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Brown awarded prestigious scholarship; RACING PEOPLE Focus on those at the heart of the action.

CHARLIE BROWN will be treading in some famous footsteps when she heads for the US in a few weeks' time on a month-long, all-expenses-paid work placement with Jonathan Sheppard in Pennsylvania, after being awarded the annual scholarship given to an assistant trainer by the Alex Scott Memorial Fund.

Scott's widow Julia, Sir Mark Prescott and Justin Wadham picked Brown (pictured), who assists Seamus Mullins, and she joins a roll-call that includes James Given, Eoghan O'Neill, Charlie Longsdon and Amy Weaver.

Brown, 28, says: "I'm very excited. The scholarship gives me the opportunity to learn more about how the industry works abroad, widen my horizons and develop new skills that will contribute to my chosen career."

Daughter of a farrier and a work rider, Brown, from Newmarket, was encouraged by her parents to get "a proper job" outside racing after she left school, but even though she gained a diploma from Queens Marlborough College, Cambridge, as an executive personal assistant, the pull of the industry soon took hold.

"I very soon realised that racing was my greatest passion," she said.

On her way from stable groom to assistant trainer, Brown has worked for Mark Johnston, Henry Daly and Mark Tompkins, and now Mullins.

"I wasn't born into a well-off family and have had to work hard at getting to where I want to go, but I've been very lucky to get the support and training that I needed to progress up the ladder," she said.

"I'm trying to get as much experience and as many qualifications as possible, and hope that in time I can set up and train many National Hunt winners."

Information about next year's scholarship can be obtained by email to Julia Scott at
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 25, 2010
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