A BARROW jockey has used her incredible career in hopes of inspiring others to take up riding.
Charlotte Jones, from Barrow, is a well-known rider who recently appeared on the cover of Racing TV magazine and has been a regular rider at Cartmel Racecourse.
In 2019 Charlotte won at Golden Town in Sedgefield and took part in several important events in the North and in Scotland.
Her career began at the age of 21, and she rode and trained at James Moffatt’s Cartmel stables and Sea View Riding School.
Her appearance on the magazine’s cover included an interview that chronicled her career.
Charlotte said: “I’ve done a few interviews over my career.
“They phoned me and asked if they wanted an interview, but I didn’t know I would be on the cover. It was a big surprise.
“I’ve been riding since I was six and got my license in 2016.
“I did seven races in the first season, and after that I got more and more involved.
“The interview talked about what I had done before, how long I had been working and how the race was going for me.
“It’s been a great career so far. Hopefully it can inspire someone else to get involved.
“I did my first race at Cheltenham last season and took part in the hurdle race on the big national holiday.
Charlotte was scheduled to compete in the Morebattle event this Saturday, but the race was canceled due to heavy rain.
She added: “I rode Sea View until I was around 17 and at the stables we had around 20-25 horses that we could train and ride with.
“Cheltenham Festival horses are hard to come by when you are a small yard, sometimes you are lucky enough to get your hands on them. It’s a great opportunity to ride with them.
“I have raced with many winners in my career.
“I had my own horses there and I had my own lessons with them. Then I went to college at 16.
“After Sea View, I started working with James Moffatt’s Cartmel stables.
“I ride about four or five times a day to work and work full time in the yard.
“In our races we normally stick to places in the North and Scotland. If we go south it is usually towards Cheltenham.
“I am qualified to teach and do little bits sometimes alongside work.
“Being on the magazine was amazing. I didn’t know what to think about it at first because I didn’t know it came out like that so it was very surprising.
“I just do what I do, and hopefully it inspires people to do the same one day.
“Hopefully I can inspire someone else to try riding too.”