On the job: taking the reins as one of Canada’s top athletes

Horse jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson is one of Canada's top athletes

Who: Emma-Jayne Wilson, Dipl. (Equ.) ’01 Job: Professional jockey Success for jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson depends on making split-second decisions while guiding a 540 kg horse as it races at speeds reaching 70 kilometres per hour. “It’s not like a car where you have steering and brakes,” says Wilson, who in 2007 became the first woman

Video: go behind the scenes at the racetrack with jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson

Horse jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson is one of Canada's top athletes

Although she may not be a household name, jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson is one of the country’s most successful female athletes. The University of Guelph alumna is Canada’s most winning female jockey with more than 1,200 career victories, and she has earned well over $60 million in purses for her mounts.