- Ruth Carr Racing -

Meet the Team

RUTH CARR does not currently require Stable Staff to join our small, successful team. 

(The position includes all usual stable duties, riding and racing.  The ideal candidate will be under 10st7, capable of riding 2yo’s and be able to drive a 3.5t horsebox.

 Wages as per the NASS/NTF agreement.  Normal hours 7.30am – 4pm Monday to Friday with one afternoon off per week.  Saturday 8am – 12 noon.  One Sunday morning every 3 – 4 weeks and no evening stables on a weekend.

 Please send your CV to ruth@ruthcarrracing.co.uk)

Mrs Ruth CarrRuth Carr

Job Title - Trainer

Ruth took out a training license in February 2008 and she has now trained over 315 winners and had over 700 placed horses.  Her hands on approach and time spent getting to know every horse’s individual personality and needs brings out the best in each of her equine inmates.  Her horses spend much of the day turned out in paddocks.  Those that don't mix well go out separately but we have three gangs of geldings that go out together which takes them back to nature and brings out the herding instinct in them -   there's definitely a pecking order!

Ruth with sister HelenBorn into a family heavily involved in horses, Ruth learnt to ride before she could even walk - on a donkey borrowed from Scarborough beach for the winter! The donkey was upgraded to a Shetland, and a young Ruth was soon hooked. Riding show, gymkhana and jumping ponies through her early school years, Ruth was soon begging her Grandfather, David Chapman, to ride his racehorses. It soon became a daily routine to bike to Granddad's and ride a couple on the gallops before catching the bus to school. 

Ruth couldn't wait a day too long for her first race ride, and on her actual 16th birthday she was lucky enough to have a ride in an Amateur Riders Race at Redcar. There were 28 runners and State Governor, a horse trained by David Chapman and owned by his brother John unfortunately finished last! Undeterred, and after lots of perseverance and hard work, Ruth went on to ride 28 winners on the Flat, 8 over Hurdles and about 20 Point to Point winners during her racing career. 

Ruth and Thistle Monarch winningRuth and Baher winningRuth riding a winner at Redcar

She represented Great Britain in a Euro America Competition, having rides at Lonestar Park and Laurel Park in America and 2 rides in Germany. Ruth also rode in the Lady Riders Challenge Series in Budapest, Vienna and Bratislava. In 1997 Ruth rode 13 winners in all, 9 on the level, both Turf and All Weather, making her leading Amateur Rider on the flat. Her proudest moments were when riding winners against the professional jump jockeys - especially the men! 

GrandadRuth assisted her Grandfather for fifteen years before taking the license when he decided to retire in 2008.   Those years were spent learning his unique training methods. The importance of treating every horse as an individual has been greatly impressed on her - how to make their time enjoyable, the importance of varying their routines, and how to keep them happy in their minds. 
David held a trainers license for over 40 years.

David Chapman and Soba
He trained hundreds of winners – nobody seems to know the exact amount. He was the first trainer to turn horses out and lunge them as part of their day to day training routine - a method that is now used by many trainers including Dandy Nicholls who was Stable Jockey to the yard in the 1980's.
David trained horses that have been household names.
These include Soba 13 wins, Glencroft 17, Chaplins Club 24, No Submission 23, Tempering 22, Takhlid 20, Soaked 19, Redoubtable 21, Sharp Hat 24, Paddywack 21, and Quito 20. These 11 horses have won more than 200 races between them!
Sadly David passed away in May 2011 but is remembered fondly by all who knew him.

Mrs Marion ChapmanMarion Chapman

Job Title - Racing Yard Co-ordinator and Grandmother

Marion keeps us all on our toes with helpful reminders of declaration deadlines, transport organisation and vets visits. Plus never ending help with daily tasks such as book keeping and entries including evening stable duties when all the staff are away racing!  Favourite horse currently in training - Lexington Place.

Mr James SullivanSovereign and Jimmy on gallop

Job Title - Stable Jockey

Jimmy first rode for us an apprentice in 2010 and has ridden us over a hundred winners since then!  He is brave in the preliminaries and starting stalls and strong in a finish but Jimmy is also very patient with horses and will always give a fractious horse a soothing word and a pat down the neck rather than pick his whip up.  Favourite horse currently in training - Sovereign Debt

Mr Ryan ColleyRyan Colley

Job Title - Stable Lad

Ryan is experienced in the racing industry having worked for James Given and Alan King.  Ryan's duties include riding out, going racing and driving the horse boxes.  Ryan rode Hab Reeh to victory on his first ride in public and also won on San Cassiano at York in 2014.  Ryan has now hung his boots up as he's built to play Rugby not be a jockey!  Favourite horse currently in training -  Hab Reeh.

Miss Lucy Collier


Job Title - Stable Lass

Lucy joined us in January 2017, this is her first job in racing having previously worked with her Mum in their Kirbymoorside hair salon.  Lucy gained experience riding racehorses at Roger Fell's on her days off and on her twin sisters point to point horse.   Favourite horses currently in training - Pipers Note and Ellaal.

Meshardal stays in the shade as long as possibleMiss Emily Bullock

Job Title - Stable Lass/Amatuer Rider

Emily joined us in June 2017 having worked at Riachard Fahey's.  Her tasks include riding out, all usual yard duties, going racing and riding in amatuer riders races from time to time.

KayMiss Kay Fillery

Job Title - Stable Lass

Kay doesn't ride out but but does all other yard duties including going to the races.  Kay first came to Mowbray House as a school girl to do work experience for Mr Chapman.  She is good at turning horses out and wins plenty of best turned out prizes.  Favourite horse currently in training - Abushamah.

Philippa HardyMiss Philippa Hardy

Job Title - part time stable lass

Philippa is Ryan's girlfriend and helps him on his Sundays to work!  She is also a valuable spare pair of hands for busy race days often leading up when we have runners a multiple meetings.  Favourite horse currently in training - Be Perfect and Slemy.

Froot Atkins


Job Title - Exercise rider

Froot is married to Mick Atkins who has shares in horses in training here at Mowbray and who is also kind enough to administrate the sweepstake competition.  Froot came to us early in 2014 when she got a place in the York McMillan Charity race.  Although Froot had ridden since she was very young she'd never ridden racehorses.  Froot was a quick learner and rode Gran Maestro to finish 4th at York.  She enjoyed the riding and "craic" on the yard that still comes in once a week to ride out.  Favourite horse currently in training - Adventureman, Lexington Place and Midlight.

Mr Richard ClarkRichard Clark

Job Title - Yard Farrier and Brother

Rich is my brother and has been a qualified farrier for 11 years. He had a handful of rides as an amateur on the flat, winning on Sharp Hat twice. He has also ridden 10 Point to Point winners. He rode Quito on his second run for us and finished 4th!  Rich is lead singer in local band The Zooms click here to hear and see him in action.  Favourite horse currently in training - Dubai Dynamo

Mr Edmund CollinsEdmund Collins

Job Title - Vet

Edmund and his team do most of our veterinary work including castrating the colts and specialising in horses with breathing problems.  Edmunds facilities can be seen at Station House Vets.

Mr Stephen ClarkDad Thirsk

Job Title - Raceday Assistant and Father

My father is a great asset on busy racedays, transporting horses to the races, saddling and helping out. Having worked for Grandad, ridden as a conditional jockey and held a permit trainers licence - he has plenty of experience! 

Angela ClarkMrs Angela Clark

Job Title - Photographer, Media and Mum

Mum puts together our newsletter and her fantastic photos bring colour and style to the website.  Along with Dad both are great at helping entertain owners at our Christmas Open Morning as well as the smaller syndicate mornings.  Was hard to find a photo of Mum as she's always behind the lens but I hope to have a photo of her leading in a winner she bred soon!  Favourite horses, ginger homebreds!

Mr Roger CarrRoger Carr  

Job Title - Maintenance Manager and Husband

The Horse Racing industry was new to Rog when we met but he is
now an important part of the yard, building new boxes, a walkway and general maintanence work. He also helps out feeding and getting horses in from the field when everyone is away racing. He enjoys coming to the races too if he has any time left!  Roger has his own Plant Hire business constructing gallops, arenas, lunge pits, shed bases, farm tracks and roads, digging ponds and ditches.
 Click here to find out more.  Favourite horse currently in training - Hab Reeh and Dubai Dynamo.

Realistic GamesRealistic (Alan test2)

Job Title - Yard Sponsor

We are delighted to have agreed a sponsorship deal with Realistic Games which allows the owners at Mowbray House to claim the vat back, saving them 20% on nearly all costs!   Realistic Games supply their successful mobile and desktop games to a number of leading operators, including Bet 365, BetVictor, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, William Hill, Stan James, and Boylesports.   Click here  to view the website.  



Job Title - Pest Control Manager

Everyone who visits the yard meets Minnie!  Her favourite pastimes include eating, barking at strangers, chasing cats, sun bathing and killing an odd mouse!

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