|Senior Assistant Trainer - Robin O’Ryan|
Robin joined us as Assistant Trainer in December 2005 and we have never looked back. To say he is an invaluable member of the team would be an understatement!
Rob takes over the reins in Richards’s absence and is a familiar face at both the races and the bloodstock sales.
|Assistant Trainer - Jess McLernon|
Jess joined the team in May 2011 and in a very short time became Monty’s assistant, helping administer medications and make up special feeds.
In March 2013 Jess was promoted to Pupil Assistant and, with a good working relationship already in place with assistant Robin, is currently thriving in this challenging position.
She has relinquished her amateur-riders license due to the demands of her new role but enjoyed riding in Point-to-Point’s in her native Ireland before joining Musley Bank. She also has the experience of a couple of rides on the flat here in England.
Jess grew up around horses with both parents riding as amateurs. Her brother is Richie McLernon, second jockey to Jonjo O’Neill. Her uncle is twice Irish Champion Jump jockey Tommy Carmody!
|Barn Manager - John Carr|
John joined the team in August 2011 bringing with him a wealth of experience and his calm and unflappable manner is a huge asset. John rides out in the summer and plays a major role in breaking the yearlings in the winter months putting in a lot of the ground work with the youngsters. He also understands the importance of conformation shots and has the patience and knowledge required to encourage a horse to stand correctly for these sometimes difficult photos.
|Travelling Team - Jarek Stadnik|
A native of Poland, Jarek joined the team in 2007 initially as a yardman and in March 2012 sat the exams required, both practical and theory, in order to obtain his HGV license.
Hugely knowledgeable and highly skilled in his role as senior travelling head lad, and one hundred percent reliable, Jarek is worth his weight in gold.
He puts all his time into organizing the runners, horse boxes, drivers, tack, special bridles, blinkers, visors and Monty Robert blankets, all equipment required by individual horses. For example if a horse is declared to run in blinkers, then it must be wearing blinkers or it will not be allowed to run.
His role also includes working closely with Katie in the office ensuring the correct colours are registered in addition to keeping up-to-date with sponsorship.
|Travelling Team - Pete Fahey|
Pete started working at Musley Bank in October 2011 before heading off to Jonjo O’Neill’s in a bid to expand his knowledge and experience. Taking time out to travel, stints working for trainers Ross and Clint Price in Western Australia preceded time spent with Kevin Thomas at Washpool Lodge, one of the leading Breaking and Pre-training establishments in the country, before Pete rejoined the team here at Musley Bank.
In March 2014 he secured his HGV license and is now a valuable member of our travelling team. A familiar face at the races, he liaises well with owners and is currently learning all aspects of the job.
One of the highlights of the 2014 season for Pete was partnering ET into second place in the Macmillan Charity Race at York in June. Not only was he fulfilling an ambition to ride on the Knavesmire but he raised thousands for a truly worthwhile cause.
|Travelling Team - Fionn McSharry|
Fi has been a regular at point to points over the past few years, with three horses. She rides out and has travelled the world with the Whittaker showjumpers.
She had her own horse transport company and did a lot of driving for us, especially last season – including taking Donjuan Triumphant to France when he won a Group 2.
When the opportunity came up for a full time position at Musley Bank Fi decided to join the team. She’s already been over to Ireland this season and no doubt she will be a regular at racecourses up and down the country.
|Racing Secretary - Katie Cooper|
Katie joined the team in May 2012. Friendly and outgoing, calm and rarely flustered, she has the perfect temperament for a busy racing office and, taking no time at all to settle in, entries and declarations, wages, staff management and corresponding with owners are all now part of Katie’s daily routine.
A competent rider, she has held an amateur license for a number of years with victory in the prestigious Queen Mother's Cup at York in 2009 a notable success. She is also experienced in the Point-to-Point field.
On November 7th, 2014, Katie graduated from Warwickshire College following her successful completion of the Foundation Degree in the Horseracing Industry programme.
|Accounts Secretary - Caroline Bartram|
Caroline joined the team as accounts secretary on December 1st, 2014.
Born and raised just down the road in York, Caroline, has experience in varying fields within the racing industry including secretarial and accounting skills, exercising racehorses and looking after Point-to-Pointers in addition to time spent in the USA as a sales co-ordinator for one of the leading consigners at the North American Bloodstock sales. She also has an insight into Law having previously worked for a Law Firm!
|Vet - Brian Abbott|
Brian made the move to Yorkshire in March 2014 in order to spearhead Baker McVeigh’s first practice based in Yorkshire; Baker, McVeigh & Abbott Ltd.
Previously with their Newmarket practice, Brian was stable vet for several clients including Shadwell Stud`s rehabilitation wing at Thetford.
He is extremely knowledgeable with a huge amount of experience, worldwide. Following five years spent between two Equine Hospitals in England, Brian completed two breeding seasons in Ireland which were split by a similar season in Australia, before moving to South Africa. He returned to England in 2009. He also has a specialist degree in Equine practice which gives him an academic edge.
Brian oversees all our veterinary work and is in the yard daily.
|Farrier - Mike Clarke DipWCF|
Mike joined the team in February 2011 and with an in-depth knowledge & understanding of the equine anatomy and physiology and a calm and unflappable demeanour has taken on the role as head farrier, along with the responsibility that goes with it, all in his stride.
With a five year apprenticeship completed in York while attending the Myerscough College of Farriery Science near Preston under the watchful eye of senior farriers and master craftsmen Mark Caldwell (FWCF) and Wayne Preece (FWCF) Mike qualified with flying colours.
In 2008 he formed ‘Hammer and Tong’, a business he continues to run successfully in addition to his commitment to Musley Bank. The yard has done nothing but benefit from his skilled professionalism.
Mike says: “I really enjoy working with the race-horses here at Musley Bank. No two days are the same and every day throws a new challenge your way. It’s a great team to be part of.”
|Farrier - Ben Green DipWCF|
Ben joined the team in 2009. He works here at Musley Bank three days a week, year round; has a great temperament, heaps of patience, is reliable and conscientious.
Ben completed his apprenticeship at Warwick University guided by Steve Hewitt (AWCF) of Thick Penny Forge Farriers at Moor Monkton near York with much of his apprenticeship served around racehorses.
During four years of extensive training followed by a year working for NZ Farriers in New Zealand, Ben has developed a comprehensive knowledge & aptitude of the equine anatomy, physiology and common foot ailments.
|Apprentice Farrier - Mark Thompson|
Mark has just officially started his full apprenticeship (Jan 2014) which runs for five years.
He has spent the past year assisting Mike here at Musley Bank, learning and watching, holding horses and passing tools.