Laura Rosier Honored
The San Luis Rey Downs training facility has been home to many spectacular horses of the years. It takes great management skills and dedication to horses and the horse racing industry to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the horses and staff is met. Many trainers rent permanent stables at San Luis Rey Downs, as its great facilities and care are known throughout the horse racing industry. One of the people who assists in keeping the training centre up to standard was recently honored with the Outstanding Woman in Thoroughbred Horse Racing Award, namely Laura Rosier.
Laura Rosier, then known by her maiden name of Dart, entered into the world of racing in 1973, at the age of twelve, working at the Tijuana Caliente Racetrack as a backstretch worker. Her time in Mexico helped her to learn the Spanish language, which has been a tremendous aid to her in communicating with workers at the San Luis Rey Downs training centre. She also worked as an exercise rider and had the opportunity to ride as a jockey, winning two races, but had to hide her identity as female jockeys were frowned upon during the 1970’s.
While visiting family in San Diego, Laura Rosier stumbled on the San Luis Rey Downs facility and has been with them ever since 1980. She also met her husband there, trainer Tim Rosier, and began assisting him with his training, until she obtained her trainer’s license in 2002. Her dedication to San Luis Rey Downs and passion for the industry has seen her climb the ladder of success, becoming a member of the board on the San Luis Rey Downs Horsemen’s Organization and the Bonsall Chamber of Commerce. She is also a representative of the California Thoroughbred Trainers and the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation. At present, she is the vice president of SLRDHO, as well as trainer, project director, safety and security director and human resources officer. She has arranged funding to assist horsemen with health care, compensation, dental work, pension, immigration and various other issues, while ensuring safety and dealing with tour groups who visit the facility.
Her tireless efforts were been recognized by the California State Legislature, when State Senator Bob Margett and State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino awarded the Outstanding Woman in Thoroughbred Horse Racing to her, with SLRD general manager Leigh-Ann Howard, second assistant manager Sandy Moore, her husband and daughter, showing their pride and support.