At Downton Hall Stables we have a really strong team who go that extra step to care for their horses.
Teamwork is generally understood as the willingness of a group of people to work together to achieve a common aim. That aim is for each horse in our care to succeed. Only when the skills and strengths of individual team members are joined with shared goals, and a focus on collective performance, do you see the benefits of a team at work. The benefits of our team can be seen to work at Downton Hall Stables.
Jane has worked for Henry since 1998
Johnno is in charge! He is Head Lad and Henry’s right hand man. Johnno was a barn leader at Godolphin for a number of years until moving to Downton Hall Stables. Johnno is married to Sam and they have one son, Arthur, and another baby on the way.
Simon has been with Henry since the very start, having previously been assistant to his father, head lad to Willie Jenks and having also worked for Captain Forster. He brings a wealth of experience to the job and there aren’t many tasks he can’t turn his hand to. Although he has had many favourite horses whilst working here, 2003 Cheltenham Festival winner Young Spartacus and Briery Fox are two that he has fondest memories of.
Dom has worked for us for two years having previously been working in eventing. He has worked with horses all his life and is enjoying working in the role of Travelling Head person. His favourite horse is Fortescue.
Abby left school last summer and is due to start at RAU Cirencester in September 2019. She worked for us during school holidays and learnt to ride with the Ludlow Hunt and the Ludlow Hunt Pony Club.
This will be Lauren’s 5th season with us. She came to us straight from school and she is another rider who learnt with the Ludlow Hunt Pony Club. Her favourite horse is Chilli Filli but she also will never forget Briery Belle.
Sophie has been with us for two seasons now. She learnt her riding skills with the Ludlow Hunt. Her favourite horse in the yard is FlashJack and she has looked after him since she started working for us.
Martin has been with us for 15 years. He rolls the gallops after every lot and is always seen in either the tractor, on the lawn mower or with the strimmer. He keeps the place tidy!
Imo has been with us since January last year, and she came to us us from an eventing yard. She learnt to ride in the Ludlow Hunt Pony Club and her favourite horse is Honest Vic.
Harry has been around the yard and the horses all his life, and has been riding out during his school holidays for the last couple of years. Harry is currently at Hartpury college but is riding out before ‘homeschool’ every day and on the weekends. Like many of the others he learnt to ride with the Ludlow Hunt Pony Club and now also events to a high level.
Henry joined us half way through 2020 straight from school. Despite never having worked in racing before he has been eager to learn and enjoyed most aspects… riding out in the snow is maybe not top of the list! Even though it has been slightly changed by the pandemic Henry has been enjoying taking horses to the races as well as his other duties.