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.
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 three seasons.
Paul O’Brien – Jockey
Paul has joined us 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.
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.
Rachel Lander - Feed Woman
Rachel joined us in the middle of 2019/20 season and has been a great addition to the yard. She comes with lots of experience having previously worked at Dan Skeltons and Ian Williams. She is fun to have around, and has lots of favourites, her current favourites are Train Hill, Beyond The Clouds and Castle Robin.
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 The Wise Traveller and What About Time.
Jess Benfield - Travelling Head Groom
Jess has been with us since she was 16 and is one of the best riders in the yard, especially on young horses. Jess adores Snow Leopardess, and does a fantastic job of looking after her.
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 three 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. He has now learnt to ride, and rides out every morning, his favourite to ride is Hoot At Midnight.
Amber Cartlidge - Secretary
Amber joined us in the summer of 2020, and is here to help with everything. Amber rides out, helps with the daily running of the office, represents Charlie racing, is chief photographer and ensures the owners get their regular updates, along with everything else in between.
Brogan joined us after working at Paul Webber's for three seasons and a winter in Australia. She is a talented rider who loves riding Glimpse of Gala and Scene Not Herd.
Lee also joined us from Paul Webber's, he has worked in Irish point to point yards and is a capable horseman. His favourite is Maninsane.
Dylan Kitts - Conditional Jockey
Dylan joined us in the summer of 2021, and was sent straight to the NRC to get his conditional license out. He is a good worker, and rides well at home. We hope he will have lots of success on the track.
Nathan has recently joined us and has a wealth of experience in the racing industry, previously riding out for flat trainers, riding yearlings and breaking in store horses. He is brilliant on our young horses, and ride well.
Richard Tustian - Gallopman
'Ted' joined us around 4 years ago, and makes sure the gallop is in tip top condition. He will harrow and rake it every lot.
The main team is supported by regular work riders Wilf, 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.