Meet The Team

Katie Essery

Katie Essery

Head Girl

How long have you been here:
7 Years

Background:
Katie studied horse management and a business degree at Duchy College. She has worked in racing for 12 years, and in that time she has completed her NVQ level 3.

Who is your role model:
Zara Philips

Favourite all time horse:
Roudoudu Ville/Un Blue A’laam /Tolkiens Tango

Horse to follow in the yard:
Unnamed Mahler 4 year old

Ambitions:
Katie would like to train a few of her own horses.

Bridgett Deacon

Bridgett Deacon

Yard Manager

How long have you been here:
February 2016

Background:
Bridgette grew up in a hunt kennels and went on to work in a hunting yard. She has also participated in team chasing and is a keen hunting follower.

Who is your role model:
Venita Williams

Favourite all time horse:
Desert Orchid

Horse to follow in the yard:
Howardian Hills

Ambitions:
Bridgette is keen to remain part of our successful team. She would like to see all the horses perform well and come home safe.

Paddy Dartnall

Paddy Dartnall

Travelling Head Lad

How long have you been here:
September 2016

Background:
Paddy started working for his father Victor when he had point to pointers and was his assistant for 10 years gaining his horse dentist qualifications within that time. He did get out of working in racing for a for a while, and trained his own pointers as a hobby.

Who is your role model:
A P McCoy

Favourite all time horse:
Lord Sam

Horse to follow in the yard:
Run to Milan/Unnamed Gettaway gelding

Ambitions:
Paddy would like to train.

Giles Hawkins

Giles Hawkins

Work Rider/Schooling Jockey/Breaking in Young Horses

How long have you been here:
On and off over the last four years.

Background:
Giles is from a big hunting background. He started off having ponies and attending Pony Club. He then went onto ride in point to points and this is his seventh season riding as a professional. Giles is also a farmer and works on his family farm.

Who is your role model:
Richard Johnson

Favourite all time horse:
Wishful Thinking

Horse to follow in the yard:
Unnamed Getaway gelding.

Ambitions:
Giles would like to ride his claim out and train pointers.

Laura Palmer

Laura Palmer

Stable Lass/Work Rider/Schooling Jockey

How long have you been here:
October 2012

Background:
Laura studied Coach and Physical Education and obtained a BA Honours Degree. She previously looked after hunters and polo ponies. She has also worked on a yard where she looked after Paul Nichols racehorses that were in rehabilitation.

Who is your role model:
William Fox-Pitt

Favourite all time horse:
Neptune Collonges

Horse to follow in the yard:
Bindon Mill

Ambitions:
Laura would like to become a Travelling Head Girl.

Katherine Folland

Katherine Folland

Stable Lass/Work Rider/Schooling Jockey

How long have you been here:
September 2013

Background:
Katherine has previously worked for a stud and has also been a hunt groom. She enjoys going hunting regularly.

Who is your role model:
Graham Heal

Favourite all time horse:
Shammick Boy

Horse to follow in the yard:
Run to Milan

Ambitions:
Katherine would like to train her own pointers.

Nick Schofield

Nick Schofield

Stable Jockey

How long have you been here:
Started riding for the yard 2015.

Background:
Nick started out riding ponies and attending pony club. He then went onto compete showjumping for the England Team. He started riding in point to points and won the novice area title. He rode for Richard Barber. He then went to Paul Nicholls where he started out as amateur, and then turned conditional. He rode out his claim and is now second jockey to Paul Nicholls. He also rides for Jeremy Scott amongst other trainers.

Who is your role model:
Christiano Ronaldo

Favourite all time horse:
Sea Snipe

Horse to follow in the yard:
Run to Milan/Unnamed Avico

Ambitions:
To win the Grand National.