As most site visitors will have read, Zoe passed away on 3rd January after a long battle with cancer. It happened shortly after Brown Bullet and Mr Jack completed a double at Plumpton. The whole family would like to thank everyone who has been in touch with their condolences, and those who have published such a warm series of tributes. The top picture to the right was one of the few that was on the site with Zoe's unreserved approval, The lower one has been added as Andy's favourite, and it also came with the official thumbs up from Zoe.
Dear Owners, supporters and friends
Zoe wanted me to write a little something on here for you all.
Zoe wanted to say, a huge thank you to everyone that, believed in her. You gave her immense pleasure training your horses. She has had a lot of fun along the way. Zoe knew they weren’t Graded winners, but to her they felt like they were, as most horses we get are challenging (or special needs as we say). This is to all of the owners that have come into Zoe’s life, from the beginning of her career, to her last breaths yesterday. Thank you from the bottom of her heart, without you none of this would have been possible ❤️❤️❤️
Whilst sitting on the bed with her, we chatted about a lot of people that have come into our lives. Zoe has lovely memories of you all near and far.
She also wanted to say thank you to all the staff that have worked for her, past and present.
You’ve all been a joy to be around, and all your efforts never went unnoticed. To our girls this season thank you for your hard work, you are an amazing team to be working with. Zoe hoped that she might have helped/ taught you something whilst you spent your time here.
Also thank you to the the jockeys that have been part of her career over the years. Some that have turned into friendships, that she has taken with her.
Zoe gave us strict instructions (may I add in true Zoe style)..........
THE SHOW MUST GO ON
And that is what we’ll do ❤️❤️
Where do I start?! Firstly I would really like to say thank you to everyone for all your well wishes and support. I known Mum would be overwhelmed by the messages.
It is the hardest thing in the world saying goodbye to your Mum, best friend and work partner. Mum, you truly are an inspiration in so many ways, your strength fighting through this awful disease. Not once did you complain, not once did you feel sorry for yourself. You went through life with a smile on your face, the horses were and will always be all of you. I hope that people can appreciate what you have achieved with the horses you have had over the years. Most people would turn their heads away, but you being you would take them under your wing, to try and guide them to success.
I hope we made you proud today, and gave you the send off you deserved. I hope you could hear the screams of excitement cheering them on, I'm sure you were riding with them with both Jameses.
Andy & Harriette have done you proud, and done an incredible job looking after you. Charlotte has been so brave with a new born, riding out and racing when she can.
Thank you for all the years of enjoyment together, especially when I was riding.
We're going to carry on what you started, and hope that one day we might get a Saturday horse that you'd always dreamed of. Goodnight Mum. I will never stop loving you. You really are my hero.
The best of the tributes can be viewed on the Racing Post website,
In recent years Zoe trained such durable area stalwarts as Frank N Fair, Sherjawy and Just Beware, then going back slightly further, Spider Boy, who was cut from the same cloth.The latest star is ten time chase winner Finnegan's Garden.
The yard is just to the east of East Grinstead, in Shovelstrode Lane, south off of the A264 or north of Ashurstwood, if travelling northwards on the A22. Head for RH19 3PL on Sat Nav.
See the Ownership page for details of horses available in full or in shares - including those with very recent winning form.
Follow this link to make an IJF memorial donation
Follow this link to donate to the Injured Jockeys' Fund
in memory of Zoe