Clare Balding OBE (born 29 January 1971) is a British television presenter, journalist and retired amateur jockey. She currently presents for BBC Sport, Channel 4, BT Sport and the show Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2.
Balding's father is horse trainer Ian Balding who trained champion thoroughbred Mill Reef. She was educated at Downe House in Berkshire, where she was Head Girl and a contemporary of comedian Miranda Hart. She applied to read law at Christ's College, Cambridge but failed her interview and realised that law was not what she most wanted to do. She later successfully applied to Newnham College, Cambridge and read English. While at university she was President of the Cambridge Union Society in Easter 1992 and graduated in 1993 with a 2:1 honours degree.
From 1988 to 1993, Balding was a leading amateur flat jockey and Champion Lady Rider in 1990. She had an eating disorder during her time as a jockey.