Blog 2 – Charlotte Jones
I went to and lived on an outstanding general equine college campus called Myerscough College when I was 16. This is where I completed my Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management and also my NVQ2 in Horse Care and Management. I enjoyed this thoroughly and wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do yet, so I decided to further my education and stayed on at the college to complete my degree. During this time I presented my research at an international conference in Ireland, I competed in the British Universities and Colleges riding competitions and was the Vice President of the Myerscough team. I also completed my British Horse Society (BHS) Stage 3 exam, and also my BHS Preliminary Teaching Test in order to have the option to become an instructor if I wished.
Upon my second and final year at university I began to think about my future with horses so decided racing was the biggest equine discipline and I wanted to learn more about it. I thought this would be a challenge but rewarding if I managed to succeed, which is why I chose to become involved. I assisted at my local race course (Cartmel) for one meeting and James Moffatt, the local trainer was looking for staff. I thought perfect! I’ll give him a ring. The next day I put on a brave voice and phoned James who I now call Jimmy as my boss. I was lucky enough to secure an invite to the yard and to go and ride out on one of his horses. At this point I had never sat on a race horse but was a competent rider of traditional horses. I must have managed fine that day as I was offered a job and a return date. I originally wanted work experience as I was off for the summer between my second and third year so had to return to University in September, but fortunately for me jimmy kept me on near enough every morning when I had no lectures to help ride out.
When I left University in May 2016 I started full time at Jimmy’s yard and by the July he was putting me forward for my conditional licence. I couldn’t be happier and any prouder as it was only a year previously I had never sat on a race horse let alone picking it up enough to race ride. This was also during the time of juggling riding out with my degree and dreaded dissertation so I had a lot going on.
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