GEORGE & CANDIDA BAKER
George and Candida have grown the business together over the past 8 years. Laughing at the same jokes, sharing the inevitable disappointments, celebrating the good days. George spent far too long shouting down telephones in the City, whilst Candida was an extremely talented business-woman, nominated for “Business Woman of the Year” in 2005. The decision to take out a Licence to train racehorses in 2008 saw a massive sea change in both their lives. Their passion for the sport of horseracing, and their desire to see the business succeed at the highest level, has been a potent mix. By surrounding themselves with some exceptionally talented people, George and Candida have seen the business grow and flourish in recent times.
PATRICK & VALERIE MURPHY – ASSISTANT TRAINERS
Having met at the historic Kildangan Stud, Patrick and Valerie then spent many years as work riders in Dubai. Returning to the UK, they set up a highly successful breaking and pre-training yard in Northamptonshire. Taking in horses from several of the country’s leading trainers, they soon forged a reputation built on hard work and professionalism. When George and Candida bought Far Westfield Farm in Warwickshire to launch their training career, Patrick and Valerie joined the team. They both have an intuitive understanding of the thoroughbred racehorse, and are supremely talented riders and judges of a horse.
GEMMA SPANSWICK – HEAD GIRL
Gemma started with us at Manton on a part-time basis, riding out several lots each morning. She swiftly became an integral part of the team, and we were delighted when she agreed to move with us to Robins Farm. And when the position of Head Girl became available, Gemma moved seamlessly into the role. A pivotal position, and one that she has taken on with great skill and dedication.
JULIA CLUTTERBUCK – RACING SECRETARY
Julia joined us at Robins Farm having worked here previously with Olly and Hetta Stevens. She has been hugely instrumental in ensuring our early months here have passed smoothly, and her organisational skills are superb. The role of Racing Secretary requires many skills, and Julia has proved herself more than up to the task.
PETER THURLOW – WOODLANDS EQUINE SERVICES LTD
Peter Thurlow is a graduate of Edinburgh University and has worked in equine practice since 1992. Peter has worked in the West Country, Saudi Arabia and Berkshire. Peter’s interests are in medicine, imaging (ultrasound and radiology), lameness and racehorse practice.
BECKY DEAN – PHYSIO
Becky is with us on a regular basis, and both her pre and post race treatment of our equine athletes is hugely beneficial. As with humans, horses suffer from a variety of aches and pains. Becky’s skilled work ensures that they head to the races without any niggles, and gives them the best chance of performing to the best of their ability.
TOM PHILLIPS – TS PHILLIPS FARRIER LTD
Has been shoeing horses for George since he commenced training 11 years ago. Based in Stratford Upon Avon Tom commutes down to Robins Farm every Thursday to carry out his duties carrying our farriery during the week for many other disciplines. In his spare time Tom enjoys following the racing and working his dogs.
DEAN BRADFORD – TRAVELLING HEAD LAD
Deano joined us during our time at Whitsbury, and moved with the team to Manton. When the opportunity to take on the role of Travelling Head Man arose, Dean stepped up to the plate. His care for the horses whilst travelling and at the races is second to none, and he quite rightly wins a large number of ‘Best Turned Out’ awards. He is a very valued member of the team.
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