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 - 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. 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 - 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.
Amy Deans - Travelling Head Girl
Born in March 1995 in Ayr Scotland. Amy came to Lambourn when she was 16 as her father became gallops man for Kingsdown Stables.
Amy left racing school in 2011 and came straight here before then taking a season out to do the second travelling head girl job with Warren Greatrex. She has now returned to us as our travelling head girl.
Amy is a bright bubbly character and its great to have her back on board.
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.
Tom Britten - Pupil Assistant
Tom was born and bred into a horsey family in Worcestershire. He started riding at a very early age and competed in Pony Club. At the age of 9 he started Pony Racing and rode in his first point to point at 17. Tom went to Hartpury College on a 3 year Agricultural Course but returned to racing to work for Nicky Henderson for 2 years. Tom joined us in July 2020, he has a wealth of knowledge and a great work ethic. We are lucky to have him as part of the team.
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.
This summer (2019) Tom was granted his visa for America and has been over in the states ridng many winners including a Grade 1 winner for Johnathan Shepard. He also finshed second in the Pardubice in Czech Republic in October 2019. He is very much the international jockey.
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 - Amateur 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.
Kai Lenihan - Amateur Jockey
Originally from Catford south east London. He moved to suffolk at 6 and began riding. Always had an interest in racing and after GCSEs went for work experience at Joseph O’Brien’s he then went to British racing school September 2016 and then joined warren greatrex before moving to Charlie hills where he took out an amateur licence and had 2 rides. He then moved to merano in northern Italy to join Paolo favero as amateur jockey to ride over jumps, where he had 1 winner in a cross country race in Milan from 14 rides, after 5 months in Italy returned to England and joined the team. Kai has a lot of experience considering he is only 18. Hopefully we can give him few rides this season.
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.
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.
Flora Alessandroni was born in Rome, Italy. She has been hunting regularly with the Coakham Bloodhounds since she was 7, and she has also Show jumped up to Newcomers. She used to compete in Modern Pentathlon to an international level. She previously worked for Anna Newton-Smith in East Sussex since 2015. Flora is good to have around the yard and does her horses well.
Jan was born in Czech Republic in April 1966. Jan started at Alan Kings in 2007 and stayed with him for six seasons before moving with Alan's former assistant Noel Williams. Jan then stayed with Noel for three seasons before joining us in the summer of 2017. Jan is a very good worker, punctual and reliable and he's a great character to have in the yard.
Lenka was born in Czech Republic in 1994, Lenka started riding ponies at the age of 11 years old and when she left school worked for a trainer in Czech. Lenka came to England in December 2014 where she started working for Mick Channon. Lenka has only just joined us (October 2019). Lenka is a nice quiet rider who does her horses well she seems to be fitting in quite well with the team.
Beth was born in 1999 in Oxford. She started riding at 10 years old and took up a placement at the British Racing School when she was 16. Beth's first job in racing was for Harry Whittington for two seasons before joining us in Feb'19. Beth is a huge character and always keeps everyone entertained. She is the Clown of the Class!
Mila was born in Czech Republic in 1990. Mila started riding out at 14 years old doing showjumping and other pony club activities. Mila started working for a racehorse trainer in Czech at the age of 18, she then came to the UK and worked for Alaistar Charlton for a season before then returning back to Czech. Mila then came to join us for 18/19 season, Mila is a hard worker and a good rider who adores her horses.
Megan was born in Llantwit Major in 1999. Meg left school and went to Pencoed College for 2 years studying Equine Managment before then going to work for Tim Vaughan where she worked for 2 seasons. Meg the joined Brendan Powell for a season before he retired, she then joined us in June (2019) Meg is a bright bubbly character who gets on well with everyone.
Cameron was born in 2003 in Lambourn, orginating from a horsey family. Cameron started riding ponies at the age of 12 before riding out for Brendan Powell at 14. Cameron joined us full time in 2020, he is working towards a conditional jockey licence and dreams one day of becoming a professional. Cameron is an enthusiastic young lad who lives and breaths racing.
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.
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 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.
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 - 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 - 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!!