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Featured Staff Profiles

At Manor House Stables we have a fantastic team of staff. So often the stories of those behind the scenes go untold. We periodically interview a member of staff and record their answers below. To view previously featured staff members, please select from the archive below.

Name :
Anna Hesketh
Job role :
Pupil Assistant Trainer
Joined :
2016
Q
"Where were you born?"
A
"London."
Q
"Position at Yard and responsibilities?"
A
"Pupil Assistant Trainer – riding out, feeding and looking after horses in barn 1."
Q
"When did you join Manor House Stables?"
A
"January 2016."
Q
"Previous equine experience?"
A
"I worked for Mick Easterby and Dandy Nicholls."
Q
"What's your favourite horse at the yard now?"
A
"Porchy Party."
Q
"What's your favourite ever horse at the yard?"
A
"Big Time Baby."
Q
"Favourite moment/memory since being at MHS?"
A
"Roudee who I rode out every day before he won the Ayr Silver Cup."
Q
"What are your hobbies outside of MHS?"
A
"Running and going to the pub."
Q
"How did you get involved in racing?"
A
"Both my twin sister, Violet and I had ponies since we were young and then I went and rode out for Henry Cecil when I was 15 years old. I also rode out for Brian Meehan. My first full time job was for Mick Easterby as his amateur jockey."
Q
"Do you follow football and if so which team do you support?"
A
"Not really but I do support Manchester United."
Q
"What would be your perfect day off?"
A
"Sleeping and then going out for a nice meal in a good restaurant."
Q
"What is your favourite food/meal?"
A
"Sushi."
Q
"Where in the world would you go on an all-expenses paid trip and why?"
A
"Dubai because all racing people go there and it is meant to be amazing. "

 

Name :
Hannah Edwards
Job role :
Rider
Joined :
2015
Q
"Where were you born?"
A
"Wrexham."
Q
"Position at Yard and responsibilities?"
A
"Rider – ride out 4 horses every morning, take them racing and look after them."
Q
"When did you join Manor House Stables?"
A
"November 2015."
Q
"Previous equine experience?"
A
"I worked at Mark Tompkins in Newmarket for 3 years and then moved North and worked for Donald McCain for 2 ½ years."
Q
"What's your favourite horse at the yard now?"
A
"Mickey & Cheerfilly."
Q
"What's your favourite ever horse at the yard?"
A
"I led up Newera and Kachy at the Chester May meeting and they both won!."
Q
"Favourite moment/memory since being at MHS?"
A
"Visiting friends and going out socialising "
Q
"What are your hobbies outside of MHS?"
A
"Running and going to the pub."
Q
"How did you get involved in racing?"
A
"I used to always go racing with my mum and dad when I was growing up. They visited racecourses all over the country. I had 2 horses while I was growing up and then I decided to the British Racing School in Newmarket after leaving school."
Q
"Do you follow football and if so which team do you support?"
A
"No."
Q
"What would be your perfect day off?"
A
"Having a lie in. Then going shopping and then going for a night out in Chester with friends."
Q
"What is your favourite food/meal?"
A
"Pizza and pasta."
Q
"Where in the world would you go on an all-expenses paid trip and why?"
A
"Riding safari in Kenya "

 

Name :
Melanie Grey
Job role :
Rider
Joined :
2015
Q
"Where were you born?"
A
"Penrith, Cumbria."
Q
"Position at Yard and responsibilities?"
A
"Work rider – ride the horses out, muck out and groom horses. Take horses to the races."
Q
"When did you join Manor House Stables?"
A
"September 2015."
Q
"Previous equine experience?"
A
"My older sister started riding at a Trekking Centre and I followed her into it. Riding in all disciplines since I was four years old. I have been in Pony Club from the age of four to 17 years old."
Q
"What's your favourite horse at the yard now?"
A
"Monsieur Glory & Four Dragons."
Q
"What's your favourite ever horse at the yard?"
A
"Secret Lady."
Q
"Favourite moment/memory since being at MHS?"
A
"This summer the staff race night at Chester racecourse in a private chalet."
Q
"What are your hobbies outside of MHS?"
A
"I have my own horses so I am kept busy looking after them and sometimes taking them eventing."
Q
"How did you get involved in racing?"
A
"My older sisters rode out for a small trainer in Cumbria. When I was 12 I started weekend work at the same yard, mucking out and riding some of the quieter horses. I got further into it when my middle sister became an amateur jockey so I started riding more. I went to British Racing School in Newmarket when I was 17. I got a placement at Donald McCain’s and worked there for nearly 2 years. Then I came to MHS."
Q
"Do you follow football and if so which team do you support?"
A
"My Dad is a Geordie so by default I am a Newcastle supporter."
Q
"What would be your perfect day off?"
A
"Seeing my family and watching my nieces who are four and two years old riding their ponies."
Q
"What is your favourite food/meal?"
A
"Spaghetti Bolognese and garlic bread."
Q
"Where in the world would you go on an all-expenses paid trip and why?"
A
"Disneyland in Florida. I have been four times before and it is the best holiday ever. I love the food and the theme parks and the sun."

 

Name :
Paul Gallagher
Job role :
Assistant Head Lad
Joined :
2013
Q
"Where were you born?"
A
"Sunderland."
Q
"Position at Yard and responsibilities?"
A
"Assistant Head Lad – completely in charge of barn of 23 horses and I also run the swimming pool and maintain it. I am also in charge of breaking in of all of the yearlings each year."
Q
"When did you join Manor House Stables?"
A
"I re-joined the yard in August 2013.  I had previously worked for MHS as a Barn Leader from the end of 2009 until 2012 before moving back to Newmarket to work again for Sir Michael Stoute."
Q
"Previous equine experience?"
A
"I worked for Geoff Wragg. Then James Fanshawe as Travelling Head Lad, Then I travelled to America and was a work rider for a few years before coming back to the UK to work for Sir Michael Stoute for 12 years."
Q
"What's your favourite horse at the yard now?"
A
"Cymro, and in reserve Star Of Rory."
Q
"What's your favourite ever horse at the yard?"
A
"Brown Panther."
Q
"Favourite moment/memory since being at MHS?"
A
"When Brown Panther won the Irish St Leger."
Q
"What are your hobbies outside of MHS?"
A
"Fishing and watching football."
Q
"How did you get involved in racing?"
A
"My Grandad and Dad were both mad racing fans. My Grandad worked down the mines and betting was a big thing."
Q
"Do you follow football and if so which team do you support?"
A
"Newcastle United."
Q
"What would be your perfect day off?"
A
"Going fishing."
Q
"What is your favourite food/meal?"
A
"A good steak and chips."
Q
"Where in the world would you go on an all-expenses paid trip and why?"
A
"I would like to go back to the Maldives because it is heaven, they are paradise islands. There is nothing to do except relax, drink and eat. You don’t need to go anywhere else."   

 

Name :
Poppy Fielding
Job role :
Rider
Joined :
2015
Q
"Where were you born?"
A
"Lancashire"
Q
"Position at Yard and responsibilities?"
A
"Rider – I ride out four lots every day, take horses to races and look after my own four horses."
Q
"When did you join Manor House Stables?"
A
"December 2015."
Q
"Previous equine experience?"
A
"I had ponies when I was growing up, I did mounted games, show jumping and eventing and pony racing."
Q
"What's your favourite horse at the yard now?"
A
"Imdancinwithurwife."
Q
"What's your favourite ever horse at the yard?"
A
"Thataboy."
Q
"Favourite moment/memory since being at MHS?"
A
"Going racing with all of them that I look after as I like all of my horses. All of my horses have been winners!"
Q
"What are your hobbies outside of MHS?"
A
"Clay pigeon shooting and competing my own horse."
Q
"How did you get involved in racing?"
A
"I did a one day pony racing course with the Pony Club and then I started pony racing. Then I applied for the British Racing School in Newmarket for the 8 week course which I started as soon as I left school. MHS was my first job in racing."
Q
"Do you follow football and if so which team do you support?"
A
"No."
Q
"What would be your perfect day off?"
A
"I would take my own horse eventing or showjumping for the day. In the evening I would like to meet up with friends and go out."
Q
"What is your favourite food/meal?"
A
"Chinese."
Q
"Where in the world would you go on an all-expenses paid trip and why?"
A
"Australia because I would like to ride out there and go on holiday and enjoy the sun."

 

Name :
Marco Belettati
Job role :
Rider
Joined :
2009
Q
"Where were you born?"
A
"Alba, Cuneo, Italy."
Q
"Position at Yard and responsibilities?"
A
"Rider – I do everything!"
Q
"When did you join Manor House Stables?"
A
"February 2009."
Q
"Previous equine experience?"
A
"I started riding ponies when I was a child and showjumped and evented. After school I worked in competition yards in Italy. Then I worked in a racing yard when I was 22 years. I rode in jump races for about two years and I had to stop because I broke my neck in a fall in a race. I worked for 25 years in racing in Italy. Then I moved to the UK with my family and we ran a livery yard for a few years. Later I joined Manor House Stables."
Q
"What's your favourite horse at the yard now?"
A
"Barracuda Boy."
Q
"What's your favourite ever horse at the yard?"
A
"Barracuda Boy."
Q
"Favourite moment/memory since being at MHS?"
A
"Every day I enjoy my job!"
Q
"What are your hobbies outside of MHS?"
A
"Skiing and sailing with my son. Outside of work I look after my son and take him to all of his various sports: mountain boarding, Showjumping and climbing, the list goes on…."
Q
"How did you get involved in racing?"
A
"Because it was an easier job and better paid to work in racing in Italy than it was in other equestrian disciplines."
Q
"Do you follow football and if so which team do you support?"
A
"I don’t follow football."
Q
"What would be your perfect day off?"
A
"I enjoy spending time with my family so a day spent them maybe going camping or swimming would be great."
Q
"What is your favourite food/meal?"
A
"Fresh seafood."
Q
"Where in the world would you go on an all-expenses paid trip and why?"
A
"New Zealand – because it looks very beautiful and it isn’t crowded, not many people. It has mountains and is still remote and wild."

 

Name :
Ali Raza Khan
Job role :
Yardman
Joined :
2011
Q
"Where were you born?"
A
"Lahore, Pakistan."
Q
"Position at Yard and responsibilities?"
A
"Yardman – I go and check the board in the tackroom first thing in the morning to see which horses I need to take to swim or go onto the walker. Once I have taken the horses to the pool and walker I start mucking out their stables. I then bring them back when they are dry from the pool. I might take horses to the vet room for examination or trot up horses for the vet and head lads. At the end of the morning we then sweep up the yards and help feed with the head lads. At evening stables we brush the horses over and muck out and take their temperatures. I also take my horses racing. I lead them up at the races and we pull them out of the racecourse stables 30 minutes before their race time and walk them around in the pre-parade and parade ring to loosen them up. I have to make sure that they look smart and behave well at the races."
Q
"When did you join Manor House Stables?"
A
"August 2011."
Q
"Previous equine experience?"
A
"In Lahore I used to go to the racetrack where my uncle works. My cousin is also a racehorse trainer in Lahore. I enjoyed going racing. My Dad has worked at MHS for a number of years and I came over to work with him. This was my first job with horses."
Q
"What's your favourite horse at the yard now?"
A
"Excilly and Mickey. I would like to thank head lad, Andy Jackson as he choose Excilly for me to look after when she was a yearling."
Q
"What's your favourite ever horse at the yard?"
A
"Brown Panther."
Q
"Favourite moment/memory since being at MHS?"
A
"Leading Excilly up at Carlisle when she won her listed race in 2015."
Q
"What are your hobbies outside of MHS?"
A
"Playing cricket and watching football."
Q
"How did you get involved in racing?"
A
"Through my family involvement, my father, Abbas has worked in the UK in racing for 15 years."
Q
"Do you follow football and if so which team do you support?"
A
"Manchester United."
Q
"What would be your perfect day off?"
A
"Going to Lords Cricket ground to watch Pakistan beating India."
Q
"What is your favourite food/meal?"
A
"Chicken Birayni."
Q
"Where in the world would you go on an all-expenses paid trip and why?"
A
" Dubai for the weather and the racing."

 

Name :
Simon Joseph
Job role :
Groundsman
Joined :
2008
Q
"Where were you born?"
A
"Chester."
Q
"Position at Yard and responsibilities?"
A
"Groundsmen – grounds maintenance of gallop, lawns, paddocks, barns – everything basically"
Q
"When did you join Manor House Stables?"
A
"2008."
Q
"Previous equine experience?"
A
"None! I used to put up temporary stabling in Ireland at equestrian event that was the nearest I got to horses before coming to MHS. I was a greenkeeper at a Tarporley Golf course as well.."
Q
"What's your favourite horse at the yard now?"
A
"Excilly."
Q
"What's your favourite ever horse at the yard?"
A
"Marine Boy."
Q
"Favourite moment/memory since being at MHS?"
A
"Panther winning the Irish St Leger."
Q
"What are your hobbies outside of MHS?"
A
"Fishing, rugby and socialising."
Q
"How did you get involved in racing?"
A
"I answered an advert for groundsmen/tractor driver that was on the notice board in Malpas Post Office."
Q
"Do you follow football and if so which team do you support?"
A
"Liverpool."
Q
"What would be your perfect day off?"
A
"Have a lie in, go for a fry up and then go to the pub with my friends and watch the football and racing followed by a night in Chester."
Q
"What is your favourite food/meal?"
A
"Roast beef – Sunday roast."
Q
"Where in the world would you go on an all-expenses paid trip and why?"
A
"USA – California because it is somewhere that interests me. I would love to drive in a big American car down a freeway."

 

Name :
Chris Ely
Job role :
Second Travelling Head Lad
Joined :
2007
Q
"How did you get involved in racing?"
A
"I always fancied being a jockey, and when I saw an advert in the paper for Racing College, I knew immediately that's what I wanted to do. Up until then I had an interest in racing and followed it on the TV, as I am from Liverpool I did also used to go to the odd day at Chester Races."
Q
"Which is your favourite horse at Manor House Stables?"
A
"It has to be Brown Panther, I enjoy looking after him, and he has a cheeky but friendly personality! He always works well and always puts up a hearty performance on the track.
I can't mention Panther without Bomber Thorn though who I ride everyday - and happens to be Brown Panther's half brother!"
Q
"Who's your most fanciable racing personality?"
A
"Has to be Hayley Turner - she occasionally rides out here and sometimes catch her eye at the races."
Q
"What's your best racing experience?"
A
"As a whole experience, racing in Dubai this year [January 2013] was something I will never forget! The place is so very different to anywhere in this country - and as you can see in the picture, the weather wasn't too bad either.
Q
"What are your hobbies?"
A
"I don't have loads of time outside of racing really - every weekend I will be at the races with my favourite racecourse being Chester!
My only other main hobby would be football and I am a big Liverpool fan."
Q
"What's your dark horse to watch out for at Manor House Stables?"
A
"I like the unnamed filly by Dubawi, just think she will be a nice racehorse."

 

Name :
Lizzie Lea
Job role :
Racing Secretary
Joined :
January 2010
Q
"How did you get involved in racing?"
A
" I was brought up with horses and I loved going fast on my Shetland cross Welsh Mountain pony – I was inspired when Mum could not find stirrup irons small enough for me so she got some jockey irons – I thought I was a jockey, poor pony! I used to watch racing on tv when I was little and ride a finish on the arm of the sofa in unison with the tv. Lots of competing on ponies throughout my childhood and teenage years and I loved cross country and hunting as it was the closest thing I could get to racing. At that time there was no pony racing which was a shame as I had some wickedly fast ponies. Eventually when I was 17 I traded my eventing pony in for a two year old unbroken TB, who I backed and then rode in a few local point to points. As soon as I could drive I rode out for a local trainer in Cheshire and then got a full time job with Henrietta Knight. From there: point to pointed a bit, rode out for various trainers, worked on racecourses – basically racing all the way because I initially loved the idea of going fast over fences!"
Q
"Which is your favourite horse at Manor House Stables?"
A
"Jonny Mudball because he is a dude and I like Marine Boy because he has lots of character too and I hope he gets back onto a racecourse soon and fulfils his potential."
Q
"Who's your most fanciable racing personality?"
A
"Ruby Walsh was always a firm favourite but Sam Thomas is good looking but probably far too young for me to say that."
Q
"What's your best racing experience?"
A
"I am going to be greedy and put 3:
Managing to get home for the first time in a point to point on a horse that I had backed and trained myself. I felt like I had won the Gold Cup – we were only 5th but it was an amazing feeling.
Leading up my very first winner: Baby John at Taunton – he was such a kind lovely horse with hairy ears and I used to ride him out every day.
Kauto Star winning back at Haydock – I love that horse but even I thought retire him but he just jumped from fence to fence and really stuck two fingers up to everyone – what an animal to come back each year and perform to such a high standard."
Q
"What are your hobbies?"
A
"I have quieted down these days and think the only horse I could ride now in a point to point would be Kauto Star. So I like re-schooling and eventing my ex-racehorse and going hunting occasionally. Also quite sad but I compete in dog agility with Boots my scruffy collie. Really love surfing and skiing too and obviously going racing but mainly these days just to Bangor and Chester."
Q
"What's your dark horse to watch out for at Manor House Stables?"
A
"Mullit – he is going to be a pocket rocket with attitude – also has a cool name and likes polos."

 

Name :
Andy Jackson
Job role :
Head Lad
Joined :
Joined Tom Dascombe at ONEWAY in August 2008
Q
"How did you get involved in racing?"
A
"I was brought up with horses as a kid as I grew up on a farm. My love of horses led to me being involved at 17 years old on an apprentice exchange in France at Jonathan Pease's yard in Chantilly.When I was 20 I had my first ride for Captain Tim Forster in a Novice Chase on a horse that had never completed over hurdles. I will leave you to guess what happened with that one!"
Q
"Which is your favourite horse at Manor House Stables?"
A
"The next winner. Oh, and Classic Colori - I dream about him in my sleep!"
Q
"Who's your most fanciable racing personality?"
A
"Frankie Pickard"
Q
"What's your best racing experience?"
A
"Working for Tom, looking towards the future and being up with the best. I also really enjoyed working for Captain Tim Forster. I rode work on Dublin Flyer & Pegwell Bay."
Q
"What are your hobbies?"
A
"PUB SPORTS & being involved in racing 'cos it beats working."
Q
"What's your dark horse to watch out for at Manor House Stables?"
A
"Of the fillies; Adele Blanc Sec, and of the colts; Classic Colori and Wisecraic."

 

Name :
Colin Gorman "Cagey"
Job role :
Asistant Trainer
Joined :
1 August 2009
Q
"How did you get involved in racing?"
A
"Just family involvement at a young age. It's a bug that is hard to brush off, but I work hard and play hard so I love it really!"
Q
"Which is your favourite horse at Manor House Stables?"
A
"Simple, the last winner."
Q
"Who's your most fanciable racing personality?"
A
"Well, obviously I don't fancy anybody else anymore since my new wife, she won't let me! On the other hand, I'd love to show Louise Redknapp around Manor House Stables!"
Q
"What's your best racing experience?"
A
"Probably Manor House Stables' first winner for Tom Dascombe, Mondovi in September of last year."
Q
"What are your hobbies?"
A
"The two G's; golf and guinness. Aside from winding up Michael Owen about his latest hair style of course!"
Q
"What's your dark horse to watch out for at Manor House Stables?"
A
"There's so many to choose from, but I'll give you one colt and one filly; Jonny Mudball and Transvaal Sky."