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.
Beth is sponsored by Gain Equine Nutrition, Fenlandz Health, and Priory Saddlery.
Beth released her debut novel Racing Hearts just before lockdown in March 2020 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. Racing Hearts: http://a-fwd.com/asin=B08672CHRH
Having graduated with a first class honours degree in Equine Science in 2021 Beth is now Assistant trainer at Hambleton House. Beth rides out every morning, oversees the smooth running of the yard and also runs the racing office.
We are delighted to announce that Team Smart have recently welcomed Ian Howell to Hambleton House. Ian worked for Godolphin and lived in Dubai for over 17 years travelling the globe with high class racehorses. Upon returning to the UK Ian became a riding instructor at the British Racing School in Newmarket teaching riding and horse care. Ian has a strong passion for fitness and is a certified personal trainer and has helped many young apprentice jockeys achieve their fitness goals including Harry Davies, David Egan and Cieren Fallon.
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.
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. They are dedicated to providing professional first opinion veterinary services for all types of equines in Yorkshire, from their two clinics; Poppleton on the outskirts of York, and the Malton clinic situated in the heart of racehorse country in Yorkshire. Minster's equine-only veterinary surgeons are equipped with a full range of portable diagnostic equipment, including digital endoscopy, radiography and ultrasonography. This allows them to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions stableside. Their team of vets have postgraduate qualifications in advanced veterinary practice, including Orthopaedics, Diagnostic Imaging, Dentistry and Internal Medicine that enable them to deliver a first-class first opinion ambulatory veterinary service.
@BryanSmartRacin Excellent website and user friendly. You have raised the bar in PR for Racing and promoting your stable. "Well Done" Bryan
5 winners in 5 years! Best move we ever made was to buy into horses trained by Bryan Smart and his dedicated staff. No better sight than to see the horses working on the gallops at Hambleton House.
Harry & Freda Moody
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.
'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!!!'
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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