|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.