Our Current Trainers
Katie Scott – Stables Cottage, Galashiels, Scottish Borders.
Having spent my childhood on the hunting field, in the pony club and competing BSJA a progression to working with racehorses came very naturally. The highlights of my pony career include producing the now infamous Jacaranda Prince from a 3 yo to open level and being selected to show jump for Scotland on my coloured mare Overnight Sensation. My parents trained the odd family pointer when I was a child as well as having a couple in training locally with Alistair Whillans.
At 17 I took over the training of the family pointers and then a few years later after spending some time learning in outside yards I turned it into a small business. By 26 I had sent out 19 winners and many placed horses in point-to-points and Hunter chases, priding myself in the horses being exceptionally fit and happy come race day.
Douglas Julian gave me a great start to my professional career racking up a quick chasing Double at Kelso and since then the yard has went from strength to strength. With many winners both National Hunt and on the flat.
I am very fortunate to train in the heart of the Scottish Borders, where the many hills provide natural gallops that the horses love as they are not restricted to the same work every day. This means the young horses are always learning as they are always tackling new hills galloping on fresh ground and seeing different things. It also allows older horses a change in routine, keeping them fresh and happy. The other area which I also work hard is in the schooling of our horses. I feel that regular dressage and schooling over poles keeps horses supple and also keeps their minds occupied as they enjoy a new challenge. It also means they have the groundwork to find a successful job in retirement when the day comes.
I also strive to ensure my horses are always immaculately turned out on race day, as not only does it make the horse and owners feel great but I also think it is brilliant for the image of our sport. The best turned out money is great for buying tea on the way home to!!!
Ben Haslam – Castle Hill Stables – Middleham, Yorkshire.
Welcome to Castle Hill Stables, the home of Ben Haslam and his growing team. Ben has been here since 2010, when he took over the reins from his father, Patrick Haslam, at the young age of 25. Since then, Ben has sent out over 100 winners from the yard, both Flat and National Hunt, including at black type level.
Middleham has long been in Ben’s blood, having lived and worked in the village for over 18 years. He moved to Middleham at the age of 6, watching his father gain huge success during this time. In between his education Ben would ride out, and during a brief spell in the saddle as an amateur, he rode 5 winners from 25 rides (before height and weight put a stop to that!).
After leaving school, Ben branched out in order to gain further experience, travelling to South Africa during his gap year to work with top trainer Joey Ramsden before achieving a place on Sheikh Mohammed’s highly acclaimed Darley Flying Start scholarship.
This took him around the world, including the Curragh in Ireland, Kentucky in America, Sydney in Australia and Godolphin in Dubai, where Ben was taught by the very best in all fields of the thoroughbred industry.
Back in England, Ben spent time with Sir Michael Stoute in Newmarket before finishing his course in 2006, where he returned to Middleham and worked as Assistant Trainer to his father, Patrick, for 3 years.
Since starting training, Ben has gone from strength to strength, with 2019 being his best year to date training 39 winners, with 23 winners on the flat, 16 winners over jumps, and record prize money under both codes of over £300,000.
A small yard with the capacity for 50 horses, each horse is guaranteed individual care and attention, something that can never be undervalued with these finely tuned athletes!