The Team

Assistant Trainer – Bill Haigh
Bill Haigh has been with us from the start, after having his own training establishment in Malton.
Bill signed off his own training career at Spring Cottage Stables with a winner at Lingfield when Legal Issue, his last runner, took division one of the Atropos Handicap under Tim Sprake.
After Legal Issue had beaten Jubilee Scholar, the 9-2 favourite by a head, Bill said: “This is the most expensive horse I have ever bought, at 17,000 guineas.
“He has won four for Brian Valentine, one of my most loyal owners.”
Bill rode successfully on the flat and over jumps and took a licence to train in the 1956-57 National Hunt season, until quitting in 1961.
He returned to the training ranks in 1970 and spent five years at Penrith before ending up at Spring Cottage Stables.

Head Lad
Ed Bowen
Ed has worked for many top trainers through-out his career and has taken charge of breaking all the current young stock.

Travelling Head Girl
Danielle Fowkes
Danielle worked for the yard many years ago holding her Amateur Cat A Dual licence before moving on to gain more experience with Clive Britain and Ishmail Mohammed in Newmarket. She has worked the past few years working in Australia for Darley/Godolphin.

Ian Twedall – Blacksmith
Ian and his team visit the yard three times a week to ensure the horse feet are always in good shape

Ben Curtis
An experienced jockey in the UK and Ireland, Ben rides out most weeks

Robert Winston
An experienced senior jockey, Robert comes in to ride work and gives valuable experience to the youngsters, he rides most weeks

David Allan
David has rides in mid summer for us

Paul Moloney
Paul comes most weeks to school the horses

Neil Farley
Comes in regular to ride out and will ride for us this summer.

Callum Bewley
Callum rides out 1 or 2 mornings a week, he had 12 point to point wins and 45 wins as a conditional before turning professional

Noreen Mohammad ground staff responsible for Barns A, B & D

Nasar Hayat  ground staff responsible for Barns A, B & D

Laura Pledger
Laura attended the Northern Racing College before joining the yard in January 2014

Emma Heywood
Emma joined the yard August 2014 from M Doods as ground staff and second travelling girl.

Jenny Connor (Pictures)
Jenny joined the yard in 2015. Previously working at Edwin Tuers for 3 years before he retired. She enjoys going racing and riding out. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her own horses going to local shows.

Graham Johnson
Graham joined the team in January 2016, he has had extensive experience working in both Flat & Natioanl Hunt yards as well as stud work.

Charlie Todd (Pictures)
Charlie is the youngest member of the team. He is keen on pony racing and would like to become a professional Flat jockey as his career advances. He has ridden for Team GB in Pony Racing

Louise Taylor
Louise has returned to work for the yard after taking a break from racing due to family commitments

Jes Devere
In Jess’s spare time she enjoys showjumping, X-country and hunting with her horses back home

Stirks & Associates , Ripon
Hambleton Equine Clinic, Yarm. North Yorkshire
Emson Equine, North Yorks