Jessica McLernon receives first Toby Balding Award

The National Trainers Federation (NTF) is delighted to announce that Jessica McLernon is the first recipient of the new Toby Balding Award.

The annual award, worth £4000, offers an exciting opportunity for ambitious employees in British racing yards to widen their knowledge and train to acquire new skills.

The NTF launched the award for racing staff in memory of the late Toby Balding, who as a trainer was dedicated to the support and development of young people in the horse racing industry. It is funded by the National Trainers Federation Charitable Trust (NTFCT) from a donation made by the Adrian Swire Charitable Trust in memory of Toby Balding and will be presented to a member of racing staff who demonstrates a desire to further his or her career in the horseracing industry and to train for a higher-level qualification or undertake personal development training.

“In her application, Jessica McLernon demonstrated the pride she takes in setting high standards in her work,” said Rupert Arnold, NTF Chief Executive and NTFCT trustee. “She is more than happy taking on additional responsibilities, which have included gaining a mentoring qualification so she can take new starters under her wing and ensure they have a positive and formative experience. The trustees of the NTFCT see Jessica as a role model for staff to use training to improve their career pathway.”

Responding to the award, McLernon, who is employed by Richard Fahey at Musley Bank Stables in Malton, North Yorkshire, said, “I am absolutely thrilled to be the first recipient of the Toby Balding Award. I am in the process of completing my trainers’ modules at the Northern Racing College and this award will assist me greatly in furthering my education within the racing industry. Thank you to the NTF and its Charitable Trust for their continued support throughout my career.”

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