Here at Michael & David Easterby Racing we are extremely proud of our staff. Training racehorses is all about team work and every member of the team has a vital role in getting the racehorses to the racecourse.
We have vast amounts of experience amongst our staff, from the administration through to our stable staff and work riders. We also employ specialist staff to train the younger horses. Of course we have access to top class vets, farriers and all the other roles vital to keep our horses happy and healthy so that they can perform at their peak on the racecourse.
Our staff are listed below and you can click the names to find out more. There is also a staff photo library so you can find pictures of each team member.
Mick Easterby has trained racehorses on the flat and over jumps for over 60 years. His first winner, Great Rock, came at Edinburgh in 1961 and he has since trained the winners of over 2,400 races. Famous winners have included Mrs McArdy (1000 Guineas 1977), Wiganthorpe (Gimcrack Stakes 1986), Lochnager (Champion sprinter 1976), Peterhof (Triumph Hurdle 1976), Gentleman's Deal (Winter Derby 2007). Having turned 90 years of age in 2021 Mick is still sending out winners.
Joanna Mason rides as a professional jockey, having gained her licence in November 2020. She was formerly one of the country's leading amateur riders and rode her first winner on Lake Chini in 2007. Joanna is also a work rider and rides out every morning.
Matt is our vet, and provides a fantastic service looking after the health needs of our horses. Matt graduated with honours from Liverpool in 2010, he undertook a two-year internship at Newmarket Equine Hospital, where he developed an interest in Orthopaedics and Diagnostic Imaging. He has also travelled in South America. Matt is a specialist in advanced imaging modalities (MRI and CT) with extensive knowledge and experience in Equine Orthopaedics.
Albert David Easterby arrived on Boxing Day 2014 and is the latest recruit. Albert helps with some of the jobs around the yard including feeding the horses. He will be riding and training racehorses and following in the Easterby tradition before anyone knows it! He is learning very fast.
Spider has worked here since 1972 and he has looked after some very good horses. He started out as a work rider but now keeps his feet firmly on the ground looking after the horses.
One can only wonder how many tonnes of hay Spider has fed to the horses over the 50 years at the yard. Spider's real name is Peter Webb.