At the age of 28, is now going into his 6th season training and his best season in 2013/14 training 11 winners, Oliver previously gained a vast amount of experience in the racing industry, not least five years employment at Mick Easterby’s yard.
During this time he won the Men’s National Point-to-Point Championship in 2007/8 when he recorded a record 56 winners in points (as well as 5 under rules) and is a past Amateur Jockey’s Association titleholder under rules.
He retired from race riding on the last day of 2014/15 point to point season at Umberleigh with a winner on his last ride.
Oliver is fortunate to have an experienced hard working and enthusiastic team to support him:
Ed joined the yard two years ago as Oliver’s assistant, having previously worked at Victor Dartnail’s and Dan Skelton’s.
He has been a fantastic addition to the yard and a great asset to Oliver, working together to arrive at joint decisions. Ed did all of the feeding last year and the fact that the horses looked fantastic throughout the year was a credit to him.
Oliver comments “Ed riding the majority of the horses also worked extremely well and allowed me to spend more time with the owners and discuss options with them”.
Oliver added “He rode with a huge amount of confidence last season and I really love the way he rides. We were delighted when he won the North West Area Title in 2014”.
This is Ryans third season with us since he came from The British Racing School. He has completed his level 2 NVQ racehorse management and is now on to his NVQ level 3 in racehorse care. He is very hard working and a great member for the team. Through the summer Ryan did his Category A amateur course and had his first point to point rides in the 2014/2015 season.
Dan joined us full time last year having worked at the yard for a few years during school holidays and weekends. He doesn’t come from a horse background and has therefore started from scratch but is now extremely competent around the yard and riding out. He is currently doing his NVQ 2 in Race Horse Care Management.
Former jockey Steve Wynne, who relinquished his trainers licence towards the end of 2010, is now in charge of Oliver’s father’s non-thoroughbred hunters and Oliver values his contribution also. “Steve’s a great support, it is reassuring to have such an experienced second opinion,” says Oliver.