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Training Staff

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.
Use the menu to find pictures of our staff:

Michael Easterby


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.

David Easterby



David Easterby holds a joint training licence with his father, Michael. Previously, David was a successful amateur jockey and rode numerous Point-to-Point winners.

Katie Midgley

Travelling Head Girl

Katie is back at the yard for another stint! Katie is well known for making very long trips and she is no stranger to clocking up the miles with the horsebox.

Caroline Bartram

Assistant Trainer & Work Rider

Caroline joined us in February 2019 having previously worked for Richard Fahey. Caroline rides out in a morning and then works in the office in the afternoon.

Caroline is from a farming background and has worked in the United States before returning to Britain to work in racing.

Mark Cobb

Head lad

Mark is our Head Lad and looks after the bottom yard and keeps things running smoothly.

Mark is a super-multi-talented lad, and can do so many jobs.

Nathan Evans


Nathan rides for us as a jockey and he also is a work rider, riding out in a morning before heading off racing. Nathan is originally from Ireland and he started out as a showjumper before moving on to racehorses.

Joanna Mason



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.

Dilys Sigsworth

Head lass

Dilys keeps the Sheep Close yard in order. She has worked here for many years. Dilys brings her dog Harry to the yard in the morning and he loves to mix with the horses.

Matt Swarbrick



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.

Joe Wright

Work rider

Joe joined us in June 2019. He is a winning amateur rider over jumps and a winning Point-to-Point jockey. He is known to us as 'King Joe'!

Steph Easterby

Saturday Secretary, P2P Trainer and photographer

Steph is a successful Point-to-Point Trainer and does many jobs at the yard, including Saturday Secretary. Her stable stars over recent seasons have included My Old Piano and Carlton Ryan, prolific winners on the point to point circuit and in Hunter Chases.

Sarah Finch

Work rider

Sarah works at the Sheep Close yard. She rides the horses on the gallops and can often be seen leading up our runners at the racecourse.

Rosie Howarth

Amateur Jockey and Work Rider

Rosie joined in October 2020. She rides as a lady amateur on the flat and over jumps and is also a winning Point-to-Point jockey.

Garry Lavery

Work rider

Garry is a very experienced work rider and is also a winning amateur jockey.

Will Pyle

Apprentice jockey and work rider

Will Pyle is apprentice jockey. He also rides out every morning.

Wendy Jackson

Racing Secretary

Wendy is responsible for the administration, the entries and all the complicated stuff and takes the calls to Mr. Easterby's office.

Clare Neale

Work rider

Clare joined us in 2020 and has been working with the yearlings and breaking them in.

Claire Ramsay

Work rider

Claire is a work rider and joined the yard in November 2020.

Charlotte Brown

Yard duties

Charlotte joined us in 2020 and looks after the horses and performs many tasks around the stables. Her favourite horse is Von Melas.

Owen Riley

Work rider

Owen joined as a work rider in August 2021.

Liz Galway

Work rider

Liz returned to the yard in 2019 having previously worked here in the early 1980s. Liz remembers the likes of B and K Emperor, Mr Snugfit and Skewsby!

Jane Bedford

Work rider

Jane has been here for many years now riding work and taking care of the horses. Jane looks after one of our ex-racehorses at home, multiple winner Itlaaq.

Serena Brotherton

Amateur Jockey and Work Rider

Serena is one of the country's top lady amateur riders and rides out before going to work as a solicitor.

Janice Green

Work rider

Janice has been at Mick Easterby Racing for many years and works at the Sheep Close yard.

Philip Lawrence

Amateur Jockey and Work Rider

Philip joined us in February 2019 as a work rider. He also rides as an amateur on the flat and as a Point-to-Point jockey.

Sarah Lear

Racing Secretary

Sarah joined us in summer 2019 as part time racing secretary. One of her tasks was to catch frogs who had found their way into the house!

Michael Schofield

Mick joined the team as a work rider in January 2019. Michael has years of experience, having worked in racing for over 35 years. He was formerly a work rider for Neil King in Wiltshire.

Alex Bland

Stable hand (Saturdays)

Alex attended the Open Day in September and fancied working at the yard, so she gave us a call and now comes in to ride work on Saturdays!

Rich Clark


Often to be seen around the yard, main job: shoeing the horses.

Albert Easterby

Future jockey

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.


Yard man

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.


Pest Control and Security

Patsie is a black Patterdale. She keeps the rat and mouse population down in the yard!

Mick's Mousers

Pest control

We have a team of farm cats who patrol the farm for mice. They spend most of the day sleeping and prefer to work nights.

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