Roger was introduced to racing by his mother, when he was growing up she trained point to pointers then started to train under a permit licence. in 1984 aged just 16 Roger moved to John Jenkins in Horsham, When John moved to Epsom Roger went with him and rode as an amateur, then when John moved from Epsom to Royston Roger decided it wasn’t for him and joined Phillip Mitchell and continued to ride successfully as an amateur on the flat and jumps.
Roger then became Phillips assistant trainer and travelled the world with stable star Running Stag who proved very successful in the states winning a number of group races.
Roger was then given the opportunity to start training in his own right in 2007 and spent a further 9 seasons training in Epsom where he gained much success and a few of his own stable stars. the likes of Steele Tango who won the group 3 Darley stakes and also success over seas in Dubai gaining 2 wins, some other were Cochabamba, Surrey Star, and Tigers Tale of which won the London mile final in 2014.
Towards the end of 2015 circumstances changed and Roger and wife Sue relocated to Great Shefford where in 2016 they enjoyed their best season numerically to date with 20 winners under both codes in a calendar year from an average of 16 horses
Sue didn’t start riding until she was 9 years old and progressed through show jumping and then eventing on leaving school at the age of 16 she began work for Epsom based trainer Phillip Mitchell, this is where she met Roger and they have been married since 1991 and have 2 boys Chris and Harry.
Sue had a brief spell out of racing while bringing up the 2 boys but when Roger took on his new role as a trainer Sue dusted off her boots and went back to help.
Sue looked after her pride and joy Steele Tango who was second in the Cambridgeshire, won the group 3 Darley stakes and also won 2 races over seas at the Dubai carnival.
Sue does all our office work while being very hands on in the yard.
Son of Roger and Sue, Harry has always been around horses.
Harry started riding at a very young age and was always keen to get on, he progressed through the pony club representing them in the show jumping, eventing, tetrathlon and mounted games, as he grew older he favoured the show jumping and went on to compete at a high level under the rules of the BSJA, while continuing to ride out for his father when he could.
On leaving school aged 16 Harry went to a professional show jumping yard but within 5 months of being there decided that racing is where his heart lays. being a tall lad and still loving his jumping he decided he wanted to go to a jumps trainer and give being a jump jockey a go, so he moved to Alan Kings where he gained a lot of valuable experience.
Harry rode as an amateur gaining his first success under rules on the flat for father Roger aboard Miss Lillie at Lingfield that was shortly followed by his first success over hurdles at Newbury aboard Howaboutnever who was also Trained by Roger as well as being part owner.
Harry turned conditional in March 2016 and is now gaining more success.
Georgie joined us when we moved to Great Shefford in December of 2015 as weekend staff while studying for her A levels. Georgie then joined us full time in June of 2016 after completing and doing very well in her exams.
Georgie comes from a racing background but she competed regularly on the show jumping circuit, having never ridden a racehorse before joining us she has adapted to the new riding style very well and is a invaluable member of the team.
Georgie is also studying to become a physio, and hopes to do horse physiotherapy in the long run as well.