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Meet the Team

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Nick Gifford- Trainer
Grade 1 winning Racehorse Trainer. Nick started training in 2003, taking over from his father Josh.  He trained Point to Pointers for a few years before taking over Downs Stables.  He's had many good horses such as Straw Bear who won the Top Novice at Aintree, The Fighting Fifth and The Christmas Hurdle all ridden by A.P.McCoy.
Ruth Gifford - ( Nicks wife) Ruth runs the business side of things, finance, marketing, staff,holidaylets,  syndicates. Ruth supports Nick at home and at the races.  Ruth manages the social media,  sources fillies to lease and  re -homes  the Ex-racehorses.   She also looks after the staff , organises the weekend rotas and recruits the staff and deals with any HR issues.  
Kirsty Huff - Head Girl

Kirsty is our Head Girl, with vast experience not only as a work rider but she has worked in both flat and jummp yards. Kirsty has also worked with Breakers and in Pre Training.  It is great to have someone with her experience. She is a great assest to our team.
Andrew Veale

Andrew is responsible for travelling the horses to race meetings, speaking to jockeys, owners and  the management of the race day.   He also breaks in the youngsters . Andrew was a finalist at the prestigious “McCoy’s” in 2017 for Stable Person of the year. 
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Vova Stepanyuk – Gallops Estate Manager/Senior Work Rider

Vova is from the Ukraine. He’s been with us since June 2008.  He is an exceptional member of our team.  He can turn his hand to anything. He rides the strongest and the sharpest horses on the yard.  He has many talents. Vova was a finalist in the Godolphin Stable Staff of the year Award ! for his dedication to racing.  
Ella Garland - Assistant Head Girl

Ella is now an integral part of the team having started working part time on weekends for us a as a teenager. Ella is a natural rider & is keen to always learn.  She now assists our Head Girl Kirsty in helping run the yard.  Ella was also a finalist in the Godolphin Stable Staff of the year awards as Best Newcomer.
Ally-Marie Hollway - Stable Staff/Rider

Ally completed her apprenticeship with us andThe British Racing School.  A great member of the team who is learning all aspects of life as a Racing Groom.
George Sturgis - Senior Rider

George is an accomplished Event rider and is a great asset to our team.  He will help produce the youngsters and be going racing too.
Hannah West - Stable Staff/Rider

Hannah completed her apprenticeship an apprentice with The British Racing School. Hannah  has her Amateur Jump license & plans to ride in P2Ps this winter on Kilfords Queen .

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Weekend Team 
We have a fabulous team of young staff to cover the weekend. Phoebie, George, Olivia, Jess Wilson and Anabelle.
All horse lovers who ride or have their own horse at home.

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Gerry Enright - Rider 
Needs no introduction, ex jockey for Josh Gifford and trainer.  Now retired to Findon, Gerry rides out two lots every morning and is a real asset to the yard and pretty much part of the family.
Natalie Frolich
Natalie started with us in September 2023 and is at College in Chichester but works part time riding out and in holidays.  Natalie is a valued member of the team.
Casey Watson- Stable Hand
Casey is a valued member of our weekend team/Evening team. Her father worked for Nick as travelling head lad and Josh prior to that. Casey works in aviation during the week and helps us whenever she is available.


Alvero Fernandez - Back Vet Ltd
Alvero comes in a few times each month to treat horses.  He is a member of the Royal veterinary College of Surgeons.
He is a qualified chiropractic vet and acupuncturist.  He is a valuable member of the Nick Gifford Racing Team, treating horses after they have run or just if they have a niggle here and there.
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Tabitha Worsley - Conditional  Jockey

We are very lucky to have Tabitha come school our horses. We have a long standing connection with Tabs, she is like one of the family having worked for us many years ago. She is a valuable member of the team and rides exceptionally.

James Davies - Jockey

James has been with us for many years now. An under rated jockey who has ridden us many winners. James is an exceptional rider who looks after our horses and always gives good feedback after races.

Stuart Packham - Farrier

Stuart is our other farrier who deals with a lot of the young horses and horses with remedial shoeing requirements. He has worked with Nick and the yard for years.
Kyle Lowery - Vet

Kyle is our dedicated vet, he knows all our racehorses and is a key part of our team.  


Veterinary Associate 

I graduated from the Onderstepoort Faculty Of Veterinary Science (Pretoria, South Africa), in 2010. Since then I have completed an internship in Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery at Clinique Equine de Meslay in Meslay du Maine, France. I have worked In both South Africa and Australia. I completed the University College Dublin certificate on Equine Sports Medicine in 2016. I have a keen interest in Equine Sports Medicine with a keen focus on the poor performing show jumper and racehorses. 

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