Team Profiles

ASSISTANT TRAINERS – Jamie Insole and Nicola Dowell

Jamie and Nicola bring a wealth of experience to yard. They are both accomplished riders, with Nicola also being in charge of breaking in the yearlings. Jamie is a familiar face to many on the racecourse as he regularly represents the yard.

Steph has worked for the Hills family for over ten years. She is unflappable and a huge help to Charlie when co-ordinating day to day proceedings. Muhaarar’s wins have been a major highlight for Steph. Outside the office she has two ex-racehorses, which keep her very busy.

Accounts & Admin

Debbie Rees-Jones – Racing Secretary
Debbie is one of the originals, having worked for the Hills family for twenty two years. Following the birth of her son Ben in 2009, Debbie now works part-time in the office. There have been many highlights over the years, but the one that Debbie says really stands out was when Haafhd won the 2,000 Guineas. His lad Snowy Outen (who is sadly no longer with us) felt unwell and wasn’t going to go, however after much persuasion he went and the rest as they say is history.

Myra Baker – Book Keeper
Myra has been the Book Keeper at Faringdon Place Stables for 16 years. Known as ‘cash in the attic’, she works upstairs alongside accountant James.

Travelling Head Lads

Geoff Snook – Travelling Head Lad

Geoff was originally an apprentice to Barry and has worked for the family for nearly fifty years. He looked after Rheingold and his all-time favourite horse to travel was Further Flight. He is a very familiar face on racecourses worldwide and has to be one of the best travelling head lads about.

John Burrows – Travelling Head Lad
John has worked for Barry and latterly Charlie for thirty years. Until recently John’s highlight during this time, was travelling Red Clubs when he won the Haydock Sprint Cup (John’s favourite track) – although that may have changed having travelled Muhaarar to win at Ascot.

Mark Lashly – Travelling Head Lad
Mark is also a veteran of the Hills yard, having been here for over 20 years. He has travelled horses around Europe for us, and had his first trip to the Middle East last autumn when his beloved Afaak ran in Bahrain.

Mark Whitehouse – Travelling Head Lad
Mark is now in his third season with us, having joined from our next door neighbour William Muir. Mark has a wealth of experience behind him, and was also a regular partner at home of Phoenix Of Spain.