Gemma has retired from riding due to the various injuries that are inevitable for a jump jockey that does not lead a charmed life, but continues her involvement on the training side.
When our previous lead rider Will Featherstone was forced to retire due to being too heavy, he recommended Tommy as a replacement in autumn 2017 and we are delighted that everything has flourished for both him and us since.
Marina joined us in 2014, following in the footsteps of her brother (Jymmy) and sister (Anca). She has a similar eventing background in Romania and she too has enthusiastically joined into the routine of a racing yard
The second return of Katie, who has come back after finishing at college. It seems as if Katie started her first stint with us in about 1933, but simple maths indicates it has to be more recent than that.
Another returnee, Natalie worked at Shovelstrode in the past, but left to start a family. She has now returned on a part-time basis, and he experience of the way that we work is invaluable.