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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Workington teen on TV show Jockey School

A horse-loving girl from Workington has appeared on a Channel 4 documentary about youngsters who aim to turn their lives around.

HORSE GIRL: Stacey Turner, of Workington

Stacey Turner, 17, of Walls Road, Salterbeck, took part in Jockey School, which was aired last Thursday.

It followed three teenagers with troubled backgrounds who took part in an intensive 10-week course at Northern Racing College, near Doncaster.

Stacey, who was expelled from St Joseph’s School and has been in trouble with the police, said she’d always had horses and would like to be a jockey in the future.

Stacey finished her compulsory education at West Cumbria Achievement Zone in Distington last summer.

She started the jockey course in September, gaining an NVQ level one in horse riding as well as being followed by the cameras.

She encountered a world of 7am starts, learning riding skills alongside academic lessons.

Stacey, who now does stable work in West Cumbria, has been interested in being a jockey for seven years.

She said: “Having horses myself made me interested.”

She is now working towards an NVQ level two through work.

But watching the show with her parents on Thursday, she saw a less positive side of herself.

Stacey said: “It was awful. I didn’t like it one bit because of my attitude. I gave cheek and attitude. It’s made me think that it’s a bit bad.”

However, she said she hoped to improve her attitude and hoped that continued hard work would lead to the career of her dreams.

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