Tarnya Sherwood

Tarnya Sherwood

Born in Worcestershire Tarnya started riding at a very young age and after watching National Velvet as a child only ever wanted to be a jockey and ride in the Grand National, something she achieved in 1989. Tarnya rode 48 winners over jumps and when competing in the National on Numerate, managed to jump 21 of the 30 fences before pulling up.

Tarnya married Oliver in 1993 and they have two children, Sabrina born in 1994 and Archie in 1997

Emma Chugg

Emma Chugg - Secretary

Emma hails from Norfolk orignally and has been involved with horses all her life. She has turned her hand to most equestrian disciplines including hunting, eventing, polo and point to pointing, where she rode and trained several winners. She moved down to the Valley of the Racehorse in 2000, after securing a job with Nicky Henderson as pupil assistant trainer. Emma first met her husband, Richard, when he moved in as a lodger in 2001. They married in 2003 and have two young girls, Daisy and Flora who are often seen round the village on their ponies Lady and Ralphie.  Emma started at Rhonehurst in 2003 and run's Oliver's life as well as riding out first lot, when she isn't on the school run. 

 

Stefan Namesansky

Stefan Namesansky - Head Lad

Born in Czechoslovakia Stefan started riding out racehorses (in what had become Slovakia) aged 10. After completing his education, qualifying as a chef followed by a mandatory twelve month stint in the army (National Service) he moved to Europe to pursue his passion for racing. Stef began in Switzerland then Germany and ended up in England in 2001. He spent three years with Mark Pitman at Weathercock House before moving to Rhonehurst in 2004.

Stefan is a thorough professional who is always the first into the yard each morning and the last to leave, he knows every detail about all the horses in his care and is a vital part of the team.

With a wicked sense of humour he is well known for practical jokes, and it's not always easy to tell if he's being serious or not.

Stefan is married to Jana, and they have two daughters, Viky and Anastazia. With two young girls and a hectic job he doesn't have much time for hobbies but does enjoy watching sport of any type.

Lisa Kozak

Lisa Kozak - Travelling Head Girl

Born in Chesterfield Lisa rode ponies from an early age. Eager to get into racing she worked for Paul Felgate, Chris Thornton and then Mark Johnston in the Middleham area. She moved south to take up an opportunity to be a travelling head girl, firstly for Jim Old then David Gandolfo ending up at Gerard Butler's where she remained for two years. Lisa and her husband Ollie, a former conditional at Rhonehurst, had their son Harvey in 2003 and it was after that that she joined the team here.

Lisa is very good at her job, the horses are turned out immaculately and she is friendly and cheerful. She makes her own brow bands in the owners colours and creates templates for all the quarter marks so they are unique to each horse/owner.

Always happy to help especially with the younger staff Lisa is a major part of the team.

andy llewellyn

Andrew Llewellyn - Assistant Trainer

Originally from Cardiff Andy had not sat on a horse before going to The British Racing School aged 16. After graduating from the racing school he joined Nicky Henderson and remained at Seven Barrows for two years before taking up a position with Clive Cox, initially as a lad and then as Clive's assistant trainer for 4 years. He spent six years with Clive and travelled extensively representing Clive in Dubai, Canada, France, Italy and Germany. Though he thoroughly enjoyed his time in a flat yard his first love has always been National Hunt racing and he joined the team here at Rhonehurst as an Assistant Trainer in July 2014.

Andy is a fun loving, friendly lad who is very good with the staff and owners alike. A useful addition to the team.

amy deans

Amy Deans - 2nd Head Girl

Born in Scotland, where her father Jimmy was head groundsman at Ayr racecourse, Amy moved south to go to The British Racing School when she was 16. Joining the team here in 2011 she has now successfully completed her level 3 in horse care.

The youngest of four children Amy still has a lot of family around Ayr and would love it if I was to have more runners there.

She loves her horses, and with an ever smiling face is a real asset to the yard. Amy looks after The Organist, Toberdowney and Global Power.

Leighton Aspell

Leighton Aspell - Stable Jockey

Born in County Kildare, an area steeped in horse racing, Leighton has ridden all his life. Starting with ponies and progressing to yearlings as a young lad whilst still at school. He moved across the water to work for Reg Hollinshead in 1993, riding ten winners from approximately 100 rides as an apprentice.

When it was obvious he was not going to maintain his weight to ride on the flat Leighton moved to Findon to become a Conditional Jockey to Josh Gifford and it was there that he rode out his claim and began his successful career as a jump jockey.

His association with Rhonehurst began in 2004 when he rode his first winner for me on Claymore at Wetherby.

An old fashioned type of jockey, he is a real horseman that rides with a bit of leg and plenty of rein. An exceptional schooling jockey at home he is very good at teaching the young horses and helping the young lads.

Leighton is married to Nicola and they have three young daughters Lucy, Niamh and Kitty who are all keen riders.

Leighton is an enormous asset to the team here.

Tom Garner

Tom Garner - 2nd Stable Jockey

Born in Cheshire Tom has ridden all his life, he began riding out for trainers Richard Ford, Richard Bevis and Donald McCain whilst still at school. He arrived in Lambourn in 2006 to join Charlie Morlock, later joining Alan King as an amateur and remained there for 2 years where he gained valuable experience. He turned conditional on moving to Warren Greatrex in 2011 and came to Rhonehurst in 2012 on Warrens recommendation.

Tom is a good schooling and work jockey and makes the most of his opportunities if Leighton is unavailable, always smiling he is very much a team player.

Harrison Beswick - Conditional Jockey

Harry has been riding all his life. He was born in Gloucestershire from where his mother produced and he rode lots of top class show ponies, this was combined with eventing and hunting not turning his hand to racing until he was 17. Curiosity caused him pursue a career as a jockey, beginning as an amateur with Fergal O'Brien before a brief move to Ben Pauling and then joining us here in November 2015.

Harry is a very pleasant lad who rides well, quietly but with confidence, he has ridden one winner and been placed several times from only a handful of rides. Being naturally light, he is able to do 9 stone 7lbs, he should get plenty of opportunities.

Harry looks after Querry Horse, Carry On Sydney, Ourville's Million and The Fresh Prince. 

Chris Jerdin

Chris Jerdin - Yardman

Born in Stockport Chris, known better as C.J. had only ridden a Blackpool donkey before moving to Lambourn to work for Dougie Marks in 1969. He spent 7 years there honing his craft. His move to Fulke Walwyn in 1977 saw him looking after a stayers hurdle winner in Rose Ravine. He worked there until Fulke died in 1991. He then moved to Rhonehurst and looked after Large Action amongst many other winners. He was always a very good judge of a horse as a rider, but at 61 has now retired from the saddle. One of the highlights of his life was Many Clouds winning the Hennessy, a horse he chose as a 4 yo when he first arrived here and always maintained would be a good horse.

Chris looks after Many Clouds, Morning Reggie, Mackenzie's Friend, Milgen Bay, Safe Harbour and the Sulamani Gelding.

Peter Macek

Peter Macek - Yardman

Born in Slovakia Peter came to Rhonehurst after leaving school in 2005. His brother in law Ondrej was working here at the time, and he took up the role of a yard man. A keen supporter of Arsenal Peter is always bright and cheerful and loves going racing.

Peter looks after Puffin Billy, Rouge Et Blanc, Piton Pete, Financial Climate, Surtee Du Berlais and Weststreet.

Marcel Danihel - Yardman

Born in Slovakia Marcel has always ridden, he had a few rides as an amateur but began to struggle with his weight. He worked for Slovakian champion flat trainer Sam Sokol for 12 years. Marcel moved to Lambourn and started working at Rhonehurst in 2004.

Marcel and his partner Monika have a daughter, Liliana who was born in 2006. Marcel looks after Rayvin Black, Toviere, Euxton Lane, Valdas Princess, Kayf Tara Gelding and Linkenholt.

Gracie O'Reilly

Gracie was originally from the New Forest where she has ridden all her life. It was her step fathers passion for horse racing that then instilled the same enthusiasm in Gracie after many racecourse visits as a young girl. Gracie attended Sparsholt College where she completed a two year course in level three horse management, it was during that course that she arrived at Rhonehurst for a two week work experience and decided that this was where she wanted to be after qualifying. Gracie is a lively fun girl who is eager to learn.

Gracie is in charge of Minella On Line, Duke Arcadio, Come On Laurie and Beyond Measure.

Kirsten Smith

Kirsten had a nomadic childhood, as a result of being the daughter of an RAF pilot, but did spend a lot of time at RAF Brize Norton. Her mother rode out for local trainer Martin Bosley and Kirsten, after a childhood of riding ponies, also began riding out there at weekends when she was still at school.

On leaving school Kirsten took up a permanent role with Martin and worked there for six years during which time she had many rides on the flat as an apprentice both for Martin and latterly Jamie Osborne.

A serious shoulder injury which resulted in eight months on the sidelines followed by another injury to the shoulder a short while after returning to the saddle meant a change of direction was forced upon her.

Kirsten originally came here as a yard person and then when she returned to full fitness she began riding out again. She is combining a four year degree in Equine Science and Thoroughbredmanagement with working here at Rhonehurst four days a week.

Kirsten is a likeable girl who rides well and loves her horses. She looks after Serpico, Conformist, Amberjam and Jersey Bean.

 

Charlotte Reid

Charlotte is a Lambourn girl and daughter of local farrier Noel Reid. Charlotte has ridden all her life and previously enjoyed plenty of success showing Welsh Cobs, reaching HOYS on many occasions. Since leaving school Charlotte has ridden out for Rodney Farrant, Carl Llewellyn, Paul Cole and more recently Willie Muir. Charlotte is an extremely competent rider who has had rides on the flat, so is a useful addition to the team.

Janine Hamilton

Janine grew up in Epsom and unusually didn't sit on a horse until she was thirty, the horse in question was a very naughty ex racehorse that gave her the bug to go into racing. She joined Josh Gifford where she remained for five years before taking up a role as traveling head girl, firstly for Carl Burke and then for Mark Johnston.Janine moved down to Lambourn and began riding out here in August 2016. She has a wealth of experience and is a useful addition to the team.

 
Nathan Horrocks

Nathan Horrocks

Born in Yorkshire Nathan was raised in Kenya where his father Alan was a top flat jockey riding over 500 winners. At 16 and having never ridden, he went to work for Chris Thornton in Middleham for 2 years. A  move to Micky Hammond saw him enjoy a successful career as a jump jockey riding 60 winners. Nathan remained with Micky for 6 years. After retiring from the saddle in 2000 he became a work rider at Mark Johnstons powerful yard and rode horses such as Attraction, Shamardal and Double Trigger. He started riding out here at Rhonehurst shortly after and became Many Clouds regular rider.

Nathan is the visual director at Equine Productions www.equine-productions.com a company he co founded in 2012.

Always enthusiastic and cheerful Nathan is a pleasure to have on the team.

James Luck

James Luck

James grew up surrounded by horses, his late father Guy was a very accomplished amateur jockey and mother Maggie is a successful thoroughbred breeder.

An enthusiastic amateur jockey he rode in over 100 point to points even riding at the Cheltenham festival before hanging up his boots to concentrate on his young family and successful business Luck Greayer Bloodstock Shipping Ltd.

A frustrated trainer James always manages to make everyone laugh even on a wet winter morning.

 
Laura Collett

Laura Collett

Laura needs no introduction, she is a very talented event rider who rides out regularly here at Rhonehurst. A useful addition on schooling days she is also great when riding out the young horses and can teach them how to use themselves properly.

Laura is a lovely girl and an asset to the team. www.lauracollett.com

Josh Apiafi

Josh Apiafi

Josh Apiafi was an amateur jockey back in the nineties for Martin Pipe. Since then he has turned his attention to the business side of the racing industry. He was part of the founding management team at Betfair and then went on to be the CEO of the Professional Jockeys Association. In 2011 he launched the racing industries award winning loyalty programme with the Jockey Club Rewards4Racing.com

Josh lives in Lambourn with his wife Abby and their two children Finn and Isla who are Team Sherwood's biggest supporters!

Michelle Hayward

Michelle Hayward - Equine Physiotherapist 

Michelle is the person that keeps our equine athletes supple. Qualifying initially by treating humans Michelle then completed an extensive course with the world renowned Mary Bromley MBE and now looks after precious beasts for several yards including us.

Michelle was born in Zambia and moved to England shortly after her second birthday brought up in the shadows of Cheltenham racecourse her love of racing was ignited by her mother Pam Deal who has been involved with lots of top class racehorses including Make A Stand, Blowing Wind and our very own much missed Eric's Charm.

Michelle has ridden all her life and up until the birth of her daughter Ella in 2012 had ridden out for ten years at Jamie Osborne's. With a young daughter and a busy career Michelle's time is limited and she rides out here whenever she can. She has a genuine love and respect for the animals she treats, and Michelle is a huge part of the team here.

Farriers - Shaun Stewart, Ben Wishart and Fred Fox

Essential and much valued members of the back room team here at Rhonehurst are the farriers. Recently retired Fred Fox has been with me since I began training in 1984, and now comes in once a week to keep an eye on his former apprentices. Fred has been able to share his wealth of knowledge with the younger lads as there is so much more to being a farrier than just putting on a set of shoes. Some horses have to have pads under their shoes, some need wedges, plus the usual bruised soles during wet weather (because their feet get softer), there are plenty of problems to deal with.

Ben is in the yard first thing every morning and it is now his job to oversee which horses need what.....and to put go faster plates on the runners!!

Paul Ferguson - Vet

Born in Northern Ireland, Paul qualified as a vet at Glasgow University. He spent four years practicing in Newmarket before heading to Australia for seven years. Paul began working at The Valley Equine Hospital in Lambourn in 1994 and has been the main vet here ever since. He married Jackie, who is Alan King's secretary, in 1995 and they have two teenage children Sam and Katie.
Paul is a vital part of the team here, he understands racehorses and has a great working relationship with Oliver.