Jackie’s training ethos is to have a very hands on approach, working with each horse individually over a period. Learning to understand its temperament, how to get the best response from each one and to gain its confidence and trust to get the best out of them, while keeping them fit, healthy in body and happy in mind. It is important to try to get the best from each horse, regardless of its ability.
Being located in the north east of Scotland had some challenges, but it had certainly not been a barrier for success. Since gaining her full license in 2015, Jackie already had several winners, as well as a high percentage of runners in the winners enclosure. With a committed and focused team where each individual horse has specialised care and a specific training programme designed to suit their particular needs, she is committed to bringing on more winners for the future.
We have now relocated to Lilliesleaf in the Scottish Borders. This move should allow us better access to more racecourses across Scotland and the North, with Kelso only being 15 miles away. Our new base, in the picturesque Scottish borders, will allow for us to continue our varied programme of work for the horses, as well as allowing for plenty of turnout time to keep the horses both healthy in body and mind.
Jackie has been working with horses all her life. Following many years caring for thoroughbreds for other yards, Jackie took the decision to take out a full license in 2015. Since then Jackie has been successfully training racehorses initially from Aberdeenshire, and now from the Scottish Borders. She has achieved many early successes and is working hard to build on these wins, to build up a strong reputation as a trainer and of course achieve further successes.
She continues to ride out everyday and is very hands on, planning a programme for each individual horse for everyday of the week.
Patrick is the assistant trainer and main horse box driver. He is involved in race planning and “out of hours” feeding, among many other needs required in a busy yard. In his spare time, Patrick is a farmer, managing to fit in caring for cows, sheep and pigs around racing.
Daisy is a primary school teacher but takes a keen interest in the horses and helps out whenever she can. She likes to ride out, help with general yard duties and run all the social media accounts.
Lucy has returned from travelling in Australia and NZ. She is back working here full time. She had a fantastic time work riding on the track and at a stud and even managed to fit in some sight seeing!
Kristin rides out, keeps the yard in check and is very competent on a forklift! She has experience in common riding and pony racing. She has also completing a course through the Scottish Racing Academy to help her gain further knowledge in all aspects of racing.
Iona has lots of experience in racing having worked down south and in Ireland. She returns to us on a part time basis whilst completing further studies. She is an enthusiastic member of the team who enjoys going racing and taking part in the common riding.
Lucy has ridden out for us since sending her horse, Alone No More, to be trained here. She is an amateur jockey and had a good season last year with her horses. She has now completed University and has continued to ride out here on a part time basis.
Bekah joins us on a full time basis with experience in racing. She’s a great addition to our team and is learning the ropes quickly.
Toms joins us on Saturdays to help ride out. He’s still at school but is keen to ride in point to points and gain further experience. He’s also a keen rugby player.