The horses trampled upon the training page, mastering their craft of this Academy. A young Duke is passionate about the sport. Once a jockey, there is a 20-year-old female apprentice named Cheetah Uck. She stands tall amid the stereotypes that have portrayed the sport as a male domain in Zimbabwe. "I've been doing horse riding for two years, and I do it because I love horses," she says. "We started with five girls, but I'm the only one left. The others were scared, and they couldn't do it. Throughout my years, I've seen people come and go. They've tried and been as keen as beans, but one day they just can't do it." Cheetah hopes that the apprentices appreciate what she's teaching them and that they can find the determination to stick with it. She wants to inspire other young women to excel in the sport. "I would love to encourage other girls to join, because it's a great opportunity. It's a great thing. We get to experience the other side, and they shouldn't be scared or intimidated by the boys. What the boys can do, we as ladies can do it better with determination." Cheetah sees herself riding in the Melbourne Cup, becoming the first female jockey to win it. However, Cheetah and her colleagues face another challenge. Horse racing in Zimbabwe has not been spared from the economic challenges facing the nation. It is reported that since the year 2000, the breeders and horse owners have experienced significant financial difficulties. (Edmund Nebula, CG TN.