’ve been operating Rorison Media for over 4 years. We proudly work with a select number of studs, trainers, and syndications to produce parade videos and promotional content. Whilst building an incredible team we’re always looking at how we can better our services and continue to innovate. 

Therefore, Stridyl was born. Our vision was to create a dedicated marketplace for trainers and syndications to advertise their shares. We wanted to create connections with those wanting to become owners. Stridyl creates attention. By producing original entertainment to educate our audience who can then interact with our licensed trainers and syndications to be racehorse owners. 

Our marketplace will be ready in 2023.