Staff at Manor House Stables
Richard first got in the saddle at the age of 12 when he started having riding lessons at the Gordano Valley Riding Centre. He then worked ponies at weekends on Brean Beech near Weston-super-Mare where he grew up. At 16 he attended the British Racing School in Newmarket before joining Roger Charlton as an apprentice. Richard got his first ride on Famous Grouse at Epsom in August 2004. In August 2007, after 4 years at Roger's, Richard was approached by Tom and the pair have never looked back. Richard's greatest moments to date came when winning the G2 July Stakes and G2 Superlative Stakes aboard Classic Blade and Firth Of Fifth respectively in the summer of 2008.
|Sonia Eaton||Apprentice Jockey||
Sonia grew up with horses. She started work experience at 15 with Brian Baugh and ended up staying there for six years. She had her first ride for Brian at 17 and rode her first winner on a horse called Jalouhar at Wolverhampton when she was 18, on only her third ride. Her favourite moment in racing was when she rode a 100/1 winner at Great Yarmouth on Avoncreek. She joined Manor House Stables in July 2009.
|Derwyn Williams||Rider||Daz is from Anglesey, North Wales and previously worked for Donald McCain. He joined MHS in February 2011. Daz has helped to take our runners to Dubai, France and Turkey. He is frequently called upon to be the Third Travelling Head Lad and drives the horse box to the races.|
|Dipendra Deora||Rider||From India Dipendra Deora or just Dip joined Manor House Stables in January 2008.|
|Hari Rathore||Rider||From India Hari joined MHS in December 2012 having formally worked for Brian Meehan for five years. While at Meehan's he travelled with runners to Dubai, Ireland & Turkey and his favourite horse was Burano. Previously he also worked for Stan Moore. He loves watching and playing cricket as well as playing football.|
|Jack Hunter-Dean||Rider||Jack has been to the Northern Racing College and joined MHS in April 2012.|
|Jagat Singh||Rider||Jagat joined Manor House Stables in December 2007. Jagat is married with children and is from Rajasthan, which is the largest state in the Republic of India.|
|Jitendra Singh Deora||Rider||Jitendra, or Jit as he is known, joined MHS in January 2012 but he actually worked here for a few months prior to this back in 2009 when he first arrived in the UK from India with his cousin Dip. He then spent two years in Devon working for Stuart Kittow. Born in India, Jit is married and along with most of his colleagues he is also a keen cricket man. His favourite horse in the yard is Barracuda Boy.|
|Josh Bennett||Rider||Josh is from Southport and joined MHS in January 2013. Josh rode as a child and had his own pony, from school he went to the Northern Racing College and got his first job in racing with Richard Lee. After a year with Richard he left to join Paul Green's yard as a work rider where he spent 4 years riding anything and everything that came into the yard. In his spare time Josh is an avid reader.|
Karl started riding when he was ten but only for a couple of years. He has always been around horses through his mother's interest. He got into racing in 2009 when he spent five months working for Stan Moore. He left Lambourn to go to China where he spent seven months studying and training in Kung Fu. His main hobbies are martial arts and motor bikes. On returning to the UK he joined his brother Richard at MHS as a yardman in Dec 2010. His favourite horses are Anaconda and Marine Boy. In April 2012 he completed the BRS course and Karl now rides out.
|Lakh Singh||Rider||From India, Lakh joined MHS in December 2012. He is from India and previously worked for David Simcock.|
|Lee Jones||Rider||Manchester born Lee joined MHS in November 2012 having previously spent 5 years at Christine Dunnett's in Norfolk. He got into horse racing by accident, when at the age of 12, went looking for a Saturday job and ended up working in a yard. The rest as they say is history, with spells in Newmarket, Japan and 3 years as a track rider in America. One of this racing highlights was leading in Lester Piggott on the 3rd placed horse in the Ebor. His dark horse at MHS this year is the Myboycharlie colt.|
|Lubos Prochazka||Rider||From the Czech Republic, Lubos worked for Peter Winkworth for six years and due to Mr Winkworth retiring from training he joined MHS in January 2012. He has also worked with a variety of sport horses in the UK including show horses, hunters and on a stud.|
|Michaela Glovinova||Rider||Michaela is from the Czech Republic and worked with racehorses in Ostrava. In her country she had a few rides on the flat and over fences. After coming to the UK she worked at Peter Winkworth's yard and joined MHS with her partner Lubos in January 2012.|
Peter is born and bred in Cheshire and has been involved with horses from day one. He hunted with the North Staffordshire and pony raced before progressing to rides in point to points. He was conditional jockey to Cheshire trainer Mick Mullineux for 18 months before moving to Alan King. During his time as a jockey he rode 17 winners under rules in National Hunt. Peter is now keen to pursue his dream of becoming a trainer and wants to learn more about the flat. He is also in the process of taking his trainer's exams. Away from horses he enjoys shooting and golf.
Qaisar has worked in racing for 20 years. He started working with racehorses in India before going to Bahrain for 6 years then Australia for a year before joining MHS in December 2007. He comes from a racing family as his father was a head lad in India and two of his brothers ride. Back in India he has a wife and two children, a boy aged 5 and a 2 year old baby girl. Like a lot of the staff at MHS he is a great supporter of Manchester United.
|Sharafat Ali||Rider||Sharafat (or Ali as he is known in the yard) is from Pakistan and joined Manor House Stables in January 2009.|
Yard and Ground Staff
Kevin was born and bred in Cheshire. He has always worked in agriculture, driving tractors. One day in October 2007 he came to MHS as a favour to harrow the gallop as there was no driver at the yard. He has been here ever since! Two of his favourite hobbies are fishing and making curries. Kevin loves the countryside and rural pursuits and one of his main goals is to see MHS become a great success.
Simon is from Chester and has lived here all of his life. He left school at 16 and went straight into an apprenticeship at a golf course as a greenkeeper where he stayed for 4 years. He then spent time working at Cholmondeley Castle, gardening and tractor driving. Following a brief spell in Ireland putting up temporary stabling at events, Simon joined MHS in October 2008. Simon is a keen fisherman and in the summer he can regularly be found attempting to catch the fish in the MHS ponds!
Abbas used to be a jockey for 36 years in Pakistan where he rode an impressive 250 winners. One of his sons has followed in his father's foot steps and is also a jockey riding in Pakistan. When Abbas came to England he worked for Alan Jarvis for one year, riding out 4 lots each day. His second job was also spent riding out for Mick Easterby. Abbas joined Manor House Stables in February 2008 and his favourite horse is Present Danger.
|Ali Raza Khan||Yardman||Ali joined MHS in August 2011. He is from Pakistan and previously worked with racehorses before moving over to the UK to join his father, Abbas, at MHS.|
|Javed Iqbal||Yardman||Javed is from Pakistan and he joined Manor House Stables in November 2008. At home he has 4 dogs and enjoys watching cricket and football.|
|Muhammad Bilal||Yardman||Muhammad is from Pakistan and joined Manor House Stables in January 2009.|
|Nasir Ali||Yardman||Nasir is from Pakistan and joined Manor House Stables in April 2009.|
|Rahul Kamble||Yardman||Rahul is from India were he gained valuable equine experience working in a showjumping yard before moving to England to join MHS in May 2012. Rahul is a massive cricket fan and regularly plays for the cricket team in Malpas. He is also keen Manchester United supporter, a passion which he shares with his nephews who live in Manchester.|
|Vinod Pardeshi||Yardman||Vinnie is from India and worked with racehorses for 8 years in the country before joining Manor House Stables in September 2007. He likes cricket and football and luckily is a Manchester United supporter. His favourite horses are Jonny Mudball and Bear Behind.|
Matthew O'Donnell MRCVS qualified from Liverpool University in 1998. He worked for six years in Newmarket at Rossdales Equine Hospital completing a surgical residency. In 2007 he was recruited by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Olympic Games 2008, working as a racing vet and equine surgeon. He has extensive experience in equine lameness and surgery. Matthew conducts all of the day to day veterinary care at Manor House Stables and joined the yard in the summer of 2010.
Forden Farriers was founded over 30 years ago and is headed by Jim Blurton. Recognised by his peers and customers alike as one of the world's best farriers, Jim was crowned 2005 World Champion Farrier. Jim has trained over 20 farriers, many who have gone on to international honours. There are 11 farriers working at the practice, with Jim and Davey Calko overseeing the MHS operation along with Rob Turnbull and apprentices Katie Grose, James Gant and Dan Rabin. Forden Farriers also looks after the International Event, Show Jumping, Dressage and Stud Yards.
|Chasemore Farm||Stud Farm||
Co-owner of Manor House Stables, Andrew 'Bert' Black, has created his own thoroughbred breeding operation in Cobham, Surrey, called Chasemore Farm. Chasemore Farm became fully operational in September 2011 and many of our yearlings, including Bert's homebreds, are cared for at Chasemore before joining the team at Manor House Stables. Michael and Bert also use Chasemore as a winter break away from the yard for some of their older horses in training.
|DGS Horse Transport||Transport||
DGS Horse Transport Ltd was set up in 2001 by David Sherlock to provide the Thoroughbred Industry with first class Equine Logistics. They supply safe and reliable transport services for studs and race horse trainers, including Manor House Stables and Donald McCain Jnr. They offer a National and International service, with regular trips to Ireland and France and they attend all major sales.