James Ewart Racing Ltd was founded in 2004 as a Flat and National Hunt racing yard: initially buying and selling French horses to U.K. owners whilst establishing training facilities. Amongst his early purchases were Dark Ben and My Way de Solzen. James has particularly strong links with France resulting in a high proportion of French horses in the yard but has also had great success with Irish and English horses. He has trained multiple Bumper, Hurdle and Chase winners with some horses winning 12 times and he is always striving to improve the quality of his string.
James was brought up around horses all his life and as a child enjoyed jumping large hedges on small ponies in the Wynnstay country! Teenage stints followed with work experience at Nicky Henderson, John Leadbetter and Jonjo O’Neill followed by a course at the Royal Agricultural College studying Land Management. Then on to Ferdy Murphy for three years as Amateur Assistant and over to France for four years with Guillaume Macaire as Assistant Trainer - some highlights being Champion Amateur Jockey 2000 and taking Jair du Cochet on his UK raids.
Briony spent her childhood under the tutelage of the legendary East Anglian trainer ‘EAP’ – Miss Pickard. Highlights included winning the Champion East Anglian Native Working Hunter Pony and twice qualifying as an individual for the Pony Club Eventing Championships.
At the Royal Agricultural College (now University) she met James and spent a summer in France with Guillaume Macaire before working for two years at the Shadwell Stud and in 2004 helped James set up James Ewart Racing. She has been responsible for breaking in and producing many winners including Wilde Pastures, Open De L’Isle and Capital Venture. Briony still continues with breaking in, is a regular work rider and helps with the horses at the races. As a hobby she enjoys competing on Neil Ewart’s homebred Fells whose bloodlines go back 60 years.
David Macleod – Head Lad
David has spent a lifetime in racing and has worked at Newmarket and at Middleham with Mark Johnston. He has a wealth of experience in all aspects of horse management and their wellbeing and is a vital member of the team. He looks after Aristo du Plessis and Nikgarde.
John Ambrose (Yard Manager) - John has been with us ten years now and manages one ofthe yards including Aristo du Plessis and Charmant. He has meticulous standards and nebulises all the runners.
Liam Berridge - (work Rider) - Liam is a very experienced rider and was with us when we started so it is great he has re-joined us.
Amy Elliot (Part time) - Amy has joined the excellent new Scottish Racing Academy programme and will have two days per week at Borders College and the remainder working in the stables. She had her first pony race ride before the premature end to the season finishing 4th
Rosie Ford (Work Rider) - Rosie is a Cirencester graduate who is an accomplished rider and is experienced in eventing, hunting and breaking
Steven Fox (Work Rider) - Steven has been with us since 2017 and is a skilled horseman who has ridden lots of winners for the yard and is a valuable member of the team.
Tom Frost (work Rider) - Tom is an experienced rider who has worked for his father Kevin Frost, Nicky Henderson, Harry Dunlop and at Shadwell.
Tanith Lang (Work Rider) - Tanith is a local lady who has been around horses all her life and used to ride out point-to-pointers locally.
Rachael McDonald - Rachael joined us this season and turned conditional in 2007 and has never look back. She has already won for the stable and still holds a valuable 5lb allowance.
Thomas McKay (Work Rider) - Thomas is very experienced and is a valued work rider.
Sarah Poole (Part time senior staff) – Sarah is an excellent and accomplished horsewoman who is a very successful show jumper and eventer. She does all the clipping and assists David Macleod.
Travelling Head Lass
Racing Accounts Manager
Chloe Aitken - Office Assistant