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 Trainer

    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 as Assistant Trainer 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, but Jack managed to saddle the only two losers on the day! His favourite horse 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 represents Ed in his absence whether it be in the yard or at the races. He ensures that the yard runs like clockwork and plays a key role in educating youngsters in the yard, human as well as equine. He is an extremely talented rider but has retired from riding yearlings and instead rides some of the yard superstars such as Stormy Antarctic!

  • 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 NH 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 keep her feet firmly on the ground 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 Assistant

    Libby has always 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.  During her time at Cirencester, she spent a summer working for SackvilleDonald bloodstock agents where she got more involved in the flat bloodstock industry. She has also worked as an eventing groom in New Zealand, aswell as working for Goffs UK and Tweenhills Stud. She currently has a small bloodstock business at home in Herefordshire where her and her father pinhook both flat and national hunt foals. In the future she would love to have her own sales prep/consigning business at home. 

    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. She also manages our website and social media to keep everyone up to date on runners and latest news. 

  • 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. 

  • 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 would one day like to pursue a career in the bloodstock industry.

    A natural rider, Matty rides our 2019 Derby entry Ginistrelli daily and is very much looking forward to the season ahead with him. A personal highlight for Matty since joining Ed Walker Racing was Ginistrelli winning at Newmarket on his second start, which is hopefully just the start of an exciting career. 

  • Josh Brownings

    Assistant Head Lad

    Josh started with us in May 2019 as Assistant Head Lad after gaining a wealth of experience in the thoroughbred industry. He has not only worked in racing but also on the bloodstock side, having completed the National Stud Diploma course in 2015. Josh then went on to work for Shadwell Stud for two years in both their pre training and rehab yards. After moving to Lambourn, he worked for Warren Greatrex before joining the team here at Kingsdown Stables.

  • Kajsa Linds√∂

    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.

    Now, Kajsa has stopped race riding as she would much rather just ride in training 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. 

    Her favourite horse is Royal Intervention who she rides everyday and is very special to her, always making her smile!

  • Hannah Baldwin

    Assistant Head Girl

    Hannah joined the team in October 2019. She has worked in most equestrian spheres, including eventing, polo, showjumping and dressage so has a wealth of experience. Within the racing industry, Hannah has most recently worked for Seamus Durack as Head Girl. 

  • 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.

    He has been the regular rider of Stormy Antarctic and Duckett’s Grove throughout the winter and has high hopes for both of them on the track this season.

  • Jessica Daw

    Assistant Travelling Head Girl

    Jess came to Ed Walker Racing after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with a Masters in Equine Performance, Health and Welfare. Whilst completing her research project for this (based on the effects of temperature on surface characteristics in all weather racetracks) she was lucky enough to gain a place on the BHA Graduate Scheme, working in the BHA Racing Operations Department. 

    Alongside obtaining a degree in Equine Management from Hartpury University, she had previously worked as a racing secretary, an ownership assistant at Weatherby's, and a rider for a number of trainers.

  • Nicky Studart

    Assistant Travelling Head Girl

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

  • Kelly Adams

    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 rides as an amateur and is proud to say that her first ever ride was a winner! She is excited to be marrying Jockey Liam Keniry next year and is a very enthusiastic member of the team!

  • Racheal Kneller

    Work Rider

    Racheal started in racing as an amateur and was crowned champion lady jockey two years running on arabs and reserve champion lady amateur. After some great years as an amateur she decided to turn apprentice and went on to win the Hands and Heels Summer Series and the all weather apprentice title in her second season. She has now turned professional and sits on 56 winners.

    Racheal's favourite days racing have been her first Ascot winner aboard Best Be Careful, and riding in St Moritz on the snow where she finished a close second. She is a regular rider of some of our most exciting 3 year-olds Cap Francais and Baba Ghanouj, who she is extremely excited about and can't wait for them to get out and hopefully win some big races this year!

  • Monika Gasparova

    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 serious horses.

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

  • Tristan Broadbent

    Stable Lad

    Tristan's family have always 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 getting Toshima to win at Newcastle second time out and his favourite horse to ride in the yard is Singing Sheriff.

  • Hannah Fraser

    Stable Lass

    Hannah has been at Ed Walker Racing since October after studying at the British Racing School. She has always had ponies from a young age and regularly competed in BSJA and Pony Racing. 

    Since being here, Hannah has learnt a huge amount about horses and racing and continues to learn new things everyday. Her future goal is to get her apprentice license and start race riding. She is a very confident, talented young rider and always has a smile on her face. 

  • 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, through volunteering at charities and going to talks by professionals including Monty Roberts and Kelly Marks. 

    Josef is married with a son and his favourite horse to ride in the yard is Starfighter as he always makes him smile! 

  • Aleksandra Kowalik

    Stable Lass

    Aleksandra came to the UK in March 2019 from Warsaw in Poland. She has had 8 years experience as a track rider at one of the best racetracks in Poland, Sluzewiec. She has also worked for several top trainers in Poland therefore giving her plenty of experience with different horses, aswell as trainers and racetracks. 

    Aleksandra has also completed a course in race riding and stable work at the Racing Academy and Centre of Education in Ireland.

  • Molly Stratton

    Stable Lass

    Molly has always been around horses from a young age and has competed in many disciplines including showjumping, 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 was an amateur jockey for Brendan, with 5 rides, being placed in three so she brings a great deal of experience to the team. 

  • Emily Hall

    Stable Lass

    Emily started with us in June 2019 and has previously worked for Warren Greatrex in Lambourn. Emily used to ride in Point to Points and is a very experienced rider.

  • Shamim Aktar

    Stable Lad

    Shamim is know around the yard as 'Sammy' and always has a smile on his face. He is a very cheerful member of staff and loves his horses. His favourite horse in the yard is Capriolette who he looks after every day.

  • 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.

  • 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 rides out too. He has previously worked in Ireland for Andy Oliver 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 some of our more difficult horses at the races and is a very important member of the team. 

  • Surenda Rathore Singh

    Stable Lad

    Surenda is a natural horseman and is particularly experienced when taking difficult horses racing. He can often be seen leading up some of our bigger, stronger horses at the races as he is always calm, collected and professional. 

  • Anser Sheik Salauddin

    Stable Lad

    Anser joined us in March 2019 and is part of the riding out team aswell as the ground staff. 

  • 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! He has had plenty of experience having previously worked in several national hunt yards such as Jonjo O'Neill's. 

  • Umesh Babu

    Stable Lad

    Umesh joined us in July 2019 after previosuly working for Henry Candy. He is an experienced rider, loves going racing and always has a smile on his face!

  • Katie Kelly

    Stable Lass

    Katie joined us in May 2019 and is currently our youngest member of the team at just 16 years old. She has ridden ponies all of her life and has also attended the Northern Racing College where she attended a three month course. She has previously worked for Nigel Tinkler and this is her first job in Lambourn since moving here from up North. 

  • Kaci-Jay Osborne

    Stable Lass

    Kaci joined us in September 2019 after graduating from the British Racing School where she was Head Girl during her course. She is an enthusiastic member of the team and has achieved several qualifications including her Level 1 NVQ, aiming to achieve her level 2 whilst gaining experience here at Kingsdown Stables.

  • 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.

    He currently plays a very important role as he leads Agrotera, both at home and as a hack at the races ridden by Andy. He absolutely loves life and gets turned out with Agrotera everyday. We are hoping that he will make an appearance at Royal Ascot this year so watch this space!

  • Ashley Berry

    Farrier

    Ash has has been a qualified farrier since 2009. From the age of 17 he has been a farrier in racing and served his apprenticeship in Newmarket for William Haggas. During his career he has been lucky to experience many highs of racing and opportunities to travel the world with horses to destinations such as Dubai and France. 

    Ash has been the farrier for Ed Walker Racing for 2 years and has enjoyed every part of it especially being part of Ed's first Royal Ascot Winner, Agrotera. He says that the team at Kingsdown Stables is one of the best he has been apart of and is looking forward to the yards first Group 1 winner which he feels isn’t far away! 

    Follow the link to view a Q&A video of Ash: https://gopro.com/v/Db1P9qE1kD6V6

  • Mikael Magnusson

    Chiropractor

    Mikael is a key member of the team as he is not only an owner of 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 each morning and in the evenings around the yard closely followed by his dog Josephine!