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, Liam Treadwell and Leighton Aspell.  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 rides out one when time allows, supports Nick at home and at the races.  Ruth manages the website and is the Racing Manager for The Nick Gifford Racing Club.  She also looks after the two Gifford Juniors and has a full time job as a PA working from home.

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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” this year for Stable Person of the year.

2nd at Folkestone
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.
 April Tilford
April has joined us for this season and has moved down from Nottingham.  April has been involved with horses all her life and completed training at the Northern British Racing School.  This is her first time in a full time racing job and she is settling in well and finding her feet.
 Lenka Senkyrova
Lenka joined us in 2016 after working for Phillip Hide who is also in Findon.  Lenka is a great addition to the team who rides well, loves her horses and gets on with everyone on the yard.
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
Mia has just joined us, she has completed an Equine Course at Plumpton College.  Eventually she wants to be a farrier, but has come to work for us for 12 mths to gain more experience in a professional yard working with racehorses.
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 Rider
Demi used to work in racing full time and now just comes in on a Saturday to ride out.  She is a great rider and big help to us to have someone to help at weekends.

Freddie

Freddie the Labradoodle.
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