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 Finch

Jane has worked for Henry since 1998

Head Lad

Johnno Hinch

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.

Travelling Head Person

Simon White

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.

Second Head Travelling Person

Dominic Branch

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.

Racing Groom

Jess Richards