- Ruth Carr Racing -

Meet the Team

Job Opportunities.

We require Stable Staff to join our successful team near Easingwold (no onsite accommodation). 

The ideal candidate will have reasonable experience with horses (although racing experience is not necessary) and be confident dealing with young and fit horses.  The position will include turning horses in and out, putting horses on and off the walker, taking rugs on and off, basic horse husbandry and all yard duties including mucking out, sweeping, cleaning of feed and water bowls.  Opportunities to attend the races with horses and drive a 3.5t horsebox are also available.

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

Please send your CV & covering letter by email to [email protected]  

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Job Title - Trainer

I took out a training license in February 2008 and have now trained over 451 winners and had over 960 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.Tina 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 (Grandad) 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. 

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

GrandadDavid Chapman and SobaI assisted my Grandfather, David Chapman 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 me - how to make their time enjoyable, the importance of varying their routines, and how to keep them happy in their minds. 
Grandad held a trainers license for over 40 years.

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 was used by many trainers including the late Dandy Nicholls who was Stable Jockey to the yard in the 1980's. Grandandd 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 Grandad passed away in May 2011 but is still remembered greatly by all who knew him, still continually referred to by the racing commentators and journalists.

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! 

ChrissieChrissie Sykes

Job Title - Racing Secretary

Chrissie joined us in October 2019: new to the racing industry but well experienced in all types of office management Chrissie free's up Ruth's time allowing her to concentrate on the horses, planning their campaigns and communicating with owners. 

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.  

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: Tricorn and One Eye Willie.

Nick Fensomenick 2

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 Kylie Rules.

Tom Warrentom

Job Title - Stable Lad

Tom is a great extra pair of hands and started on a weekend when we are busy racing and everything is to do but in half the time!  He has now joined the team full time after leaving school. Tasks include lunging, turning horses in and out, putting them on and off the walker, putting rugs on and off,  mucking out, haying and sweeping.  Favourite horse: Foreseeable Future 

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 currently in training Be Perfect.

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 - Veterinary Adviser

We still welcome recently retired Edmund's advice and views on our horses especially anything with a breathing problem.  Edmunds facilities can be seen at Station House Vets.

Catriona MoonCatriona

Job Title - Vet

Catriona trained with us in 2017 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 Clarkspud

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 -  William Of Mowbray!

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.

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Job Title - Yard Sponsor

A massive welcome to our new sponsors XRE Construction Training; specialists in Plant Operator Training in Yorkshire.

XRE Construction Training are a construction industry training provider with a combined experience base of over 60 years. Their experience lies in the management and application of plant equipment on major civils projects worldwide which has included the training of operatives, supervisors and managers on all types of earthmoving plant and they particularly specialise in the application of heavy plant, quarrying operations and lifting operations. They are able to design and deliver training on all categories of plant equipment and construction operations and accredit them to recognised industry standards including NOCN/CPCS, NPORS and NVQs. Training can take place at their large purpose-built site which has all the facilities required to ensure a positive and fulfilling experience or can be site based depending on the qualification and the customers’ requirements.

Please visit their website for more details https://xreconstructiontraining.co.uk/about/

We look forward to working with Ross, Darren and Clare, seeing their logo on our colours and paddock gear and getting the VAT back for our owners with the HMRC/Racing sponsorship scheme.

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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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