Team

  • Ed Walker

    Ed started training in October 2010 when he rented a small 24 box yard within St Gatien Stables in Newmarket. From there he sent out his first runner which was Riggins, a Listed winner on November 27th 2010.

    Since then Ed has grown the business gradually which has seen him relocate no less than four times. His nomadic existence finally came to an end in December 2016 when he and his team settled at Kingsdown Stables in Upper Lambourn.

  • Jack Steels

    Assistant

    Jack started in racing in 2006 where he worked for Luca Cumani in Newmarket. It was here where he progressed through the ranks and went from Stable Lad to Head Lad. In 2013, Jack joined Ed's team and has been with him ever since. 

    Jack has had many successful and memorable days racing whilst working for Ed. In particular Stormy Antarctic's win in the Craven and the day when Ed had a 5 timer back in June 2015, however Jack managed to saddle the only two runners that didn't win on the day! He is an extremely talented rider but has long retired from riding yearlings and one of his favourite horses on the yard is of course Stormy Antarctic, who he regularly rides out.

    Jack makes sure that all things horse related are done to an exceptionally high standard. He ensures that the yard runs like clockwork and plays a key role in the daily management and care of our horses. 

  • Danni Loader

    Racing Secretary

    Danni came to work for Ed in November 2016 when the yard relocated to Lambourn. She has plenty of experience in the industry having worked in National Hunt Racing for much of her career, first for Graeme McPherson, followed by longer stints for Champion Trainers Paul Nicholls & Nicky Henderson. Despite having ridden and looked after some very smart horses over the years, Danni prefers to stay out of the saddle nowadays but will often watch the horses on work mornings.

    Danni runs the office and the office runs the yard, making her a vital cog in the Kingsdown machine. Nothing happens without Danni actioning or overseeing it, whether it be horse, staff or owner related.

  • Libby Snell

    Communications

    Libby has grown up with horses and started here in January 2019 after she graduated from the Royal Agricultural University in 2018 with a degree in International Agriculture and Equine Business Management. She has previously worked for several industry professionals including SackvilleDonald bloodstock agents and has spent several years shadowing different trainers and agents over the years at sales. She has also worked for Goffs UK, Tweenhills Stud and spent a season out in New Zealand as an eventing groom. Aside from living and working in Lambourn, she also has a bloodstock business back at home in Herefordshire where she pinhooks both flat and national hunt foals. 

    Libby is responsible for keeping the owners up to date on their horse's progress. She is often seen out on the gallops taking photos and video footage of horses to send to the owners, as well as going racing. She also manages our website and social media to keep everyone up to date on runners and latest news. 

  • George Baker

    Race Planning

    Having previously ridden for Ed for a number of years, George re-joined the team in the summer of 2020 and assists Ed with race planning, entries and jockey bookings. 

    George had a very successful career in the saddle riding a total of 1,364 winners, he has many notable wins under his belt which include a first classic win in the St Leger on Harbour Law in 2016. Since his forced retirement from race riding after suffering a serious fall at St Moritz's White Turf meeting, George now divides his time between jockey coaching, his role at Ed Walker Racing, as well as working as a pundit on Racing TV.

    After many years of living on the restricted diet that comes with being a jockey, George has a renewed love of food which he is very expressive about!

    George has written a book 'Taking My Time' which tells both the tall tale of his life as a jockey, and the story of a second life emerging from the aftermath of his fall. This is available to purchase from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Taking-My-Time-George-Baker/dp/1910497894

  • Clare Wills

    Bookkeeper

    Clare started with us in October 2020 after studying an online accountancy course so she could combine riding out with a more office based role. She studied Business Management with Human Resources at Winchester University while riding out for Brendan Powell. After finishing University, Clare worked full time for Brendan doing a variety of roles including being his amatuer Jockey. Whilst working for us, Clare continues to ride out and also drives the Equisave Horse Ambulance at various race meetings. Her role here includes managing the accounts, Human Resources and staff wages.

  • Charles Guet

    Senior Head Lad

    Charles comes from a racing background in Moulins, central France. His Uncle and Godfather both train flat and jumps so he grew up around horses and was in the saddle from an early age. 

    Charles went to university to study Chinese however he spent more time riding out in Chantilly so decided uni was not for him! He then got his first job as Pupil Assistant in France for Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte for 4 years before returning to Newmarket after he had previously spent time at Michael Jarvis's during his summer holidays and loved it. He then became Assistant Head Lad for Roger Varian where he rode and looked after some of the very best horses. 

    Charles works very closely with Jack and is responsible for making sure that all horses are happy and healthy. He has the support from our Assistant Head Lads and will check every leg on every horse twice a day. He is also a very talented rider and is one of our most experienced work riders. 

  • Nicky Studart

    Head Girl

    Nicky joined us in September 2019 and is a very experienced member of the team. She has previously been Head Girl at both Stan Moore's and Jonny Portman's stables, as well as been a member of the travelling team in Newmarket for Sir Henry Cecil and even rode Frankel when he was a yearling! 

    Nicky is always always there to help with a smile on her face and helps manage the day to day running of the yard.

  • Matty Hicks

    Assistant Head Lad

    Matty has been here since June 2018 as Assistant Head Lad. Prior to this, he worked for his local trainer Tim Reed back home in Northumberland. Coming from a hunting background and riding from a young age, Matty has always wanted to work with horses and also has a keen interest in the bloodstock industry.

    Matty has gone from strength to strength during his time at Kingsdown, proving to be a popular member of staff and a naturally talented rider. He is the regular rider of some exciting horses in the yard an was of course the regular rider of English King. 

     

  • Kajsa Lindsö

    Assistant Head Girl

    Kajsa comes from Sweden and has grown up with horses at home all of her life. After she finished school, she worked with trotting horses and harness racing until a racehorse trainer told her she should try riding racehorses instead, so she changed careers and instead of sitting behind them in a wagon she started to ride them. After 6 months, she got her apprentice licence and in the season of 2018 she was champion apprentice in Sweden.

    Kajsa has since stopped race riding as she prefers to ride out daily and get to see the individual horse make progress and develop. She started on a working holiday to England to work for Team Walker for a month, however she decided to stay and we are delighted to have such a talented rider in the yard. 

    One of her favourite horses in the yard was Royal Intervention who she rode out everyday. She has now retired to stud but Kajsa still visits her regularly and can't wait to see her offspring!

  • Jill Thompson

    Assistant Head Girl

  • Elouise O'Hart

    Assistant Head Girl

    Elouise joined us in February 2020 after graduating from The British Racing School where she was Head Girl on her course. She has previously worked at riding schools and learnt to ride at the young age of 5, therefore has plenty of experience with horses. This is her first job in racing and she is looking forward to learning more about the industry and getting out and about to the races with the horses. She has improved no end since being here and a valued member of the team. 

  • Molly Stratton

    Assistant Head Girl

    Molly has been around horses from a young age and has competed in many equestrian disciplines before studying at the British Racing School in 2015 at the age of 16/17. When she graduated from racing school, she went on to work for several trainers including Ralph Beckett, Andrew Balding and Brendan Powell. She has prevciously held a license as an amateur jockey for Brendan and had five rides, being placed in three so she brings a great deal of experience to the team and is an excellent rider.

  • Samantha Clements

    Assistant Head Girl

    Sam joined us in April 2020 and started riding at the early age of 7 doing dressage lessons. She went straight to the racing school after finishing school at 16 and got a job riding for Tim Pitt in Newmarket. After two years there, she went to work for Ed when he trained in Newmarket and after a stint at a pre training yard and stud, Sam is now back with us here in Lambourn. 

  • Gary Plasted

    Senior Travelling Head Lad

    Gary has spent most of his life working in the racing industry and brings a wealth of experience with him. Most notably, he was Travelling Head Lad for Ralph Beckett for 13 years where he travelled horses far and wide both nationally and internationally, including across Europe, USA, Canada Dubai and Hong Kong. He has travelled 3 Classic winners in his career as well as Breeders Cup winner Muhannak. Gary joined the team when we moved to Kingsdown in November 2016 as our Senior Travelling Head Lad and oversees the majority of our runners and staff to race meetings in the UK and overseas.

    Sill a very talented rider, Gary rides out whenever his busy racing schedule allows him. He has ridden some of our top horses including Stormy Antarctic and Indian Blessing and exercises all of our overseas runners on the track, preparing them for their race. He has a huge soft spot for Stormy and would love to see him bag a Group 1, hopefully this season!

  • Georgie McCabe

    Assistant Travelling Head Girl

    Georgie joined us in June 2021 having previously worked for both Roger Teal and Owen Burrows in Lambourn. She comes from a racing background and has also showjumped from a young age, as well as studying a degree in sports massage. Georgie will be assisting Gary in travelling the horses to the races, as well as riding out and helping on the yard. 

  • Kelly Keniry

    Work Rider

    Kelly has previously worked for several trainers including Richard Guest, Andrew Balding, Karl Burke and many more. She is extremely experienced and has also been Head Girl and done plenty of travelling within various jobs. Before she got into racing, she used to teach at Doncaster College Equestrian Department whilst being a qualified riding instructor. 

    Kelly has ridden as an amateur and is proud to say that her first ever ride was a winner! She married Jockey Liam Keniry in 2020 and is a very valued, enthusiastic member of the team.

  • Hannah Fraser

    Apprentice Jockey

     Hannah joined the team in October 2018 after graduating from The British Racing School with the goal of getting her licence out and has worked very hard to achieve this. She partnered Laurence Bellman's Starfighter in her first race at Doncaster in August 2020 and has since had several more rides for Ed. She is a popular member of the team who works hard both at work and in her spare time so we can't wait for her to ride her first winner and hope it will be very soon!

     

  • Monika Gasparova

    Rider/Stable Lass

    Monika grew up in Czech Republic and has been with horses all of her life. She started out working in a small stud after school when she was just 11 years old, riding ex race mares and doing yard duties. It was here that she sat on yearlings for the first time and totally fell in love with racehorses. At age 15, Monika started at racing school and began riding in races. When she turned 18, she came to England for one month to get more riding experience and from here she decided to stay. Monika has had many jobs in the industry, she loves learning new things every day as well as riding some talented horses.

    She is now settled here and loves the team and horses at Kingsdown Stables. Monika is extremely hard working, always willing to lend a hand and put in the extra hours and has a great sense of humour which keeps the team entertained on a daily basis.

  • Tristan Broadbent

    Rider/Stable Lad

    Tristan's family have long been involved with horses, which is where his enthusiasm for the sport has come from. After finishing school, he attended the British Racing School in Newmarket and from there he joined Ed Walker Racing. A highlight of Tristan's first year here was Toshima winning at Newcastle as he had ridden him out daily for many months. His favourite horse in the yard is the exciting sprinter Starman, who he rides at home. 

  • Adam Elias

    Rider/Stable Lad

    Adam joined us in April 2020 having worked for Nicky Henderson and Warren Greatrex in Lambourn. He moved to the UK from Slovakia 3 years ago and has previously held an Amateur license and rode a total of 6 winners. He is a very talented rider and is not afraid to ride anything, in particular he loves riding the trickier horses!

     

  • Shauna McLoughlin

    Rider/Stable Lass

    Shauna joined us in August 2020 having moved from Ireland where she grew up working for Breeze Up trainer and consigner Johnny Hassett. She has also spent time working for Joseph O'Brien, as well as working for several studs including Lynn Lodge and Highclere doing yearling preps and sales so we are delighted to have her on the team. 

  • Umesh Babu

    Rider/Stable Lad

    Umesh joined us in July 2019 after previosuly working for Henry Candy. He is an experienced rider, loves going racing and is rarely seen without a smile.

  • Rosie Beanland

    Rider/Stable Lass

  • Wieslaw Filipowicz

    Stable Lad

    Originally from Poland, 'Westy' as he is known around the yard is one of Ed’s longest serving member of staff having worked for him since 2013. He has moved around with Ed from yard to yard before happily settling in to Kingsdown. He can often be seen accompanying horses at the races and looks after our stable star Stormy Antarctic, which has enabled him to travel to several different countries over the years. Westy is of course most excited about Stormy this year and is very hopeful of the yard being able to secure a first Group 1 victory.

  • Tina Young

    Stable Lass

    Tina joined us in August and brings a wealth of experience to the yard. She has worked in racing for over 20 years and has always lived and worked in Lambourn. She has previously worked for both flat and jumps trainers including Richard Hughes and Marcus Tregoning and we are delighted to have Tina on the team. 

  • Pappa Ram

    Stable Lad

    Papa is famous around the yard for always having a smile on his face! He has worked at Kingsdown since January 2018 and is a valuable member as he not only helps on the yard but can ride out too. He has previously worked in Ireland for Andy Oliver and also Jonjo ONeill before joining the Ed Walker team. 

  • Kishore Rathore Singh

    Stable Lad

    Kishore has a wealth of experience and knowledge, in particular travelling horses and taking them racing. He has previously worked for Kerry Lee before joining the team at Kingsdown in January 2018. He is often seen leading up at the races and sales, aswell as being a top yardman at home.

  • Josef Vyskoc

    Stable Lad

    Josef was first introduced to racehorses when he was 17 and immediately fell in love with them. He then started working for a trainer in Slovakia, followed by moving to the UK where he worked for Mark Pitman and Charlie Egerton. He loves all aspects of training and is constantly learning. He could not be more helpful in and around the yard and is a very popular member of the team.

  • Jitendra Singh

    Stable Lad

    'J Singh' has worked at Kingsdown since June 2017. He is extremely reliable and trustworthy and takes care of some the best horses on the yard. He is often seen up at the barn keeping it tidy and organised and takes great pride in his work. He has had plenty of experience having previously worked in several national hunt yards such as Jonjo O'Neill's. 

  • Prahlad Singh Bhati

    Stable Lad

  • Bláithín Murphy

    Stable Lass

    Bláithín joined us at the start of the year whilst continuing to study a Masters degree in Business Management. Previous to this, she has also completed a degree in Equine Science at Maynooth University in Ireland. Bláithín has a wealth of experience working with horses, in particular with youngstock having spent seasons at Watership Down Stud and Castlehyde Stud in Ireland. 

  • Jamie Madureira De Oliveira

    Stable Lad

    Jamie began working here in May 2020 as a full time yardman. He originates from Brazil and since moving over to the UK he has worked at several yards in and around Lambourn. He always has a smile on his face and is a great addition to the team!

  • Daulat Singh

    Stable Lad

  • Lindsay White

    Stable Lass

  • Harry Priestley

    Farrier

    Harry joined us in March 2021 and is a vital member of the team, providing a highly professional service in all aspects of farriery including shoeing and specialist remedial care. He manages the day to day care of the horses feet in the yard, including fitting shoes and racing plates on when required. 

     

  • Mikael Magnusson

    Chiropractor

    Mikael is a key member of the team and has previosuly owned several horses in the yard but he is also the resident chiropractor, continuously assessing and treating the horses and keeping them in top tip condition! Mikael trained in Sweden before moving to the UK where he successfully trained just down the road from Kingsdown Stables. He can often be seen out on the gallops in the mornings and in the evenings around the yard closely followed by his beloved dog Josephine!

  • Dannios

    Yard Hack

    Dannios originally joined us as a 'hack' back in 2010 but got so fit that Ed decided to run him in his mother Gilly's colours as a suprise for her birthday. He amazed everyone and gave Gilly a memorable day when he won! He then went on to win 5 races that year before retiring in 2011 to become an invaluable lead horse.

    During 2019 Dannios had the important role of being lead horse to our now retired superstar filly Agrotera, even attending Royal Ascot to pony her to the start. Surely the highlight of his year! After a well earned break, he came back in to work for his duties as lead horse to the yearlings and has now gone back in to the paddock for another holiday. He certainly lives the dream and is well and truly spoilt, as he should be.