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 500 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.
We have a fantastic team here at Hull Farm, led by Roche who is a brilliant horseman and is invaluable asset to the yard as our Head Lad. Marcus was champion conditional and is an excellent mentor to the young jockeys especially in schooling. The office is manned by Emma and Georgina who sort out everybody's problems, however small. Zeniy is our gallopman and general handy man. Neli, Jess and Will are seen at the races. Paul is our experienced Conditional Jockey, valuable for his 5lb claim and is joined by Charlie who is in his first season as conditional after a few years as amateur. Alan and Richard man the Water Treadmill and Alice is charge of feeding. The rest of the team include Fern, Georgie, Jasmin, Sophie, Becky, Georgia, Vlad, Vad and Kathy.
We have a happy and easy going team which reflects onto our horses to flourish in a relaxed enviroment.