The Team

Nick Gifford- Trainer

Grade 1 winning Racehorse Trainer. Nick started training in 2003, taking over from his father Josh.  He trained Point to Pointers for a few years before taking over Downs Stables.  He is pictured here with Straw Bear who won the Top Novice at Aintree, The Fighting Fifth and The Christmas Hurdle all ridden by A.P.McCoy.

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We have a number of jockeys we use including Tom Cannon,  Leighton Aspell, Mitchell Bastyan and Tabitha Worsley.  Nick always tries to match the jockey to the horse and use the best available.
Tina Ford 
Racing Secretary
Ruth Gifford
Nicks wife ” Ruth” supports Nick at home and at the races.  Ruth manages the website, social media, Facebook pages and rehomes  the Ex-racehorses.  She is also the Racing Manager for The Nick Gifford Racing Club and runs all the syndicates.   Ruth also looks after the staff and recruitment .  Nick and Ruth have two Gifford Juniors  “George ” and Amelia and Ruth has a full time job as a PA working from home for a chat show host.


Tina Cook
Nick’s sister Tina (Olympic Silver and Bronze Medalist Event Rider)is a big support on the racing yard, riding out and helping school horses that need extra help to improve their way of going.  Tina has two children to look after as well as her team of eventers so is always on the go!


Head Lad- Andrew Veale

Head Lad ‘Andrew Veale’ has been working in racing for over 20 years and is an amazing horseman.  He has been with us for many years and prior to that worked at Di Grissell’s as Head lad for 7 years and also David  Gandolphos.  He breaks in all our youngsters. Andrew was a finalist at the prestigious “McCoy’s” in 2017 for Stable Person of the year.

2nd at Folkestone
Chloe Whitelam
Chloe joined the team this year coming straight from Equine College, she is a great young girl who rides well,  She gets on well with everyone and is very proactive and keen to learn.
Daniel – Yard Man
Dan is from Ireland and used to work in racing.  He spent many years in London, before coming back to racing to join us as yard man.
Vova Stepanyuk – Gallops Maintenance Man/Work Rider
is from the Ukraine. He’s been with us since June 2008 and was with James Bethell for 2 1/2 years and Richard Whitaker for 5 months, prior to that. He is a valued member of the team and quite a cheeky character!!!  He can turn his hand to anything.

Izzy Mills


Izzy Mills has joined us this season started just riding out.  Izzy has her own yard to run but comes with a wealth of experience and is great to have around.  We have now taken Izzy on in a permanent capacity as “Yard Manager” to manage the team and be yard based.









Evie – Part Time Stable lass

Evie helps out on the yard during the weekends and holidays.

George Sturgis- Part time Rider

George has an eventing background and is a very nice rider. George has his own horses so just rides out for us in the mornings and we love having him as part of the team.

Gerry Enright

Needs no introduction, ex jockey for Josh Gifford and trainer.  Now retired to Findon, Gerry rides out two lots every morning and is a real asset to the yard and pretty much part of the family.

Arthur Berry

Arthur is a true horseman and has been with us a number of years.  He rides all the young horses, and is a great asset to the yard.





Freddie the Labradoodle.