Johnston wrapped up at age 41 his 20-year career as a jockey based in Kentucky and Ohio, to become the Midwest Regional Manager for the Jockeys Guild. He covers most states in the Midwest, New York and New Jersey. He began riding at the age of 12 at the bush tracks in Iowa. When he did turn 16, he won his first race in Hastings, Nebraska at Queen City Downs. Johnston, an Iowa native, has a B.S. Degree in Business and Equine Administration from the University of Louisville, and now lives in Northern Kentucky with his wife, Jo Lynn, the former marketing director at River Downs and their children. Johnston has won more than 1,500 races in his career and more than 20 stakes at River Downs, where he has won several riding titles.