“Winning is certainly the best part of the job and it always gives the team a great boost”
Dan Skelton – Trainer
I’m always up early and in the office to do the board with my assistant Tom. We prepare the work lists, walker lists and lists for any vet or farrier visits for the horses before spending the morning on the gallops watching them work. I also do the entries and declarations at some point too.
Through the winter, I will usually travel to the races after morning stables to prepare the horses to run and liaise with the owners and jockey. If it’s a non-racing day, I will check the horses in the afternoon with the Head Grooms, do race planning and check out the sales catalogues with Tom.
I also spend a lot of time speaking to the owners, discussing their horses, how they’re working, what their race plans are and their general wellbeing.
I grew up with horses as my Dad is a show jumper and it was inevitable that my career would lead me in a similar direction. I didn’t get on with show jumping though and trained (and rode) my point to pointer Mickthecutaway whilst I was at university.
A week’s work experience at Paul Nicholls’ really gave me the bug and when he was looking for a new assistant, I was lucky enough to be offered the job. After 9 years there, it was time to give it a go myself.
Winning is certainly the best part of the job. Whether you’re the owner, trainer, jockey or stable staff, there’s no feeling like it and it always gives the team a great boost!
There is no substitute for hard work in this game and a dedicated person prepared to work and to learn will always stands out from the crowd.
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