On Monday, 24 February 2020 four graduates of the National Horseracing College will swap their usual work attire for more formal wear as they travel to London for the prestigious and eagerly awaited Stud and Stable Staff Awards 2020.
Six months ago nominations opened with the shortlist announced in early December 2019. The shortlist was then reduced to three finalists per category. On Monday each finalist will meet with the judging panel during the day before attending the glittering evening award ceremony where the winners of the six categories and the overall Employee of the Year will be announced.
The Awards, worth over £120,000 in prize money, recognise and celebrate the unwavering dedication, hard work and passion which stud and stable staff offer the horses in their care day-in-day-out. They also recognise and celebrate the support and mentorship offered by stud and stable staff to their colleagues and to those entering the racing industry.
Over the last couple of weeks we have travelled the length and breadth of country to meet with our finalists and during the next four days we will share with you how they are feeling ahead of the awards.
In the first interview Charlotte, a finalist in the David Nicholson Newcomer category, shares with us her journey into racing which started when she was just 14 and travelled one day every week from Liverpool to Doncaster to attend the Work Related Learning Programme. Charlotte has worked for the last two and a half years for the all-conquering stables of Johnston Racing in Middleham.