Ewan Whillans – Assistant Trainer
Ewan has been back home a number of years now since his days as a jockey working for Nicky Richards and Ferdy Murphy also gaining experience working for Mark Johnston and Lucinda Russell as well as riding out for many other trainers in his time away. Ewan is looking forward to taking over from his father when the time comes.
Robyn Crawford –
robyn has been full time with us since autumn 2019 since finishing her education at Hawick high. Robyn is a hard working young girl who is a great asset to our team. Robyn has her favourite lot “wind of hope” who she was very pleased to see back on the 7th March, Robyn regularly events her own horse as well as having her first ride between the flags back in January on an old ACW warrior “Pena dorada” we look forward to seeing Robyn’s talent shine in the future.
Ross McFarlane –
ross has recently joined us after working for other local trainers. Ross spent most his younger years in the army before coming back to a job he enjoys. He is a good work rider and great to have on our team. Ross gets on well with the horses here and will be a great help on race-days.
Connor Wood – Amateur Jockey
Connor is our Amateur jockey and has been with us for a good year now. Connor has had previous experience with Lucinda Russell and Rose and Tony Dobbin. He was leading northern novice rider at the point to points a couple of seasons ago and has had experience on the track. Connor is a skilled rider at home and excels on young horses and tricky ones. Connor also managed to bag his first winner on the track on none other than yard hero Samtown, a great day for everybody involved. Connor now has his Cat B licence and has ridden against the pro’s.
Isaac has been with us for a couple of years since joining us from an eventing background. Isaac takes pride in turning our horses out at the races and is always bringing home the best turned out prizes, as well as keeping our social media up to date.
he regularly schools the horses for us and loves getting them jumping. As well as jumping Isaac is also skilled at breaking horses in and clipping. Recently Isaac rode in his first point to point and managed to win, which is no easy task. Isaac now has his Amateur Cat A licence and is looking forward to getting on the track.
Chloe has been with us full time for around a year and a half now since leaving school but has been coming to the yard since she was about 13 helping on her weekends and school holidays. It was touch and go after her first shot at “riding out” ended up with her falling off Opt Out the quietest horse in the yard which we never let her forget. Chloe has came a long way from then and is more than capable of riding any horse in the yard schooling and enjoys doing stalls work. Chloe also has Dickie “Meadowcroft Boy” as a riding horse now he is retired and has given one of our old stars a five star home.
Alasdair is our longest serving member of staff and has been with us for around 15 years give or take. A rock solid part of the team Al knows what needs done and how to do it. Al enjoys riding work and riding the trickier horses at home. Al has ridden on the local flapping circuit in the past and it has improved his riding to no end, its a great thing to gain experience. Al is the strong silent type and isnt one to say to much…. which is handy if have one lined up to win.
Gavin aka “plodder” has been back full time with us since August last year. Gavin who enjoys his Hunting and recently taking on the roll as huntsman for the Jed Forest our local pack of fox hounds. He is great to have on the yard doing the hands on jobs as well as riding work. Gavin is part of race tech doing the stalls on race days, so he is a huge advantage for us when teaching our young horses through the starting stalls. Plodder owns “strombrig” an Ex ACW member who partners him hunting.
Oliver Hogg – Handyman
Oliver or Bogus as everybody knows him has been in and around our place for nearly 20 years since retiring from his job, at 84 years of age you would think he would want his pipe and slippers but he is having none of it he still regularly comes up and gives the lads a hand in the yard and loves going up the gallop to fix the jumps up fix the rails and cut the grass…. although we think he just likes to see what horses are working the best to put his five pounds on. He is part of the furniture at Newmill Stables and isnt scared to keep the lads in check if need be. Bogus still goes racing plenty and was over the moon to lead up Cracking Destiny when he won his first start for us at Musselburgh.
holly is one of our part time work riders and is a great help to our team, when she isn’t working hard for her PE Teaching degree at university she is in the yard helping out when she can. You won’t see holly have an easy day and she’s usually first to get the jobs done. Holly come’s racing regular and is great at getting the horses looking smart. Recently holly lead up “folks like us”when he won at Kelso.. she’s still smiling now!!