GGH

RACING

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Kathryn Dennys - Head Girl

Kat has been a vital part of the GGH Racing team since October 2009, when she joined us after a spell of working in Germany.

Coming from an Eventing and Dressage background Kat is an excellent horsewoman, who still competes successfully at Affiliated Level Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing.

Kat has attained NVQ Level 3 in Horse Care & Training and brings with her a wealth of practical experience.

Gail Haywood - Trainer

Having ridden ponies since the age of 5 and being obsessed with horse racing before then, Gail started to ride out at the age of 13, for renowned horseman and trainer Neil Kernick (son of the legendary Sid Kernick, who has recently been described on Channel 4 Racing by Sir Mark Prescott as "..a genius").

Taking Mr Kernick's advice to gain as much experience as possible and to learn as much as possible from as many different people as she could, Gail has ridden out and worked for over 13 different trainers over a 25 year period and rode Point to Pointing whilst studying at University.

For two seasons Gail was Senior Work Rider for Mr Paul Keane at Conkwell Grange. This also found her travelling to the races, when the horses ran and acting as Second Assistant. In this time she learnt an extraordinary amount and gained valuable experience from a very successful Trainer.

After a relocation to Dartmoor in 2004 Gail started as Work Rider for Mr Victor Dartnall, again learning a vast amount, and later took on the role of Racing Secretary. This has given her valuable experience of paperwork side of Racing and how to run the business side of a Racing Yard.

In 2007 Gail relinquished her position as Racing Secretary to Mr Dartnall to fulfill a lifetime's ambition to train her own horses and GGH racing was born.

Now in its seventh season GGH Racing has gone from strength to strength, with the granting of a Full National Hunt Licence in 2014. In 2014 our winning strike rate was 25%.

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Stephen Turner - Work Rider and Amateur Jockey

Stephen has been working with us on a Part-time basis for nearly a year. He has a great understanding of racehorses and is a fabulous, caring and sensitive horseman.

Stephen splits his days working between us a Top Flat Trainer Rod Millman. At Mr Millman’s he is responsible for breaking in and bringing on all the young horses.

He has recently started riding Point to Pointing as an Amateur Jockey on our schoolmaster Brannoc (aka Ned), with a view to becoming a Professional Jockey in the future.

Stephen is a super young gentleman, a great asset and an important part of our team.

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Bill McColl – Assistant Trainer

Bill joined GGH Racing in 2010, after deciding to change careers. He is an accomplished horseman and has built up a great relationship and understanding of the horses we have in our care.

At home Bill plays a vital role in the day to day running of the yard and rides out every day, as well as being responsible for the maintenance and on occasion bespoke construction of our schooling facilities. Recently, when required, he created a French Hurdle from scratch, so that our horses would be familiar with the obstacles at a racecourse we had not visited before.

At the races Bill insists on leading up. This ensures your horse is looked after by someone he/she knows and trusts. Bill always takes great care to look his best at the races, and makes great effort to wear a suit and tie (in the Owners colours) to make sure he and your horse do you proud in the parade ring.

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