have been racehorses trained in this area for over 200 years but the Cistercian monks of nearby Jervaulx
Abbey were breeding horses long before this. The first documented reference to
racehorses in Middleham was the establishment of Isaac Cape as a jockey in 1733
and he eventually became the first specialist racehorse trainer here. Racing was
established on the High Moor as early as 1739 and meetings were held regularly
during the 18th century. The last race to be held on the Moor was in June
1873 after disputes between trainers and local gait owners (landowners with
grazing rights on the moorland). From then onwards the High Moor has been
used only for training. By then though racing was an important part of Middleham's life and so began the history of famous trainers settling here and
sending out winners at all of the leading meetings in the country. One of those
trainers was Captain Neville Crump who turned out three Grand National
winners from his famous yard Warwick House Stables (Now part of Mark Johnston's
training establishment) - Sheila's Cottage (1948), Teal (1952) and Merryman II
(1960). He also trained five Scottish and two Welsh National winners! Captain
Crump died in 1997 aged 86 and is buried in Middleham cemetery.
At this moment in time there are some fifteen training establishments. With good
modern facilities it continues to prosper as a leading training centre. There
was a time in the late 70s and 80s when Middleham suffered a downturn in
fortunes and there were some empty yards during that period. However the training facilities were improved and Middleham now boasts its own grass and all-weather
gallops on the Low and High Moors.
THE MIDDLEHAM TRAINERS Click on their names to visit those with their own Websites:
Chris and Judy Fairhurst - train at Glasgow House Stables one of Middleham's famous old yards ~ which in 1822 sent out the first four in the St Ledger!
Simon West - Castle Stables is the yard of this trainer - a small, friendly yard with successes in National Hunt racing. Syndicates and partnerships available and welcome.
Jedd O'Keeffe - High Beck, Brecongill, Coverham is the yard of this thriving Middleham trainer of both National Hunt and Flat racehorses. Former assistant to Micky Hammond.
Phil Kirby - trains out of Sharp Hill Farm - another very successful National Hunt and Flat yard.
John Weymes - Ashgill Stables were for 42 years the yard of Ernie Weymes and now his son John has taken over the reins already with many successes. The yard has been re-furbished and restored and can boast excellent facilities as well as being handy for the local Gallops.
Patrick Holmes - Trains out of Little Spigot a modernised and refurbished yard situated between the High and Low Moor gallops. This yard turns out horses for both Flat and National Hunt racing.
Micky Hammond - Oakwood Stables is the yard of this ex jockey now a successful National Hunt trainer
Johnston - Kingsley
House is probably the best know yard here today, home of trainer . With around
180 horses in training and winners of some of the most prestigious Flat races in
the world. He is
the first trainer ever to have 100 winners in ten consecutive
Ben Haslam - Catering for racing throughout the year over both codes. Syndicates welcomed.
Andy Crook - Trains out of Ashgill Yard 2
Karl Burke - of Spigot Lodge where thoroughbreds have been trained since the 1800s
Sally Hall - Brecongill, Coverham, Middleham - One of the oldest training yards in Middleham dating from the 18th century and where has trained since 1969. (no website)
MIDDLEHAM STABLE VISITS
Click on the
link to visit their website where you will find a video of Middleham
and the High and Low Moor gallops along with
information within their website regarding local Accommodation is
incorrect as Jasmine House is no longer a guest house and
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Caring for Racing's People
`Racing Welfare` is an amalgamation of the Stable Lad`s Welfare Trust, The Jockey Club Charitable Trust and Racing Welfare Charities whose aim is to provide support for anyone currently, or previously employed in the thoroughbred horseracing and breeding industries and their dependants. They have Welfare Officers throughout the country. Support comes in the form of help with a wide variety of problems, such as injury, illness, homelessness, claiming benefits, form filling and re-training for those who can no longer work in the racing industry ~ this is the other side of racing ~ For the lads and lasses riding out day in and day out in all weathers takes its toll and premature arthritis and rheumatism are just some of the occupational hazards they have to deal with ~ it is all too easy to take their essential work for granted but, unfortunately, if they become ill or injured few of them have anything to fall back on ! Many aspire to become jockeys but few will make it. The care, patience and time that stable staff invest in a horse's life can be invaluable and pay enormous dividends but their own life in breeding, training and caring for racehorses is neither glamorous nor highly paid and their contribution goes largely unseen and unsung !
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