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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Jockeys
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
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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.

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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!

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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.

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Martin Edwards 
Martin who has years of experience having started out working in Findon for Captain Ryan Price and more recently as Assistant Trainer for Richard Rowe and David Ougton.  He brings a wealth of knowledge to the team.
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Lydia Burdis
Lydia is a great young girl who rides well , she came to us after studying level 3 Equine studies at Plumpton College.  She gets on well with everyone and is a great asset to the yard.
 
Heather Stevens
Heather rejoined our yard at the beginning of March, she used to work for Nick 8 years ago. She has since worked for Aiden O’Brien spending a few years in Ireland riding group one horses, backing yearlings and bringing on and riding away youngsters and spent a few years years in Australia riding track work. She has a wealth of experience behind her and is an amazing addition to the team.
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.
Charlotte Crumley
Charlotte has an eventing/showjumping background and rides for us and then Tina.  She is a great asset to the yard and a breath of fresh air as always smiling.
 
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.
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Mia Maloney
Mia joined us in 2017, she has completed an Equine Course at Plumpton College.  Eventually she wants to be a farrier, but has come to work for us for two seasons to gain more experience in a professional yard working with racehorses.  She is a great girl and lovely to have around.
Tabitha Worsley- Work Rider/Jockey
Tabitha is an excellent jockey and rides in P2P’s and under rules , she comes and rides out for us whenever she is free.  She is a natural and will sit on the youngsters, help break in and school etc.
Demi Muggeridge- Saturday Work Rider
Demi rides out 3-4 lots every Saturday and used to work full time in racing.  She is a great addition to the team .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jade Clarke- Part Time Rider/Stable lass

Jade used to work full time in racing also.  She now  comes and rides out and helps out on the yard during the season and when we need her.  she is a full time mum too.  She is always smiling and happy to have around.  She slots in to the team perfectly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Best- Part time Rider

Tom Best used to work in racing full time, then he got out of racing for a while.  Tom now just rides out 2-3 lots every morning .

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Freddie the Labradoodle.
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