Ben PaulingThe Team

Grace Logan - Secretary

Grace Logan - Secretary

Gracie arrived at the beginning of April. Having worked at William and Pippa Funnells’ and previously to that Hickstead Show Ground. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. Her role in the office has already extended beyond and onto the yard. Her calm attitude, fantastic sense of humour and ability to excel in any situation has already proved to be invaluable.

Gill Tate - Head Lass

Gill Tate - Head Lass

We are thrilled to welcome Gill here as Head Lass. Previously she had been running a pre training and breaking yard with her partner Vince, previously to that she worked in Racing for many years. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the yard and we are very lucky to have her on board. She has already in a short period of time made such an influence and we look forward to what is to come.

Tom David - Assistant Trainer

Tom David - Assistant Trainer

We are delighted that Tom has now taken on the role as Assistant Trainer to Ben. Having been Head Lad for the last two years his input has been invaluable, he is a key part of this team and we look forward to the season ahead, with his fantastic knowledge of Racing he will have a key role in race plans as well as many other aspects. A man who knows how to have a good time so we are confident our owners will be having a fantastic day when Tom is there racing!

Nick Whiteman - Travelling Head Lad

Nick Whiteman - Travelling Head Lad

Nick joined Ben in his second season he has from day one been a team player and significant member of the team and we are delighted that he has now taken on the role of Traveling Head Lad. His ability to deal with situations in a composed manner and his hands on approach to anything makes him the ideal person for the role.

Dougie Gittins - Media Manager

Dougie Gittins - Media Manager

Dougie is now in his second year here and I know our owners love his videos. He has now set up on his own trading as Thoroughvision and is in half the week so you can still enjoy being on the gallops form where ever you are in the world!

Nigel Hiskett - Feed man

Nigel Hiskett - Feed man

Nigel has a lifetime of experience in racing, there isn’t much he hasn’t seen or had to deal with. He started off in Newmarket at the age of 17. He moved to Stow on the Wold to work for the master David Nicholson in 1979. He Spent 12 years there and left in 1991.  During this period he rode professionally and even had winners for the Duke himself. He then left racing and became a postman for 15 years but came back to the sport and joined John Gallagher as his head lad, followed by some time working for Martin Keighley, Mark Rimell and Shaun Lycett. You can set your watch by him and he has the feeding down to a T.

Hannah Worgan - Racing Groom

Hannah Worgan - Racing Groom

Hannah joined us having worked for Paul Nichols and Jonjo O' Neil. She arrived with a wealth of experience and her standards are incredibly high. Her horses are always turned out to perfection and there is nothing on the yard that she won't ride. We are very lucky to have her and she is a huge part of our team.

Jake Launchbury - Racing Groom

Jake Launchbury - Racing Groom

Jake joined us having previously worked for Mark Wall and David Bridegwater. Jake has ridden in plenty of point to points, including a few Hunter Chases. He is an excellent rider who we are very happy to have as part of our team.

Joe Golding - Yard Man

Joe Golding - Yard Man

 

Joe moved to us recently from Marco Botti’s. Since he joined us his work ethic and graft has been fantastic. He has many racing links from before coming here and has loved the sport for a long time. He is always looking for extra work to do and improvements to be made on the yard. He is a great addition to the team.

 

Becky Buckley & Flo Wright - Racing Grooms

Becky Buckley & Flo Wright - Racing Grooms

 

Becky and Flo joined us to straight from the Northern Racing College. They lived together at College and came as a pair to the yard. Their enthusiasm for racing is seen everyday and their willingness to learn is fantastic.

 

Amber Cartlidge - Racing Groom

Amber Cartlidge - Racing Groom

Amber is at theCirencester Agricultural University, but still comes to ride out and give a hand when needed. She used to be full time in the yard and therefore knows the place very well. She is a great help always good fun to have around.

Danny Wright - Racing Groom

Danny Wright - Racing Groom

Danny has come back into racing after a short spell in the landscape gardening business. He is not a new face to the racing game though, having worked for Nigel Twiston Davies and Shelia Crow to name a few. He is a talented rider who takes great pride in his horses and how they are. It is great to have him here and you cannot replace experience. It is always a huge help to have members of staff that can ride anything needed.

Aaron Rid  - Racing Groom

Aaron Rid - Racing Groom

Aaron and his girlfriend Fran recently joined us from Nicky Hendersons. He has been with Nicky for the past 5 years and was very much seen as a trusted and valued member of the team. He has been lucky enough to look after some fantastic horses and he traveled as far as America with horses to run in the last few years. He is a very able pilot indeed and will be a huge asset to the team. He will aim to ride in Point to Points this season and if the opportunity arises I would like to help him gain a few rides under rules.

Fran Mathews - Racing Groom

Fran Mathews - Racing Groom

Fran arrives alongside Aaron and has already fitted into the yard brilliantly. She had previously been with Nicky Henderson for 2 years and is quite clearly a very able lass to have working with us. She adores her horses that she looks after and rides. She is defiantly someone who brings plenty of experience to the yard.

Sophie King - Racing Groom

Sophie King - Racing Groom

Sophie has been in racing a little while and worked for Philip Hobbs, Alan King and most recently Richard Hobson. Sophie thinks about every aspect of her horses and what they are best suited by, which is a lovely quality to have. She rides very nicely but doesn’t love the badly behaved ones that much!! She has traveled horses all over Europe and will be a huge help once we start racing later in the Autumn.

Isaac Morris - Yardman

Isaac Morris - Yardman

Isaac came to us this season having never worked with horses before. He has been traveling around the world for the last three years from Australia to America and everywhere in between. He has always dreamt of working in racing and he jumped at the opportunity to be on the yard here and learn about the training process. He loves the horses and is a great asset to the ground team.

Katherine Robinson - Work Rider

Katherine Robinson - Work Rider

Katherine is a top class eventer who has her own yard not far from us. We are very lucky that she comes in most mornings to ride two lots. She is a beautiful rider whos knowledge and experience is invaluable.

Annabelle Orenz - Work Rider

Annabelle Orenz - Work Rider

Annabelle has ridden out for many different trainers, including Jonjo O’Neil. She began riding out for us at the beginning of the 2016/17 season and her skills in the saddle with all different manners of horses have no end. She is a fantastic judge of how they are going and if she says they will win they usually do!

 

Lisa Berry - Work Rider

Lisa Berry - Work Rider

Lisa has joined us as a rider-outer and has brought with her a wealth of knowledge. Previously she has worked for Jonjo O'Neill, Nigel Twiston-Davies and Fergal O'Brien. She then had a few years off due to having a baby. Lisa is very much back in the saddle now and is a fantastic addition to our lot's in the morning.

Sophie Pauling

Sophie Pauling

Soph has been a huge support to Ben and is very much a part of the team. She nearly always accompanies Ben racing and gets on very well with everyone and particularly enjoys entertaining the owners. She is originally from the Scottish borders and her family is steeped in hunting and racing history. Sophie still tries to hunt at least one day a week with the Heythrop and keeps her hunter at the yard!

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