When jockey Michelle Payne became the first-ever woman to win the 2015 Melbourne Cup, she was clear that she could not have done it without the help of her brother, Stevie, who has Down Syndrome. Stevie works as a strapper, a person who takes care of the racehorses, at Darren Weir stables.
For the Payne siblings, horses have always been a family affair. Their father, Paddy Payne, is a horse trainer who raised Michelle and Stevie after their mother passed away. Eight of their 10 siblings are jockeys, Michelle included, along with two brother-in-laws. Stevie has followed in his family's footsteps in his own amazing way.
"I think it's great for other people with Down syndrome -- to see how capable they can be in normal life," Michelle told ABC News about her bother's role in her historical win. "Stevie can pretty much do anything."
As shown in the video below, Stevie appropriately drew number one in the barrier draw, which determined the horse's gate before the race. This impressive young man is now number one in all of our hearts.