Matt Martin comes from a family with a passion for horse racing, so studying Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Farriery was a natural step to a career in the industry.
Since completing the course Matt has worked with some of Australia’s most famous horses, including Black Caviar.
Melbourne Polytechnic was great. You don’t have time to learn everything on-the-job, so it was good to be able to learn all the intricate parts of the trade.”
A love of horses runs in Matt Martin’s family, with his great uncle and four cousins all working as farriers, and other family members involved in harness racing. Studying the Certificate III in Farriery at Melbourne Polytechnic was a natural step to a career in the industry.
Matt came to Melbourne Polytechnic straight from school because he knew that he loved working with horses.
“To be able to help a lame horse is really satisfying,” says Matt.
Since completing his Certificate III in Farriery at the Epping Campus in 2008, Matt has worked with some of Australia’s leading stables, including Peter Moody, Byron Cozamanis and Brendan McCarthy.
Matt has fond memories of his time at Melbourne Polytechnic.
“It was great. You don’t have time to learn everything on-the-job, so it was good to be able to learn all the intricate parts of the trade like shoe and tool making – skills that you might rarely use, but are still important to know.”
This former Apprentice of the Year has worked at Peter Moody Stables since completing his apprenticeship in 2008. He has shod Black Caviar, one of his many charges at the stables, for all of her 22 race victories including her historic win in the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
But Matt says the job has it challenges with early starts, long hours and physical work.
“It’s six days a week and every public holiday. The hours are demanding, the stable wants you there every day. It’s tough on the new apprentices. There is a lot of bending as well as needing to physically control the horses. A former trainer compared it to running a marathon every day. But your body gets used to it.”
He says Black Caviar is beautiful to work with although “she can get a little stroppy if she has had too much attention from vets, trainers and the media. She likes a bit of quiet.”
Matt currently works with a third year apprentice studying farriery at Melbourne Polytechnic. He says when his apprentice qualifies he’ll look to pick up a bit of extra work.
“I’m really happy where I am working with Peter Moody, Byron Cozamanis and Brendan McCarthy. But with a bit more work I’ll be able to employ another apprentice.”
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Certificate III in Farriery