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.

  • 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 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 Assistant

    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.  During her time at Cirencester, she spent a summer working for SackvilleDonald bloodstock agents where she learnt plenty about the flat bloodstock industry. She has also worked as an eventing groom in New Zealand, aswell as working for Goffs UK and Tweenhills Stud. 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. 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, as well as going racing. She also manages our website and social media to keep everyone up to date on runners and latest news. 

  • Jack Steels

    Head Lad

    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 educating youngsters in the yard, human as well as equine.

  • Charles Guet

    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 out Frankel when he was a yearling! 

    Nicky is always always there to help with a smile on her face and combines the travelling with helping our senior team with 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, including the 3 year old English King who we have high hopes for this year. Matty also reached the final 10 in the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff awards this year in the David Nicholson Newcomer Award. 

     

  • 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.

    Josh has a great sense of humour and can always be relied on to raise morale in the yard with his jokes and banter. He is extremely hard working and a fantastic horseman. His duties include checking legs, feeding, veterinary work and also riding a few lots a day. 

  • 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.

    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. 

    Her favourite horse is our filly Royal Intervention who she rides daily and is very special to her. They have enjoyed much success together so far and Kajsa is very hopeful for the 2020 season.

  • 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 Stormy Antarctic & Indian Blessing regularly 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!

  • 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.

    Jess is a huge part of the travelling team and attends meetings pretty much daily thorooughout the season when Gary is elsewhere. She is also still a big part of the team at home and will be found riding out all morning on the days she is not travelling.

  • 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 rides as an amateur and is proud to say that her first ever ride was a winner! She married Jockey Liam Keniry this year and is a very enthusiastic member of the team.

  • Racheal Kneller

    Work Rider

    Racheal began her career in racing as an amateur and was crowned champion lady jockey two years running on arabs as well as 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 57 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 up and coming 2 and 3 year olds and has high hopes for the 2020 season. 

  • 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 finishing a brilliant 4th. 

    Hannah is a great member of the team and we are really looking forward to seeing her career progress. 

  • 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 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

    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 to ride in the yard is the cheeky Singing Sheriff and they get along very well together. 

  • 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. He could not be more helpful in and around the yard and is a very popular member of the team.

  • Adam Elias

    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. 

  • Eldiiar Chalabaev

    Stable Lad

    Elda grew up in Kyrgyzstan where horses were very much involved in day to day life, mainly used for transport. Horse racing and endurance riding are also popular in the country, which is where Elda's passion for horseracing began. 

    Elda came to England in 2007, where he began working for John Hills, followed by Charlie Eggerton, Warren Greatrex and now Ed Walker Racing. He is an enthusiastic member of the team, very friendly and always has a smile on his face.  

  • Molly Stratton

    Stable Lass

    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.

  • 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 can often be seen leading up at the races.

  • 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 at the races and  the sales and even steps in to the travelling role from time to time.

  • 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 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. 

  • 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 is rarely seen without a smile.

  • Cheryl Wilson

    Stable Lass

    Cheryl brings a wealth of experience to the team. She started out at the British Racing School in 2014 and has since worked a season out in Dubai at Meydan Racecourse, as well as taking part in racehcourse gallops and barrier trials whilst holding a license here in the UK.

    After working for several Lambourn trainers including Archie Watson and Sam and Ali Stronge, Cheryl joined us in January 2020 and we are thrilled to have her on the team here at Kingsdown.  

  • 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.

    Kaci is a very friendly and popular member of the team has come on leaps and bounds in the short time she has been with us. She particulary enjoys riding out and is looking forward to the season and attending plenty of race meetings with our runners.

  • Elouise O'Hart

    Stables Lass

    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 handling 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.  

  • Prahlad Singh Bhati

    Stable Lad

  • Adam Lavergne

    Stable Lad

    Adam joined us in April 2020 and has previously studied at the British Racing School. He has also ridden as an amateur jump jockey and worked for Charlie Mann in Lambourn before starting here. He is originally from Ireland and brings plenty of experience in all aspects of racing to the team.  

  • Callum Puckett

    Stable Lad

    Callum started with us in May 2020 having previously studied at the British Racing School. He then went on to work for Mick Channon before moving to Lambourn. Aside from racing, Callum enjoys football and sports and in the future would love to become a jockey. 

  • Sarah Williams

    Stable Lass

    Sarah started at Ed Walker Racing in May 2020 and has always been involved in racing. Having studied at the British Racing School, she has previously worked for Luca Cumani in Newmarket, followed by Mick Channon. 

     

  • 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. 

  • Shauna McLoughlin

    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. 

  • Olivia Testa

    Stable Lass

    Olivia started with us in May 2020 having just graduated from The British Racing School aged 17. She has previously worked in showjumping and now looks forward to working in a racing yard, in particular travelling the horses to the races. 

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.