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.
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.
Sav is the most recent recruit and we are delighted to have persuaded her to join us. Sav has worked for the last few years at Chelmsford Racecourse and has been riding out for a number of trainers. She is a good rider and an excellent worker and is a real pleasure to have around the yard.
Our son, William, who has had an amateur licence for both jumps and the flat and was champion jockey in the 2017 Charles Owen 148 cm series and champion novice point to point rider in East Anglia in 2018-19, has now been granted an apprentice licence to ride on the flat. He has been taken on by Simon and Ed Crisford in Newmarket as their apprentice and works full-time for them. He still plays an important part in the yard, including schooling and riding work when he can and provides lots of useful input.
Jack is another pony racing graduate and has also been very successful show-jumping, including on the national schools circuit with his pony, Istamouse. He shows talent and his ambition is to be a professional jumps jockey. He is still studying but spends several days a week living with us and working in the yard, riding out and schooling. He also works with Jonjo O’Neill from time to time. We shall look forward to watching his career develop.
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.