Our Trainers

Rebecca MenziesREBECCA MENZIES

Rebecca (Becky) Menzies is the beginning of a new generation of racehorse trainers. Involved in the racing world since her early teens and in recent times working with top national hunt trainer Ferdy Murphy at Wynbury Racing stables as his assistant. From August 2016 Rebecca Menzies has leased the yard owned by John Wade at Sedgefield , Co. Durham. The yard is an excellent facility and provides some scope for expansion of both stables and facilities. Becky is keen to maintain a small but prestigious yard and operation. The ethical side of horse racing is massively important to her.

She works closely with specialist nutritionists , physiotherapists and vets and strongly believes in turning the horses out in to paddocks daily to relax. Daily routine is varied and includes schooling/jumping poles/hurdles/fences, roadwork, gallops, swimming & regular trips to Redcar Beach!

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Noel WilliamsNOEL WILLIAMS

It was always Noel’s goal to start training on his own, and having spent 10 years as Alan King’s Assistant he decided the time was right to take the plunge, and set up training operations at Whiteshoot Stables in Blewbury, Oxfordshire. Still in Blewbury, he has recently moved to Churn Stables, a fantastic purpose built racing yard with 38 boxes set in a beautifully light airy barn, turn out paddocks, an Olympic size indoor school, covered horse walker, extensive jump schooling facilities, a new 6 furlong woodchip gallop & use of a 5 furlong fibresand gallop. Noel was a keen sportsman and his introduction into ponies and then horses, ran alongside his development as a reasonably decent rugby player. He played for Somerset and West of England Schoolboys and was a member of the Bath Rugby Club Academy, but lack of size went against him and Rugby became an unrealistic career option!

After a fairly unglamorous start on ponies his determination not to be outdone by his female counterparts had paid off. He went on to represent GB for the Young Rider dressage team and competed up to Advanced 3* Level Eventing.

Noel is determined and passionate about what he does and hopes that by drawing on what he has learned as Assistant, his all-round equestrian knowledge, and his experience of athletic training to top level, he is giving himself and the horses in his care the best possible chance of success.

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robin dickinROBIN DICKIN

Robin started his career in racing immediately upon leaving school at the tender age of 14! He joined firstly Frenchie & then David Nicholson, spending eleven years with the latter whilst riding on the flat and then over jumps, riding a total of 115 winners. As well as riding Robin also ran a livery yard breaking and preparing horses for trainers such as Mercy Rimmel, Capt. Tim Forster, & Gavin Pritchard- Gordon to name but a few! A fall at Towcester in 1986 left Robin with a double skull fracture, and put paid to his career in the saddle. However plans were well under way to start a training career by this time and Robin was granted a license in the spring of that year.

Based at Newent in Gloucestershire in partnership with Derek & Cheryl Holder, the winners soon began to flow, with Mountain Man owned by Yvonne & Roger Allsop starting the ball rolling at Newton Abbott later that summer. In 2012 the yard relocated to Alne Park, which boasts some of the best training facilities in the Midlands. Robin’s philosophy on training is that happy horses win races! With a strong team behind him, and a happy atmosphere in the yard, the horses are all turned out everyday, which keeps them mentally relaxed and helps with their physical well being.

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Graeme mcphersonGRAEME McPHERSON

Having been involved in point-to-pointing and National Hunt racing in various capacities for a number of years, Graeme was keen to establish his own base from which to oversee every aspect of the training and management of the horses in his care.

In November 2009 Graeme took out a full licence. Following a period of substantial investment, the yard can now boast top quality facilities and a standard of horse care and management that is second to none. Graeme’s philosophy is to provide a bespoke training and management programme for each horse, designed to suit their individual needs.

He is committed to providing a varied fitness and schooling programme that keeps horses fresh, interested and motivated.

This approach has resulted in the yard’s horses putting in consistently strong performances and has seen the yard succeed both with young horses and with older horses that have either failed to achieve their full potential, or have gone stale, in larger, more commercial yards.

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Jamie SnowdenJAMIE SNOWDEN

In his Army career Jamie learned that time spent on reconnaissance is seldom wasted. On current evidence the long hours he put in working for two of this country’s greatest jumps trainers are now paying off.

After a season as pupil assistant for champion trainer Paul Nicholls, Jamie then worked for three seasons as assistant trainer and amateur jockey for Nicky Henderson before branching out on his own in 2008. Conscious that he needed better facilities to enhance his career he took the bold decision in 2011 to leave Wiltshire and buy Folly House in Lambourn.

It proved to be an inspired choice as Knighton Combe, the first runner from his new quarters, landed the Summer National, and Ixora became his first Cheltenham winner. Others quickly followed and by the end of the campaign the name of Jamie Snowden had leapfrogged up the trainer’s table with nineteen winners.
The Snowden team is now up to thirty five with several among them bringing a glint to his eye, including names to note for the future such as Denboy and Midnight Chill as well as Wildehearted Woman, Our Reward, and Pride of Pemberley.

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fob3FERGAL O’BREIN

Fergal O’Brien left his native Ireland and came over to England when he was 16, now he possesses one of the most impressive CVs in racing. Boasting a wealth of experience within the industry including having previously worked for Ginger McCain, Colin Cowley, Captain T A Forster, and most notably Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Fergal was at Nigel’s for 18 years, 16 of which as head lad/assistant trainer, in which time he helped in preparation of 1 Gold Cup winner, 2 Grand National winners plus several Cheltenham Festival winners. For 8 years Fergal trained point-to-point horses which he amassed over 120 winners, and was leading West Midlands trainer for 4 years.

Following on from that success and with the backing of leading owner Chris Coley, Fergal decided to strike out on his own and embarked on his independent training career.

Now into his fifth season as trainer, Fergal and his dedicated team (including his 2 lovely daughters Fern and Daisy) have notched up in excess of 120 winners and are looking to build on this success from the new base at the Upper Yard.

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Louisa Carberry

LOUISA CARBERRY

Louisa has a wealth of experience, coming from an eventing background competing at Advanced and CCI 3* level. In addition to this she has spent time with several other trainers, including Henrietta Knight and three years with Alain de Royer Dupre, from whom she learnt a huge amount. Her uncle Kim Brassey was a successful flat trainer and she grew up in a hunting family with horses a big part of her life from day one.

Having spent a bit of time acting as an agent she has made many contacts with French breeders and has a good knowledge of French bloodstock. In February this year she achieved a life long ambition of being granted a public trainers licence and had her first runner on 09th March 2015. It has been a pleasure working with Louisa during her first season training, and our horse Tectona has put in some lovely performances, and really showcasing the hard work that goes into her at home.

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