Having spent my childhood on the hunting field, in the pony club and competing BSJA a progression to working with racehorses came very naturally. After a successful spell training Point-to-pointers and Hunterchasers I am thrilled to be progressing with my traininglicence. We aim to get the best out of each individual horse that comes into the yard.
We all know how true the saying ‘ No Foot, No Horse’ is so having a farrier like Elliot Hook as part of the team is so important. He shows great patience with the youngsters and is fantastic at remedial work on any foot problems that crop up.
Sarah Simpson from Hawick Vets plays a big part in the team at Millhaugh. It is so important to have a vet who’s judgement I can trust and also who cares for the horses well being as much as I do. Not only this but Sarah spends a lot of her time working with racehorses so is very good at specialising in racing injuries and getting them back on the track. She also has an amazing team at the practice who are brilliant when Sarah is not available.
Abby is in her third full season and is working towards completing her NVQ 2 in Racehorse care. Abby now has three seasons point to pointing under her belt and has turned into a super schooling jockey and work rider. She is looking forwards to the forthcoming season with her point to pointer Epson Roque after last season was cut short.
Alice is a member of our yard team. Is it great to have someone cracking on with yard work as it allows our riding team to concentrate on exercising the horses.
Karen works on the yard allowing the riding staff to crack on with riding out duties. Karen is a great asset to the yard. She is a very competent horse woman and is fantastic at sorting manes, clipping and generally dealing with the horses. Her favourite on the yard is Gerry. Karen competes her own horse Draco’s her spare time and also works in other yards and is a hairdresser to trade. Very busy lady!
A recent addition to the team, Greg has plenty of experience with horses but this is his first job in horse racing. He has plenty of enthusiasm and is quickly finding his feet in his new line of work. In addition to all the riding Greg does at work he has his own ex racehorse at home ‘Felix’.
Its always important to have family on side whenever you are starting a big adventure in life and my mum Sylvia helps around the yard, with riding out and lorry driving to!! Having years of experience with point-to-pointers gives her the know how to be a great help to me. She also keeps her own thoroughbred Slippers with whom she enjoys the local common ridings.
My dad Murray is a big help with lorry driving, DIY around the yard and helping with his opinion on all things horsey and business related. In the past he has spent a fair bit of time taking horses to the races for other trainers so is very clued up on race day procedures when I need help. Since the installation of our sand circle Murray has also turned into head gallop man and is a dab hand with the harrow!
Gary is a very competent work rider and is a huge asset to the yard. He comes in Monday to Saturday and concentrates on working and schooling the horses. He has a wealth of knowledge after working in various racing yards over the years and also riding winners as an amateur.
Casey is based with us while on placement from The Scottish Racing Academy. She has quickly turned in to a key team member here at the yard and is learning her trade very quickly.