Testimonials


“A keen knowledgeable young man with excellent facilities who deserves a chance. John will bring the best out of your horse at whatever level.”

A. Dickman (former jockey and racehorse trainer)


“We came into racehorse ownership with John for the first time in 2016. We were pleased to find John and his team to be very helpful and knowledgeable in the process of buying and registering our racehorses McVicar and Lady Kitty. We have been going to the yard regularly and have already built up a good relationship with John and everyone who works there. We’re really pleased to have chosen John as our racehorse trainer and look forward to having many great days out at the races with our racehorses!”

Eric Gates and Dorothy Nicholson


“John is a true horseman. He has been around horses all his life and has regularly hunted, ridden in point to points and under rules as an amateur. He has a great pair of hands and always shows an infinite amount of patience with young, unruly or positively naughty horses! We have known John for over 20 years as a friend, work colleague and jockey for our pointers and he always acts most professionally and has a great sense of humour to boot! The horses in his care are all treated as individuals and are given exceptional attention to detail in a yard that has a very happy, relaxed atmosphere. All his horses are given time to reach their full potential. If you are looking to put a horse in training – either on the flat or over the jumps – you need to look no further than John and I am sure you will have a lot of fun and be fully involved.”

Ricky and Debbie Mills (stud managers)


“I have known John for nearly 20 years now and one of his major attributes is his attention to detail. He has learned from some of the top trainers in the country through the years and with this, he has the ambition and foresight to use the age old training methods combined with modern technology. John is definitely one of the young up and coming trainers to be associated with.”

Michael Naughton (Product Manager-EquinITy Intelligent Training)


“This is my first experience as an owner. John is very welcoming and always gives me a lot of time to explain everything I needed to know. I followed his horses in 2014 and was impressed at the number of winners he had with so few horses in training. I am very impressed with how happy and well his horses look. His attention to detail seems second to none and I am welcome to the yard anytime which makes me feel very comfortable when visiting. I’d recommend anyone to come and see him to compare his training fees.”

Alfred Gitsham (owner)


“John has been in racing all of his working life. He knows how racehorses tick and how to get the best out of them because he is a natural horseman.  John has an ability with racehorses that isn’t taught or learned but rather comes naturally and has been (and continues to be) developed with time and experience. John has the advantage of knowing how his horses are, because as well as training them he rides them too. This gives him a connection with the horses and an awareness of how they are going during training. John continues to produce more winners and placed horses each year from relatively few racehorses in training. I continue to be impressed by his unrelenting commitment, dedication and enthusiasm for racing.”

C. Davies (owner)


“We came to John in early 2014 but unfortunately the horse we had didn’t have much ability so John sold us a better horse and we were delighted when he won for us at the end of the summer! We couldn’t have been happier with how welcoming he was and I’d recommend anyone to have a horse with him. We’re all looking forward to going racing in the following seasons!”

Pipeline Precision Engineering Limited (owners)