- Ruth Carr Racing -

Meet the Team

Job Opportunities.

The position includes all usual stable duties and racing.  The ideal candidate will 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

I took out a training license in February 2008 and have now trained over 315 winners and had over 700 placed horses.  My hands on approach and time spent getting to know every horse’s individual personality and needs brings out the best in each of my equine inmates.  The 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, I learnt to ride before I could even walk - on a donkey borrowed from Scarborough beach for the winter! The donkey was upgraded to a Shetland, and I was soon hooked. Riding show, gymkhana and jumping ponies through my early school years, I was soon begging my 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. 

  I couldn't wait a day too long for my first race ride, and on my actual 16th birthday I 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, I went on to ride 28 winners on the Flat, 8 over Hurdles and about 20 Point to Point winners during my 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 ChapmanGrandma

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 SullivanJimmy

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 - Magical Effect and Pipers Note.

Miss Emily BullockEmily

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. Favourite horses are Impulsive Force and Lexington Place.

Nick Meet the TeamNick Fensome

Job Title - Stable Lad

Nick started for us July 2018 having not worked in racing before but soon learnt the racing ways and is now in charge of shoeing list and racing tack.  Favourite horses: Kibaar and Intense Pleasure.

RoseRose Skehan

Job title - Stable Lass

Rose joined us in February 2019.  Her tasks include all general yard work and loose exercise.  Rose competes her own horse at showjumping events when time allows! 

Hollie DawsonHollie

Job Title - Stable Lass

Hollie came to us one day a week work experience from Equine College but was soon a much more frequent worker on the yard having caught the racing bug.  Favourite horses; Zebulon and Gunmaker.

Tom Warren

Job Title - weekend assistant

Tom is a great extra pair of hands on a weekend when we are busy racing and everything is to do but in half the time!  Tasks include turning horses in and out, putting them on and off the walker, putting rugs on and off,  mucking out, haying and sweeping.

Jack GarrityJack Garrity

Job Title - exercise rider/jockey

Jack rode 8 winners for us last year and comes into the yard once a week to ride out.
Favourite horse - Mark's Choice.

Mrs Julie KelshawJulie

Job Title - exercise rider/box driver

I met Julie when we both rode in the 2016 Macmillan Charity race at York racecourse.  Julie comes in several time a week to ride out and has now taken on travelling horses to the races!  Favourite horse - Adventureman.

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 - Orpsie Boy - tough, lives out, doesn't need a rug and not fussed about having his tail chewed off!

Mr Edmund CollinsEdmund

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.

Catriona MoonCatriona

Job Title - Vet

Catriona trained with us last year to ride Tanawar in the Macmillan Charity Race at York, finishing 3rd. She carries out all the routine veterinary work in the yard, including flu jabs and castrating the colts.

Mr Stephen ClarkDad

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! 

Mrs Angela Clarkmum

Job Title - Photographer, Media and Mum

Mum puts together our Newsletter, runs the Sweepstake 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, her ginger homebreds!

Mr Roger CarrRoger  

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, the gallop, a walkway, planning ways to make the yard work easier 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 in the yard -  Troyboy the hunter!

Dan HowlandDan

Job Title - Maintenance Assistant

Dan works with Roger, and like Roger can turn his hand at anything, often repairing things we've broken or making things we request.

Nigel Gowlett

Job Title - Handyman

Nigel turns his hand at everything!  Mends wheelbarrow puntcures, fences, water bowls, stables and everything else we break.  Harrows the gallop and lunge pits, empties the muck trailers, keeps the grass, paddocks, lawns and roadside tidy.  Mucks out and brings horses in when we are busy... and the list goes on!

Realistic Games

Realistic (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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