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.
Harrison worked for Mark Tompkins before joining us this Summer. He loves working with jumps horses and had experience as a hunt professional as a teenager. He is an excellent addition to the team.
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, is now 16 and has been granted his amateur licence. He finished his pony racing career as the 2017 leading rider, at the top of the jockeys’ league table for the Charles Owen 148cm series. He works full-time for me (subject to occasional distractions of school and 6th form college!) and rides out anything in the yard as well as 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.
Dickie has ridden out for me for a number of years and has also ridden a number of winners for me, including Legend To Be in point to point races.
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.