Our Trainers

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!