Mark Johnston was born in Aberfoyle, Scotland on 10 October 1959.
Johnston graduated from Glasgow University as a veterinary surgeon and
despite his limited experience in the racing fraternity, received his
horse trainer's license in February 1987. He had worked briefly with
trainers Tommy Craig, Charles Milbank in France and John Russell in
This didn't seem to deter Johnston, and in July 1987, he took his first
win at Carlisle with Hinari Video.
|In 1988, Johnston
purchased Kingsley House, in Middleham, North Yorkshire, England, and
has been training there ever since. |
When he purchased the property, the economic recession was beginning,
and he initially had to loan the funds to set up the grounds. After
spending over ?500,000, the area was converted from a dilapidated 34 box
yard, into one of the most contemporary training institutions in the
United Kingdom, which now comprise of 67 boxes.
He was able to fill up the 43 stalls within 18 months, which was the
cause for his survival during the recession, and the grounds now boast
lunging rings, an on-site equine swimming pool, horse jacuzzi, three
sand rings and an undercover six-horse electronic horse walker. And
keeping true to his roots, some of the finest veterinary amenities are
available at Kingsley House, including a Veterinary room with endoscopy
and x-ray facilities.
In 1999, Johnston's continued achievements allowed him to extend the
yard and erect additional stalls, which gave him the opportunity of
stabling 147 horses.
Johnston's method of training was notorious for the horses' front
running style and bravery in a finish, which was demonstrated by his
most legendary trained horse, Attraction, which displayed his unique and
winning style of training.
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