Faye Hill-Smith

We are delighted that Faye has rejoined the team, having left for pastures new in September 2021 but returning a couple of months later. Faye doesn’t ride but is an excellent worker who is unfailingly cheerful and keeps the yard and the team in order!


Jack started with us on a part-time basis but joined us on a full-time basis since leaving school. As well as working for us, he has his point to point and  amateur jockey licences. He had several point to point rides in his first season (2021-22) and was unlucky not to win but was placed several times. He also won an amateur riders’ steeplechase at Market Rasen very convincingly on board Railway Muice. He is a graduate of the pony racing circuit and has also been very successful show-jumping, including on the national schools circuit with his pony, Istamouse. We shall look forward to continuing to support him as his career develops.


Ollie joined us in July, having worked in racing for 2 1/2 years after graduating from the British Racing School. He is keen to race ride, starting in point to point races and is progressing well and we shall look forward to cheering him on. He is challenging Brandon for the title of yard “biker boy” and, given Ollie’s interest in Sun Tzu’s famous book, The Art of War, will be serious competition.

George O'Shea

George comes from a racing family but, interestingly, has only recently decided to become involved with racing, having first achieved very good A levels and then spent time at University. He has taken very well to being part of the team in a racing yard and is already showing some real ability.  He has now completed his course at the British Racing School and it is great to have him around.

Skye Duffy

Skye joined us this Spring after graduating from the British Racing School. She has been involved with horses for most of her life but has now developed a love of the racing industry. After achieving impressive A level grades, she decided to focus on racing rather than going to university. We are delighted to have her as a member of the team!

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 has worked full-time for them for over a year. He is currently spending time with Graham Motion’s team in Tampa, Florida and is getting experience race riding there.


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.

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