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.
Michael Davidson – Yardman/Traveling Head Lad
Michael is our yard manager and also takes our horses to the races on most days we have runners. Having worked for Nicky Richards for a good number of years he is very experienced and knowledgeable with the horses on race days and at home. It has been said there is no better man to get a cast horse up than him. Michael has been round horses all his life growing up doing the local Common Ridings and in 2011 was lucky enough to lead the cavalcade as Hawick Cornet.
Connor Wood – Amateur Jockey
Connor is our Amateur jockey and has been with us for around four months, 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 very 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 has improved leaps and bounds since joining us, 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 will be getting his Amateur Cat A licence very soon 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.
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 recently