Our Trainers

Ruth Jefferson – Nr Malton, N’ Yorkshire.

Ruth has grown up with racing and is both trainer and breeder, with the Jefferson name being associated with winners at Cheltenham and Aintree. 

Her facilities and her enthusiasm for the sport makes her the ideal trainer for groups of people keen on experiencing all aspects of racing at first hand. 

Ruth is a Grade 1-winning trainer with a strike-rate comparable to those in the top bracket. The added benefit of having involvement in the breeding side of the game is an asset when it comes to finding syndicate horses of the future.

Joe Tizzard – Nr Wincanton, Somerset.

Joe took over the license in 2022, having played an integral role at Team Tizzard, initially as stable jockey and also as assistant to his father Colin.

The yard had the privilege of three of jump racing’s superstars in Cue Card (nine Grade 1 wins including a King George VI Chase, Ryanair Chase, Betfair Bowl and Champion Bumper), Native River (Cheltenham Gold Cup, Hennessy Gold Cup and Welsh Grand National) and Thistlecrack (King George VI Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle). 

Joe has made a smooth transition in taking full charge, training the Welsh Grand National runner-up and winning the Grade 2 Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase in his first season.

Tom Symonds – Hentland, Herefordshire.

Former longtime assistant to Nicky Henderson in the days of Sprinter Sacre and Long Run, among other stars of the jumping game.

Tom left Seven Barrows with a strong reputation when starting training in 2011 in Herefordshire. 

He soon made an impact when stable star Song For Someone won the Bula Hurdle at Cheltenham. His approach is testament to his thorough knowledge and understanding of horses and pedigrees. He is also great company and his yard always offers a very warm welcome.

Tom also takes a keen interest in breeding and is a member of the National Hunt Committee of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association.

Chris Honour – Ashburton, Devon.

Former jockey Chris Honour began training in 2020, achieving an excellent 20% strike-rate in his first season. From a stable of 12 horses he has had three notable performers; Grumpy Charley is a multiple winner who raced at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals, Tile Tapper is Grade 1-placed over hurdles, while Mayhem Mia won three of her first six before contesting the Mares’ Novice at Cheltenham.

Chris is a hands-on trainer who rides and schools most of the horses at home. His stables on the southern edge of Dartmoor are easily accessed off the A38 and Chris’s passion and enthusiasm for his horses will soon be evident to visitors at the yard. For longer-travelling syndicate members, his attached holiday cottage can be booked at a preferential rate for owners too!

Owen Burrows – Lambourn, Berkshire.

Owen has learned his trade from the best in flat racing. He spent 12 years as assistant trainer to Sir Michael Stoute, during which time the stable sent out the winners of three Derbies and an Arc.  

Via a season with Barry Hills, Owen took out a license to become a salaried trainer for Shadwell. Hukum, a brother to Baeed, secured a first Royal Ascot win and Owen also trained 2,000 Guineas 2 nd Massaat and 1,000 Guineas 4 th Talayeb. His strike-rate has been the best of any flat trainer in Lambourn and up there with the best in the country.

Now that Owen has started training for other owners, we are excited to be teaming up with him. His Shadwell-owned facilities are first-class.