At the age of 30, Oliver is now a licensed trainer for both flat and national hunt, having trained point to point for 6 seasons. Oliver previously gained a vast amount of experience in the racing industry, not least five years employment at Mick Easterby’s yard and a short spell with Sir Mark Prescott.
During his time as a jockey he won the Men’s National Point-to-Point Championship in 2007/8 when he recorded a record 56 winners in points and is a past Amateur Jockey’s Association title holder under rules were he rode a total of 78 winners and 42 in one season.
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 He has had plenty of success in the point to point field including a fantastic treble at Bangor on Dee and getting beat a neck in the Aintree Foxhunters with Cool Friend.
Oliver is fortunate to have an experienced hard working and enthusiastic team to support him:
Ed joined the yard three years ago as Oliver’s assistant, having previously worked at Victor Dartnall’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 has now taken over responsibility for the point to point yard and had a winner with his first runner when Super Charge won at Upton On Severn. He will continue you to train the Point to Pointers and ride them.
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, he knows them extremely well and is extremely good at placing them”.
Oliver added “He rode with a huge amount of confidence last season and I really love the way he rides. He won the North West Area Title in 2014 and hopefully he will go close this season.
Josh has joined the yard having spent 3 years as assistant to Dan Skelton and before that as pupil assistant to Victor Dartnall. He comes to the yard as Assistant trainer and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from his time in racing. He was with Dan Skelton from the start so is very used to the setting up stage and will be a very valuable help. He was also a successful amateur and so is a huge help day to today schooling and riding work as well as helping Oliver communicating with owners and race planning.
Dan has been at the yard for over two years now having worked at the yard for a few years during school holidays and weekends. He is a key part of the team on the yard, at the races and doing a fantastic job updating social media and the website. He has spent 2 months in Newmarket at Sir Mark Prescotts which will have opened his eyes to a different environment and hopefully he can bring the skills he has picked up back the Stockton Hall.
He has recently completed his NVQ 2 in Race Horse Care Management and will move on to his level 3 in Racehorse care.
Ffion has just started working full time at the yard having completed her NVQ 1 at The British Racing School on the 9 week course, she has already settled in well and is a great asset to the yard.