Susan Corbett has had a combined Flat & National Hunt training licence for eight years. Coming from a non horsey background she bought her first pony age 13 and things have snowballed from there. Training first as a teacher and then spending 17 years in the Newspaper industry – Susan went on to run a successful stud farm with husband Frank. The transition from Stud to Racing happened when Susan decided she needed a new challenge.
The yard has a reputation for getting the best from the horses in their care whatever their ability.
Jamie has been brought up with horses when we were just a Stud Farm. It was a toss up whether he went down the stud route or racing – that was decided when he visited the British Racing School in Newmarket.
Jamie worked for several trainers before settling back here as our Conditional jockey to win 27 races and be placed 147 times. He now works in a hands on role as the assistant trainer.
Travelling Head Lass
Emma is from Kelso in the Scottish Borders and has always had a love of horses. Emma started working for Sandy Thompson before joining us in 2016.
As Travelling Head Lass, Emma has won best turned out awards with great regularity which is testament to her attention to detail when caring for the horses on the yard and at the races. In 2021, Emma was one of ten top nominees for the Godolphin Stud and Stable staff awards.
Ross is from Galashiels where working with horses is a second nature! Ross joined the Army when he was 18 and saw the world. He had already been bitten by the racing bug when riding out for the late Peter Monteith and came into racing when he left the Army.
He has worked for different trainers – including John Quinn as his second Travelling Head Lad. Ross brings a wealth of Flat experience to the yard but his heart still lies with the jumpers.
Will was always interested in ponies when he was younger. He decided to go to Racing school after working for Kenny Johnson and went on to work for trainers such as Ben Haslam and Rebecca Menzies.
Will has been with us for over a year now as a work rider.
Groom & Yardperson
Kiara joined us in December and does yard duties including grooming the racehorses. Kiara enjoys riding and has spent time on Ranches in Canada and working on an eventing yard locally.
Kirstie Dodd and Sophie Coulson
Sophie and Kirstie work at Girsonfield on Sundays. They have been with us for quite a few years and are very competent in the job they do on turning horses out and on and on walker as well as mucking out. The work the girls do now means that the regular staff all get Sundays off – unless we are racing of course!
Malin comes to the yard for work experience and is very keen to follow his heart and be a jockey. Malin is very focussed and helps out on the yard whenever he can.