Scott leads the way!

By John Scanlon – Featured in the September edition of the Kinglsey Klarion.

The Klarion is delighted to announce that Scott Doherty is the latest winner of the Johnston Racing Employee of the Quarter Prize!

The prize is now entering its second year, and popular groom/rider Scott becomes the fifth recipient of the award which was established last year by Mark and Deirdre with a view to recognising, highlighting and celebrating dedication and excellence in performance among the MJR staff team.

A native of Idle, Bradford, Scott (pictured above leading up at Ripon) caught the racing bug when his father took him to the King George meeting at Ascot many years ago. He enrolled at the Northern Racing College as a result, and later negotiated his own placement with Mark.  Since then he has become a popular figure among the staff.

Scott’s Yard Manager Andrew Bottomley is full of praise for the award winner.

“Scott is a great lad,” he told the Klarion.

“He’s reliable and you can delegate any job to him. You know he’ll do a proper job of it, and won’t make a fuss. He’s a popular lad and will do anything he can to help anyone, not because there’s something in it for him, but just because that’s the way he is. He is a real asset to the team.”

Now six years into his second spell at MJR, Scott demonstrates a first-class attitude to the job and is an inspiration to his peers through his willingness to help others.

As part of his prize, Scott will receive 200 staff points (which can be used in acquiring MJR-branded clothing) and will be a guest of Mark for a day at the races. Scott is no stranger to the parade ring, but this will give him a chance to experience a race day from an entirely different perspective.  And, thanks once again to our sponsors, the renowned Wensleydale Heifer, Scott will also be treated to a sumptuous dinner for two at the award-winning boutique hotel and seafood restaurant in West Witton, near Leyburn.

Every member of the MJR staff is allowed to nominate an individual employee in each quarter of the year, stating why they feel the nominated person should receive the prize. Mark and Deirdre then sift through the nominations before making a final decision on the recipient of the award. In doing so, they take into account the number of nominations received for each staff member, and the reasons why they have been put forward for the award by their peers.

To date, the staff members who have won the award are Assistant Yard Manager Ruth Burne, groom Darren Foster, groom/rider Barry Lusted and, most recently, Accounts Manager Elaine Thompson.

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