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 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 leads them on our old warrior Dannios!
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 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.
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.
Andy joined Ed Walker Racing in 2016 as an Assistant Head Lad after working for Keith Dalgleish back in his hometown in Scotland. Here he was Barn Manager and also travelled up and down the country representing the yard on race days. Andy's aspirations in racing have always been to train one day and he absolutely loves learning on the job and celebrating team success.
Since being here, Andy's responsibilities have grown. He will represent the yard on race days when needed, assists in feeding, veterinary care and plays a big part in ensuring the day to day running of the yard runs smoothly. Always willing to learn and muck in, Andy is a real people person with a great sense of humour and always has a smile on his face. His highlight since being here in particular was seeing Agrotera win at Royal Ascot in 2018 and he is excited for more Group winners in the future!
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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 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'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 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 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!
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!
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.
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 2017, 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.
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.
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 loves life leading the youngsters and being turned out everyday with the fillies!