Tracy joined us this summer and is a great addition to the team. She has lots of experience of working in racing yards, having worked for many years for one of the most successful flat trainers. She took a mid career break and worked for a while in nursing as well as having a family. She has now returned to her first love as far as a career is concerned. She is excellent with young stock as well as the horses in racing and is a tremendous support to me.
Our terrier is also very pleased as Tracy has also taken on one of Fudge’s puppies!
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.
Katie also joined us recently and is rapidly learning the ropes of working in a jump racing yard. We have every expectation that she will benefit from the experience.
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.