Charlie Longsdon – Trainer
Charlie gained plenty of experience whilst at Oxford Brooks University, spending his summers working for national hunt trainers: Oliver Sherwood and Nigel Twiston Davies. On graduation, he spent time, breaking in youngsters on a game reserve in Kenya before returning to England to work as Assistant to national hunt trainer Kim Bailey. In 2001 he moved to Nicky Henderson as Assistant where he gained much experience including caring for Grade 1 winners Bacchanal, Marlborough and Trabolgan. In 2004, he won the Alex Scott Memorial Fund Assistant Trainer’s Scholarship and spent time in the US, working for flat trainer Todd Pletcher. Charlie took his licence out in 2006 and started training from Cotswold Stud and in 2009 moved to his current base at Hull Farm which has been purpose built near Chipping Norton. He has since trained over 450 winners
Sophie Longsdon – Trainer’s Wife
Charlie and Sophie got married in 2008 and have one daughter Milly, and twin boys, Harry and Fred. She is no stranger to racing as her younger brother, Ben Pauling also trains and she is always welcoming when you come to the yard.
Alan Roche – Head Lad
Roche has been our Head Lad for 8 years now and he is an invaluable part of the team, keeping everything running smoothly and everyone in check.
Marcus Foley – Assistant
Last season, Marcus was riding out for us and has now stepped up to be Assistant. He has plenty of experience having ridden over 180 winners during his career as a Jockey including being the 2002/03 Champion Conditional as well as running his own yard training point to pointers. He is a terrific help for the young jockeys and an asset on the racecourse.
Emma Batten – Secretary
Emma joined us from Jonjo O’Neill’s in 2009 and keeps the office running efficiently now she has returned from maternity leave.
Georgina Scott – Secretary
Daughter of fellow trainer, Jeremy Scott, Georgina spent two years at Andrew Balding before joining us this season, she brings plenty of experience to the office and keeps the website up to date.
Paddy Brennan – Travelling Head Lad
Paddy has been here for 5 years now after joining us from Jonjo O'Neill's and supervises all the travelling to the races so you will often see him at the races.
Charlotte Best – Travelling Head Girl
Charlotte is back with us after a year in New Zealand and helps Paddy with the travelling. She has previously worked for Paul Nicholls and Phillip Hobbs.
Graham Watter – Conditional Jockey
Graham joined us last November as Conditional, he has got plenty of experience previously riding for Lucinda Russell. He has ridden 62 winners so far and is proving valuable for his claim.
Jordan Nailor – Amateur jockey
Jordan recorded his first win under rules in November and now he has his Category B will hopefully be able to ride some more for us. He did very well in the Point to Point field last season and is hoping to continue riding between the flags this season.
Richard Leadley – Racing Groom
Richard rejoined us last year, after time spent in USA working for Leslie Young. He worked for us for 2 years prior to that and is in charge of feeding.
Anneli Lewis – Racing Groom
Anneli had been with Rebecca Curtis for three years before joining us in August this year, she is a good rider with plenty of experience.
Alice Aucott – Racing Groom
Alice has been with us a year now after finishing at BRS, she is easy going and gets on with everyone.
Fern Dalziel – Racing Groom
Fern joined us in March this year having been at the racing school, she is a very capable rider who has become an integral part of the team.
Jess Benfield – Racing Groom
Jess is an excellent work rider and has been with us since 2011, often riding the more difficult horses.
Kathy Foster – Racing Groom
Kathy initially came to us to gain some experience before going to BRS, she now works full time and is always cheery and happy.
Rosie Allen – Racing Groom
Rosie joined us in July 2016 and is an able assistant to the vet and never fails to turn a horse out beautifully at the races.
Vadym Masik – Racing Groom
Vadym joined us in August 2012 and is a vital part of the team, he works hard every morning to bed up all the boxes and turning horses out and getting horses off the walker.
Vladislav Masik – Racing Groom
Vadym’s son, Vladislav joined us full time in July this year and has proved himself to be very capable.
Will Biggart – Racing Groom
Will started riding out for us in January and joined us full time in October. He has experience from time spent in eventing yards, and has also evented his own horse up to 2* level.
Zeniy Glyebov – Gallopman
Zeniy is our all-round handy man, he harrows the gallops every lot and does horses up in the evening. He is an essential part of the team.
Wilf, Sam and Gill are our part time work-riders who come in 6 mornings a week to ride out. Becky helps us out at the weekend whilst she studies for her A Levels
We have a happy and easy going team which reflects onto our horses to flourish in a relaxed enviroment.