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.
Rob - Richard Fahey
Racing Secretary - Katie Nolan

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.
Katie - Richard Fahey
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.”
Mike - Richard Fahey
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.
Ben - Richard Fahey