A racing yard is only as good as its staff and we are lucky to have such a strong and experienced team working with us. We have a great group of long-standing stable staff here at Hambleton House who are dedicated to their roles in providing the very best level of care for each horse in training.
Team Smart pride themselves in taking great attention to detail having won numerous 'best turned out' awards at the races, this is then reflected in day-to-day work in the yard.
Our staff are highly valued and this has been recognised through the Lycetts Team Champion Awards 2020 in which our yard was a finalist in the over 40 horses category and was then awarded a Gold Accreditation for our outstanding levels of team ethos and staff engagement. We are also very proud to have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for our Safe Working Practices.
We are passionate about rewarding our team and often utilise the Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards to do this. In 2020 we had two employees shortlisted and one who went to the final and won the David Nicholson Newcomers Award 2020 which was a great achievement.
Vicky is a partner in the business and works alongside Bryan to ensure that the horses are fit and healthy by executing her skills as a qualified Veterinary Nurse and Veterinary Physiotherapist. She has also completed a 3 year Veterinary Homeopathy course and finds that this natural system of medicine can hugely benefit the horse by treating the totality of the animal, stimulating the body's own healing process and importantly has no side effects or withdrawal periods. Vicky competed in BSJA Show Jumping before she became involved in racing through the Point to Point field. She was a successful amateur rider winning races in Point to Points and on the flat. Vicky cooks a great breakfast for the owners on ‘work mornings’ and in between managing the business and looking after all the humans and horses she enjoys riding her own Irish Sport horse and helping Beth with her showjumpers. She also enjoys re-schooling the racehorses and actively tries to find suitable forever homes for them after their racing career is over. She has produced a number of ex-racehorses to championship level in the show ring and is the Retraining Consultant for RoR (Retraining of Racehorses) which is horse racing’s own charity. To find out more about Retraining of Racehorses click on our ‘Retraining’ page.
One of the unique features about Bryan Smart's training yard is the constant presence of a physiotherapist and homeopath who also rides out and is personally involved with the horses. To find out more about Vicky's work in any of the above fields click on the appropriate areas on this website.
Beth has ridden since she was 4yo and has competed her ponies all over the country including at Hickstead and Horse of the Year Show. Beth is very passionate about show jumping and is often seen in the outdoor school or on the gallops schooling and working on the fitness of her show jumpers and enjoys the benefits of the excellent facilities at Hambleton House. Beth has successfully competed Nationally and Internationally at some of the top venues in the country. In 2018 Beth won the Small Tour Grand Prix at Keysoe CSI 2* on Sandor's Legacy and in 2019 and 2020 she qualified for Horse of the Year Show.
In March 2020 Beth released her debut novel Racing Hearts published by Fisher King Publishing and reviewed by Brough Scott MBE. The novel has sold thousand of copies worldwide and is also stocked in local bookshops. Having recently graduated with a degree in Equine Science, Beth is now writing the follow up to Racing Hearts.
Racing Hearts: http://a-fwd.com/asin=B08672CHRH
Beth also has a particular interest in Bloodstock and breeding and can often be seen at the sales with her Dad selecting the next crop of 2 year olds.
Beth is sponsored by Gain Equine Nutrition, Fenlandz Health, and Priory Saddlery.
More information can be found by clicking the links below.
Beth is always happy to talk to any potential owners or sponsors.
Philippa joined Bryan Smart Racing in 2021. Having worked in Licensing for the BHA and at an Equine vet practice in West Sussex. She has two retired racehorses, one who was trained by Bryan Smart, Flash City.
Kevin Edmunds has been assistant trainer since 2006.
He was previously head lad to Milton Harris and also rode as a National Hunt/Point to Point jockey. Kevin will be a familiar face to many both at home and on the racecourse where he frequently attends meetings when Bryan is unable to be present. He rides many of the horses at home and is very much a 'hands on' presence in the yard. He also looks after the gallops and makes our hay during the summer. Kevin relaxes by racing his German wirehaired pointers.
Beck (assistant trainer Kevin's wife) has an Equine Science Degree and is a valuable member of the team. She organises the yard routine by establishing the daily needs, allocating workloads to staff and managing each horses individual requirements.
When she is not at work Beck enjoys working her German Wirehaired Pointer ‘Bandit’ out on the moors counting grouse for the landowners.
Beck has a passion for photography and you will see many of her pictures on this website. She does commissions and can be contacted via her Facebook Page ‘Beck Edmunds Photography’.
Jade joined the team in March 2020 as our yard apprentice having spent some time at Richard Fahey's. As a lightweight jockey with a valuable 7lb claim Jade will be a very useful asset to the team and is looking forward to gaining her first ride this season.
Rakesh has been a member of the team since he arrived in 2006 from India at 17yo. In that time he has become an integral part of the team. Rakesh has been the backbone of Team Smart in the years he has been with us and nothing is ever too much trouble. He is renowned for his incredible plaiting skills and it is never a surprise when he comes home from the races with the Best Turned Out award including B.T.O. in the Racing Post Trophy in 2017 when he led up Alpha McGuire (no mean feat against some of the top yards including John Gosden and Ballydoyle!). Rakesh is also a keen cricketer and plays for South Kilvington where he has won awards for being the best batsman in the area.
Rakesh recently returned home to his native India to get married to his new wife Pooja.
We aim to provide the very best care for horses in training at Hambleton House with our fantastic team of friendly, experienced stable staff and highly-skilled work riders keeping horses fit and healthy whilst tending to their daily needs throughout the year.
Helen is the accounts secretary for Team Smart and comes in every Monday to do the book keeping. She has over 25 years of admin, secretarial and accounts experience, gained in a variety of environments. In 2014 she started her own company offering a payroll and/or bookkeeping service for local small businesses. She was lucky enough to keep existing employers as clients of the new company and currently carry out work for racehorse trainers, farmer and a domiciliary care agency among others.
She is also joint secretary of the local Wensleydale Agricultural Show and wedding hostess for a local venue. Variety is the spice of life!
In her spare times she loves to cook and is undertaking some cookery courses this year. She also tries to go to the gym at least three times a week which she says is very necessary to counteract the cooking.
Tony Eyre has done our transport since we moved up in 2002 and is part of the team at Hambleton House. He has travelled horses all over the country and abroad for us and is a well- known face at the races. Tony is always cheerful provided he has had his cup of coffee before he sets off on another long journey in his horsebox!
Londonderry Farriers are a family run business based in Londonderry, North Yorkshire, with a team of enthusiastic Registered and Apprentice Farriers.
Huw Dyer AWCF has over 40 years of experience in the industry. He has overseen the training of more than 30 farriers, including his son Tom Dyer DWCF who has joined the business. The team is completed by apprentices Will Crozier, Alex Bradbury and Danny Souter.
Minster Equine Veterinary Clinic is dedicated to providing quality professional care for horses in numerous equestrian disciplines.
Vet Pol Abril-Casellas LV MRCVS is present twice a week for routine work and veterinary care of the horses.
After graduation from Barcelona University in 2009, Pol travelled to North America for a few months visiting renowned equine hospitals. He then undertook a one-year internship at a surgical referral hospital in Canada. After this, he then moved to the Dubai for few months, focusing mainly on lameness of endurance horses. He moved to UK in 2014 and worked in Lambourn, Berkshire for a year focusing mainly on racehorses and sport horse work.
Pol joined Minster Equine Vets in May 2015. His main interests are racing, surgery and sports medicine, including lameness, gait analysis and diagnostic imaging, which led him to enrol in an Advanced Practitioner Certificate specialising in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics).
Outside work, you can find Pol hiking, rock climbing or walking his beloved Border Collie, Anek.
'Having had a lifelong love of all things equine in 2012 I decided to get involved in racing flat horses as an owner. On spotting an advert for shared ownership in a two year old with Bryan Smart at Hambleton House I paid a visit. On meeting Bryan and his staff who were all helpful and clearly very knowledgeable I was hooked. The last seven years have been a marvellous journey having had over 20 winners including a Group 1 and a Listed race which is in no small way down to a master trainer. On my journey I have met some wonderful people many of whom are now friends.
Team Smart are truly the custodians of the dream factory!!!'
Best thing I have ever done is join a syndicate with Bryan Smart racing - 7 winners I have been involved in. You're made welcome and all staff are friendly and always ready to answer questions - a great set up by all.
Fully professional and a superb team Bryan has at sutton bank stables, amazing to be associated with them all.
What a great morning spent at Bryan Smart's stables watched the 2 year olds breezing up the grass gallops, the grass gallop was like walking on a deep pile carpet then a great breakfast no better place to be on a lovely spring morning - thanks for a great morning Bryan Smart racing.
So delighted to being playing a small part in helping keep your team in top form.
Shiwon Green 4CYTE UK https://fenlandzhealth.co.uk/
The Tote and Britbet will sponsor the Racehorse Owners’ Sponsorship Scheme (“the Scheme”) from 1st January 2020.
You can read all about it here
Lycetts Team Champion Gold Accreditation is awarded to yards that have shown outstanding levels of team ethos and staff engagement.
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