Sarah Jayne attained her full public NH licence in 2012, having cut her teeth training over 60 point to point winners, many of them homebred youngsters or rejects from other yards. It only took a month before she started sending out winners under rules.
Coming from a farming family in Herefordshire, she was a keen showjumper from an early age, graduating to riding many point to point winners, before gaining her category B amateur licence which allowed her to gain valuable experience riding against professionals. As the racing bug took hold, she developed her skills and knowledge working at local racing yards.
Sarah Jayne prides herself on meticulous attention to detail at every stage of training and this policy has seen her yard turn out a string of vastly improved horses.
Ryan completed his 9 week NVQ3 at Doncaster racing school before joining George Baker’s excellent team in Marlborough where he developed his work riding skills. At 6'2" he soon realised flat racing would be unrealistic so he joined SJD Racing to gain experience riding NH horses with a view to gaining his category A amateur licence. He is a highly motivated and reliable member of the team and following a successful couple of seasons riding point to pointing he is now focusing his attention on the running of the main yard whilst also training the point to pointers from a separate yard.
Amy has re-joined the team as a part-time Racing Secretary, having previously worked here as a work rider. Amy rides 3 or 4 lots and then spends the rest of the morning in the office. She is a confident rider and a valued member of the team.
Jo was head girl here having ridden point to point winners, then she left to have a family. Now her two young sons have gone to school she has returned part time as a work rider, so she still has time to spend with her pony mad boys who both aspire to be jockeys.
Jayne has joined us as part time yard staff; having worked in all disciplines of the horse industry over the last 20 years, she is a great addition to the team.
Lily volunteers here at the weekends to gain work experience. She is looking forward to a career with horses in the future.