Introducing.. Callum Bartram-Bell

Careers in Racing started working with a group of content creators earlier this year. All showcasing  various routes into the industry or how to make your hobbies your career, this has been done by blogging, vlogging interviewing, presenting and much more.  We now jump more into the stud & breeding side of the industry!

You will find this content from our new creators through the year showcasing their career and exploring the different career paths you can have in racing.

Meet Callum Bartram-Bell

Hi Callum, tell us a bit about yourself?

Originally from South Lincolnshire and a graduate of the University of Nottingham with a degree in Politics and International Relations. I now work as a stud hand for Newsells Park Stud in Herefordshire. I have been interested in horse racing since I was 15 following my first experience of the sport when attending Spandau Ballet at Newmarket nights. From there I have purchased shares in racehorses through Owners Group, including the 2019 Triumph Hurdle winner, Pentland Hills, a horse which pushed me into pursuing a new career in the racing world.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?

Hardworking, ambitious, driven

Flats or Jumps?

I enjoy both, but jumps just tips it

How long have you been working / connected to horseracing?

I got into racing as an interest and hobby at 15, but only started working in the industry in October 2020

What course at the National Stud did you complete?

Entry to stud employment

What attracted you to this side of the industry? (Stud & Breeding etc)

The breeding sector seem to suit me better. Being 6 foot I didn’t think I would suit the role of being a jockey, also I never had the desire to ride. This then left stud work, which from researching seemed to appeal to me, as it allowed me to follow a racehorse from birth and throughout their career.

What first attracted you to the sport?

During a performance by Spandau Ballet at Newmarket nights, I just enjoyed the atmosphere produce by the crowds and studying the form to try and find a winner. Also I was attracted from seeing the pride people put into caring for, whilst training and preparing the horses for racing.

What is your favourite racing memory?

Pentland Hills winning the 2019 Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham

Where do you feel the sport is now after the lockdowns of last year?

Whilst the sport needed support from the Government following the loss of income from supporters being kept away from the track. I feel as though the sport has gained a wider audience following lockdown, as more people could follow and enjoy it from the extra time they had available.

What do you enjoy most about working in the industry or building content on the sport?

I enjoy how supportive the industry is and having hands on experience with some of the finest retired racehorses. I also enjoy being able to the see the early stages and development of the sports future champions.

Do you have a favourite horse?

Whilst having shares in syndicates including Tulin, Kodiac Pride etc. Pentland Hills has to be my favourite due to him accelerating my interest in the sport.

Favourite Racecourse?

Rowley Mile, Newmarket

Which race / racecourse around the world would you love to visit?

Meydan, Dubai

You can hear more from Callum over the coming months with us on Careers in Racing!