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Charlotte riding for top racing trainer

05 June 2020  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

Charlotte Tindale, age 16, an accomplished horse rider and former student at Richmond School, has recently returned from studying in Ireland after coming top of her class with the Racing Academy and Centre of Education in Ireland (RACE).  She is due to graduate in June, however due to the Covid-19 situation, her jockey licence is temporarily on hold until she is able to complete two final modules. Charlotte is a talented rider and renowned as a hard worker and has secured a job as a work rider at Johnston Racing, working for Mark Johnston, the highly acclaimed racing trainer, based at his flagship yard in Middleham in Wensleydale.

This is a great achievement for Charlotte who is riding out with some of the UK’s top jockeys. Mark Johnston is one of the UK’s leading trainers, having become the first flat trainer to send out more than 200 winners in a season in 2009, a feat which he has repeated eight times since. Charlotte will be training on the extensive gallops at the 300-acre yard where there are some of the finest facilities in the country for the care and training of racehorses.

Charlotte left Richmond School in 2019 to study for a year-long-course at RACE.   She has the opportunity to return to RACE in the future, to complete a further year studying Bloodstock, an area in which she takes great interest.

While studying at RACE, Charlotte had a busy training and study schedule. Starting at 7am the morning was spent doing horse-related practical work and then school work in the afternoon until 5pm, with physical training in the gym from 7-9pm.  Charlotte achieved top results so she was chosen to be placed with a racing trainer for her morning studies until she returned to England at the onset of the lockdown.

Charlotte’s passion for riding and horses started when she was just a toddler and she has always wanted to be a rider.  She started her career at an early age in Shetland pony racing.  She progressed to racing horses and had experience riding for Karl Burke Racing, Ben Haslam and finally Mark Johnston, who referred her to RACE for her licence.

To find out more about the RACE Racing Academy and Centre of Education in Ireland visit

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