Richard rode as an amateur jockey for ten seasons, then deciding to hang up his boots and concentrate on the training of the racehorses. He was a successful point-to-point trainer for many years, with notable successes including a 4-timer at Larkhill racecourse and consecutive winners of the Redmills Intermediate Final at Cheltenham’s hunterchase evening in 2017 and 2018. He completed his BHA trainers course and was granted a combined trainers license in October 2018. His fourth runner gave him his first winner.
Kate Bandey – Trainer’s Wife and Vet
Kate trained at Edinburgh vet school, qualifying in 2001, and has worked in Equine Practice for the majority of the her professional career. She met Richard whilst working as a vet and riding out in racing yards near Winchester. She spreads her time between looking after their four children, building up her own veterinary business and riding out when she finds the time!
Sam Burgess – Head Girl
Sam’s background is in eventing and she continues to compete her ex-racehorses Ash and Will in her spare time. She has worked full time at Plantation Farm since 2015 and is an integral part of our team. She rides out every day and also travels with the horses to the races. Her expertise in schooling horses on the flat and over poles is particularly valuable for the young racehorses and she turns out our runner impeccably, often recognised as winner of the best turned out.
Vicki is excellent at dealing with the young horses and is a huge asset when we are breaking-in youngsters.
Jackie is based in the yard and is rarely seen without a broom in her hands. She is Plantation Farm’s longest serving member of staff and is an integral part of the team.
Dawn Summers – Racing Secretary
Dawn joined us in 2019 and has done a tremendous job in getting everything up to speed!
Lucy Bowman – Work Rider
Lucy is an excellent rider, she worked for showjumper Tim Stockdale in the past and is fantastic at breaking in youngsters, as well as schooling the racehorses and riding work on the gallops.
Charlotte Reid – Yard Manager
Charlotte keeps the yard running smoothly on a day-to-day basis and works alongside Sam to ensure all the horses in our care are kept in the best possible condition.
Veronica Spinkova – Work Rider
Veronica works part time for us as a work rider. She has several years experience riding for different trainers and is a great asset to our team.
Harry Priestly – Farrier
Harry brings a huge amount of expertise to the yard with his farriery skills and is an essential part of the team. He is incredibly talented at his job and has amazing skill at dealing with problematic thoroughbred feet.
Alan Ayre – Maintenance Man
Al keeps the yard in working order as well as emptying the muck trailer, re-stocking the feed area and keeping the paddocks and grass looking neat and tidy!