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.  
Tabitha Worsley
We are very lucky to have Tabitha Worsley pop in twice a week to school our horses.  We have a long standing connection with Tabs , she is a bit like one of the family and a very valuble member of the team.  She is an exceptional jockey.
Hannah West - Apprentice

Hannah is an apprentice who has just joined the team having completed racing school in Newmarket.
She has slotted in perfectly to the team. A lovely rider with a great work ethic.
Andrew Veale- Travelling Head Lad. 
 Andrew is responsible for travelling  the horses to their race meetings, speaking to jockeys and owners and management of the race day side of things.  Andrew has over 20 years experience in racing.  He has been with us for many years and prior to that worked at Di Grissell’s as Head lad for 7 years.   He breaks in all our youngsters. Andrew was a finalist at the prestigious “McCoy’s” in 2017 for Stable Person of the year. 
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Izzy Mills - Work Rider 

Izzy is an ex point to point rider and has always worked in racing. Izzy is a true asset to the yard , a brilliant rider/horsewoman, always smiling and loves her horse 
Vova Stepanyuk – Gallops Maintenance Man/Work Rider

Vova is from the Ukraine. He’s been with us since June 2008. He worked for James Bethell for 2 1/2 years and Richard Whitaker for 5 months, prior to that. He is a valued member of the team and quite a cheeky character!!!  He can turn his hand to anything. He rides the strongest and the sharpest horses on the yard.  He has many talents. 

Weekend team, We have Millie, Amelie , Abbie, Gabrielle and Evie who work weekends doing the yard and looking after the racehorses.,.

George Sturgis - Rider 
George is an event rider who has been riding out for us since August 2018. He has evented up to Advanced and is a great asset to the team.
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Dan Hutchenson- Yard man
Dan is a key member of the team and does everything on the yard, from mucking out to operating the walker, holding horses for the vets and Physio.
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.
Ella Garland - Stable Staff
Ella joined us at the start of the season having worked part time on weekends previously.  Having never ridden a racehorse before , she now rides out 4 lots everyday and is a natural.  
Judith has worked for us just over a year, but she has known the Gifford family for many years, as she used to work for Josh and Althea. She is vastly experienced and a great team player.
Alvero 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.


BVetMed, Cert EM (Int), Cert VA, MRCVS


Matt graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1991 before joining a large mixed practice in Hampshire.  He took time out to travel the world, stopping briefly to work in New Zealand before returning to the UK as an intern in an equine referral practice in Lambourn.  

In 1995 he joined the ambulatory team of the Arundel Equine Hospital and was awarded his Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s Certificate in Equine Internal medicine in 1997.  In 1998 he went to South Africa to work in a racehorse practice in Johannesburg.  Returning to Arundel in 2000, he gained his RCVS Certificate in Anaesthesia in 2003 and became a partner in the practice in 2005.  Matt has an interest in all aspects of horse care.

Outside of work, endurance sports such as triathlon, road and mountain biking keep him busy whilst his knees last.

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Casey Watson
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 basically works for us whenever she is free, even on Christmas Day!
Ella Biba Rohman - Head Girl

Ella worked full time for the yard back in 2015-2017.  After going off to pursue a career away from racing she has returned and is now a full time senior member of staff.  

Ella is in charge of running the yard, staff and horses.  She works along side Andrew our Travelling Head Lad.
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Kirsty Huff  - Work Rider

Kirsty is an experienced work rider, she has worked in both flat and jump yards. She has also worked with breakers and in pre training. It is great to have someone with her experience. She is a great asset to our team. 
Martin Hogan
Martin is one of our farriers, who lives less than a mile away. 
He has worked on the yard for years , starting out when Josh was training.
He is on the yard every week and loves a bit of golf too !
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Stuart Packham
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.