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Did you have ponies when you were younger?

horses, so I would flex my lunch hour to meet them and ride out then.

When I was younger, my Dad was a Master of Foxhounds for the North Tyne, up in Northumberland in the sticks, so I always rode, going to pony club and hunting with Dad. When my parents divorced, my mum remarried to Jimmy Walton, who was a permit holder and his father trained and rode, so that was my introduction to Thoroughbreds, Jimmy was still riding then too.

When did it stop being a hobby and become a job?

So I started riding out very early on and rode in my first point to point at 16. When I left school I did a modern apprenticeship in Business Administration for the National Parks for four years. I did learn a lot, but it was so frustrating to be sat in an office for most of the day. I was still riding out and riding in point-to-points. I used to work on flexi-time and where I worked wasn’t far from where we galloped the

It was a good grounding, but by the time I was 19 I wanted to do it full time so I went to work for Ferdy Murphy, he was a big successful trainer in Middleham and I was there until he went to France in 2013. About six months before he left, he said I could go and work for someone else, but still come in on schooling days, so that’s exactly what I did. I went to Mark Johnstons, it was quite factory like, but he breaks his yearling in so well, it’s all done properly, and they know their job, even first time out at the track. They’re fed well according to the work they do and they get a good long time out at exercise, over an hour. It was good there and I got a lot of experience with the yearlings.

Catherine Walton riding a Three Year Old filly by TH Richie at Al Asayl THE ARABIAN RACEHORSE

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The Arabian Racehorse Issue 20  

The only regular digital publication to give full coverage of all the Arabian Racing Organisation fixtures and single races in the UK.

The Arabian Racehorse Issue 20  

The only regular digital publication to give full coverage of all the Arabian Racing Organisation fixtures and single races in the UK.