We are pleased that Brandon has returned to the yard after a break of almost three years during which he went with our blessing to get more experience by working for other trainers, including mainly Philip Hobbs. Brandon had started as a “Saturday boy” while still at school in 2012 and then worked full-time for us from September 2013. He fits in well with the rest of the team and returns with more experience and maturity. It is good to have him back.
We have known Toria for several years as she has helped out at the yard at weekends and during school holidays but she has recently joined us on a full-time basis. Toria has her own event horses but enjoys the buzz of a racing yard. She is great fun and always cheerful and a great asset to the yard.
Ellie worked for Jonjo O’Neill and then for a while in France before joining us in January. She rides well and is experienced in schooling and working horses and is an excellent addition to the team. We are very pleased that she has joined us!
Faye is a key member of the team, not only as an excellent yard person but also as a someone who is always cheerful and a great team-player. She keeps the yard, and everyone else (!), in excellent order and is great to have around.
Our son, William, has an amateur licence for both jumps and the flat and was champion jockey in the 2017 Charles Owen 148 cm series. He is currently finishing his A levels in 2020 and will then start his journey to become a professional jockey. He plays an important part in the yard, including schooling, riding work and dealing with general yard duties.
We are helped on some mornings by Brian Mayes, who also looks after the machinery and does general work on the farm (and has done so all his life, as did his father before him).
Ashley Holmes of ACH Farriery is another key member of the team and is on the yard twice a week.
Darren also rides out for me on a regular basis and also holds an amateur rider licence. He is a good judge of a horse and it is very helpful to have the benefit of his experience.
Carey used to work for me and has ridden a number of winners under rules for me. She is now an amateur and keen point to point rider. She also rides out for me on a regular basis.