Teenager wins top award

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS - Shirley Bar­tynek

A Hamil­ton teenager is rac­ing ahead with her ca­reer af­ter pick­ing up a pres­ti­gious grad­u­ate award.

So­phy Scott trav­elled to New­bury to be pre­sented with the British Rac­ing School’s Twelve Club Award as the best fe­male trainee grad­u­ate of the school last year.

The Twelve Club is a group of rac­ing en­thu­si­asts who have been sup­port­ers of the school for many years, with the win­ners be­ing se­lected by the staff of in­struc­tors at the BRS.

Hav­ing had no fam­ily back­ground in rac­ing, the 19-year-old is now work­ing for the most suc­cess­ful race­horse trainer in Bri­tain, Mark John­ston.

The for­mer pupil of Glen­lee Pri­mary and Hamil­ton Gram­mar de­cided to try her hand at rac­ing rather than ac­cept the of­fer she had for a place as a busi­ness man­age­ment stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of the West of Scot­land.

She said: “I took rid­ing lessons as a child at Round­knowe Farm, Ud­dingston, since the age of eight. I com­pleted one week’s work ex­pe­ri­ence with trainer Linda Per­ratt at Jack­ton sta­bles and it was at that point I knew what I wanted to do.

“I con­tin­ued help­ing out at Linda’s yard, gain­ing valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence, and be­gan the foun­da­tion course at the BRS in March 2017.

“In the May of that year I joined the team at Kings­ley Park and pro­gressd to the po­si­tion of as­sis­tant yard man­ager with Mark John­ston Rac­ing (MJR).”

So­phy was de­lighted to pick up the award for her achieve­ments and said: “I be­lieve the award is a great in­cen­tive for young peo­ple look­ing to leave rac­ing school to work hard and be con­sis­tent in their new jobs.

“It’s a real in­cen­tive to con­tinue pro­gress­ing, set­ting high stan­dards and keep­ing a good work ethic.

“I’m also keen to travel and since start­ing at MJR I have taken horses rac­ing in Ger­many, France and Ire­land and look for­ward to hope­fully many more coun­tries.

“Mark has an amaz­ing yard here in York­shire. It runs like clock­work. Each day, I feel priv­i­leged to ride such tal­ented horses.

“There are many op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn and progress within this yard too, so I hope to gain more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and travel to many more places with his horses.

“I am al­ready as­sis­tant yard man­ager to one of the yard man­agers at Kings­ley House, which has taught me a lot about horses and peo­ple.”

Record breaker Trainer Mark John­ston

Pas­sion As­sis­tant yard man­ager So­phy Scott with No Lippy at Deauville in France

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