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.
Steven Fox – Conditional Jockey
Steven is our Conditional Jockey who has been with us since August 2017 and has enjoyed plenty of success during that time. His 5lb allowance is very useful.
Tom Forsyth – Amateur Jockey
We look forward to Tom riding our horses in Hunter Chases. He started off in Point-to-Points and is a keen show jumper and an excellent horseman so he will be a valuable part of our team.
Byron Ambrose (Work Rider)
John Ambrose (Yard Manager) - John has been with us seven years and has both Aristo du Plessis and Civil Unrest in his yard with 31 wins between them. He has meticulous standards and nebulises all the runners.
Sam Cottrill (Part time stable staff) – Sam left school early to join the team and is a talented rider.
Emrah Dogan (Work rider) - Emrah worked with Godolphin and is a very experienced rider.
Iain Earsman (Yard Manager) – Iain is a very experienced horseman and manages a yard including Ettila de Sivola.
Daina Harvey (Work rider) – Daina is her fifth season with us and has won her first flapping race on the flat and is a skilled horsewoman.
Tommy Harvey (Yard man)
Lorna Hellam (Part time stable lass)
Ross Herbert (Professional driver away racing)
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.
Petr Vencel (Work rider) – Petr is an experienced Czech work rider.
Poppy Wilson (Work rider) – Poppy is a very good rider who has graduated from the British Racing School.
Sarah Wilson (Work rider) – Sarah is a talented rider who is another graduate from the British Racing School.