Alan Roche – Head Lad
Roche joined us in 2008 as Head Lad, having previously worked for Jonjo O’Neill in the same role for 14 years. He is an excellent horseman and his knowledge of the horses is superb. He is in charge of the horses’ care and maintenance in the yard as well as making sure all the staff know what they are doing.
Richard Leadley - Yard Manager
Dickie has returned to after a year in America working for Leslie Young. He is bringing his experience back to the yard and getting everything running smoothly. He is delighted to be reunited with Loose Chips.
Jonathan Burke - Stable Jockey
Son of Irish trainer Liam Burke, Johnny is joining us this season as Stable Jockey. He has previously held one of the top Irish jobs as first jockey for Ann and Alan Potts but his career has suffered with blights of injury. He has settled in well to his role as Stable Jockey, regularly riding out and schooling for us before disappearing off to the races.
Georgina Scott – Secretary
Joining us in October 2016 after 2 years working for Flat trainer, Andrew Balding at the famous Park House Stables, Georgina has grown up around horses being the eldest daughter of fellow trainer Jeremy Scott. She combines her main job in the office with the role of Assistant on the racecourse as well as riding out.
Emma Batten – Secretary
Emma has now been with us since 2009, having previously worked as a racing secretary for Jonjo O’Neill. She set up the office when we moved to Hull Farm and keeps things running smoothly, she also does the accounts and rides out.
Will Biggart – Travelling Head Lad
Will has ridden out for us since January 2016 and joined us full time in November 2016, he has previously worked for Sam Griffiths Eventing, competing himself up to two star on his own horse. He has been travelling head lad for the past two seasons and enjoys riding his favourite horses, Our Kaempfer, Cardigan Bay and Dandridge.
Kate Phizacklea - Travelling Head Girl
Kate returned to racing from the eventing world last October. She has previously worked as Head Girl for Dan Skelton. She is a very good rider and looks after the horses to an extremely high standard when they are at the races. Her favourites are Just Don't Ask and Daryia
Paul O’Brien – Jockey
Paul has joined us last season having previously worked for Colin Tizzard and Rebecca Curtis. A good rider who enjoyed his best ever season having joined us. He has probably not had the chances he deserves up until now however has proved himself valuable for his 3lb claim. He enjoyed his first Grade 2 winner on Castafiore at Haydock, having formed a great partnership with her.
Zeniy is a crucial member of the staff, able to turn his hand to repair most things, as well has helping with the mucking out, bedding up and any general maintenance around the yard.
Alice is in her fourth season with us, she specialises with forming great partnerships with mares, including Aunty Ann and Scented Lily. Alice is a fantastic worker, conscientious and methodical, she consistently turns horses out to a high standard.
This is Fern’s third full season with us, she is an excellent rider, particularly of the slightly difficult ones. She has taken on the responsibility of feeding this season. Mature and responsible, Fern is a brilliant member of the team.
Alan was previously head lad at Gary Moore's and brings valuable experience into the yard. He is an experienced rider who has formed a great partnership with Ballydine.
Jess has been with us since she was 16 and is one of the best riders in the yard, especially on young horses. Her current favourites are Jet Set and Inawhilecrocodile.
Vadym is in his fifth season with us, he is a good yardman and in charge of making sure all the bedding up is done in the yard and the hay.
Vlad is Vadym’s son and apprentice, he started with us two seasons ago and has proved himself a steady learner, mucking out and bedding up in the yard. He helps putting horses on and off the walker and steaming the hay.
Hannah joined us after two seasons working for Yorton Stud, she has picked up life in a racing yard well and is always going above an beyond in her job. Her favourites are Stormy Milan, Castafiore and Mach One.
Amber Jackson Fennell
Amber has just joined us after a 4 week course at The British Racing School. She is a very good rider who has competed team chasing and has ambitions to take out her point to point licence.
The main team is supported by regular work riders Gill, Lucy and Wilf as well as weekend staff: Becky and Georgia.
If you are looking for a job and are interested in joing our team, please email us in the office with an up to date C.V.