Oliver and Josh have known each other for many years having ridden as amateurs on the racecourse and point to pointing. Both rode plenty of winners on the track before moving into the training side of the industry. Oliver learnt his trade at Michael Easterby’s and Sir Mark Prescott’s whilst Josh worked for Phillip Hobbs and Victor Dartnall before taking on the role of Assistant to Dan Skelton.
When Josh moved to Dan Skelton’s as his assistant for Dan’s first 3 years Oliver got to know him better and when there became an opportunity for someone to come to Stockton Hall as Assistant Trainer Josh felt it was the right move and started as Assistant once Oliver gained his trainers license. Since then the pair have become partners in the business Stockton Hall Farm LLP and now the joint trainers license is the final step. It is uncommon for a non-family pair to adopt the joint license however in doing so it enables the yard to achieve so much more. The yard specialises in syndicates and with 90% of our horses in joint ownership, looking after the owners and going racing with owners that takes Olivers full attention and so it is essential that Josh and the other staff fully focus on training the horses and finding the best opportunities for them instead of trying to do everything. By both having these very specific jobs the yard can work very smoothly and achieve high standards.
Oliver & Josh are fortunate to have an experienced hard working and enthusiastic team to support them:
Cai is in charge of the day to day running of the yard and his attention detail and fantastic people skills enable the yard to run like clock work and to a very high standard.
Prior to joining us, Cai has previously been with local trainers including Donald McCain and Gary Hamner. In addition to his responsibilities as Head Lad, Cai is a great asset in riding work and schooling.
Having been full-time at the yard for over 8 years, Dan is now working freelance and remains a key member of the team, doing all the weekly horse updates for owners as well as attending the races. He is key in sourcing and buying new horses for the yard, either privately or through the sales ring.
Racheal joined us in the back end of 2021 as travelling head girl and is a massive addition to the team here at Stockton Hall. She overseas all the racing, as well as going a lot herself. She helps organise the schedule of who goes racing, especially when we have multiple meetings. Over recent months she has established herself as a important and well respected member of the team.
Jay comes from Ireland and has a great understanding of horses and the countryside and will be a big asset to the yard as well as going racing and making sure owners have a good day.
Kerry joined our team in March 2018 after graduating from Northern Racing School, she has a good attitude towards work and rides well and has integrated into the team well. She has already taken on plenty of responsibility and will continue to go racing where she does a great job and turns out her horses extremely well.
Kerry is now Assistant Travelling Head Person.
Alice is our Racing Secretary. She runs all the syndicate and corresponds with all owners.
Lydia also has previous experience in racing having worked at Ed De Giles and Donald McCain and has slotted well into our daily routine and is good around the horses and has brought plenty to the team.
Lydia has had a summer at Tom Dascombes which would have been a great experience and has recently got her flat amateur licence and we look forward to getting her a ride on the track.
Steve is the head yard man here at Stockton Hall and has been for a while now and is a massive part of the team and has been for many years and has very few days off!
Toby started full time in 2019 at Stockton Hall after riding out on Weekends and school holidays for a couple of years. He had plenty of success pony racing when younger and has been riding in point to points and on the track as a amateur the last few seasons.
Leighann has been working for us since 2019 and is a great member of the team. She is very good with the horses and a really valuable person to have on the yard at all times. She’s very good at helping assist the vet when needed too and will hopefully soon be working afternoons too which will be a massive help.
Having worked in a flat yard previously, Emily is a good work rider and turns the horses out to a very high standard at the races and also when riding out at home.
George Cowley joined us in December 2021, having previously worked for Dan Skelton. George is a very capable rider who already has his amateur licence and has ridden in point to points. He does plenty of schooling here at Stockton Hall and hopefully we will be able to get him some rides.
Natty first joined us in 2019 and came with a wealth of experience and is a good person to have around the yard. She has plenty of experience eventing, as well as point to pointing so it’s great to have her riding out every day. She helps out going racing plenty and does the majority of the clipping in the winter months.
Having worked for many yards Cat is a great asset to the yard. She is a very talented rider and has great husbandry skills and all her experience riding comes in to great use as well as general experience around the yard.
Lucy has joined us from British Racing School but has been around horses all her life and has slotted into the team here at Stockton Hall very quickly and is a confident rider. She is going to have some rides in point to points this year on her own horse and that will be a great starting point for her future.
Andrew has a wealth of experience after working for years at Paul Nicholls and Dan Skelton and is a great person to have around the yard and very good at bringing the youngsters on and is very experienced rider.
Amy has been around horses for a long time and is good with the horses on foot and when riding them. Amy is a confident rider and another great member of the team.
Paddy has been coming in a few times a week for a few years now. He brings a boost to the team every morning he is in and, as well as riding his own horses he is involved in, he is a massive help to us all the time. He rides in charity races himself and has had some great results.