Our Current Trainers
David O’Meara – Hemsley Farm, York.
David entered the training ranks with a bang in 2010, after a career as a successful NH jockey for 13 years. He rode for Tim Easterby and had a successful partnership with a number of very good horses including Turgeonev and Bells Life. The latter providing him with a notable success in the Foxhunters’ at Aintree in April 2000.
In 2013, David achieved his first season with over 100 winners. He has since managed to replicate this in each of the past 4 seasons. Along with the large numbers of winners, David has had success at the highest level in each of the past 3 seasons also. Group 1 winners G Force, Move In Time, Amazing Maria and Mondialiste have flown the flag for the team at an elite level.
In January 2016, David moved to a purpose built facility on the 120 acre Willow Farm located just outside of York, complete with both All Weather and grass gallops. The philosophy of the yard is very simple. Based on teamwork and putting the welfare of the horse first, the winners will come. Although it does have its disadvantages, as David is always the first in the firing line if things don’t go to plan!
He has had many horses that have a special place in his heart. Blue Bajan gave him his first Group winner, while Penitent won two Group 2′s and finished second in the Prix de la Foret. Having come so close in that Group 1 with Penitent, G Force was the first to break the Group 1 barrier when winning the Haydock Sprint Cup and being voted Champion European Sprinter in 2014.
The transformation of horses, is something David is fast at getting a name for and gaining much respect from the racing world. This is highlighted by the list of Group 1 winners who had all previously been trained elsewhere before reaching the heights they achieved with David.
Jason Ward – Tall Trees Stables – Thirsk, Yorkshire.
R Jay Ward Racing was established in 2010 by Jason Ward after he retired from a long and successful career as a jockey, work rider and assistant trainer.
Jason, who is son of famous Doncaster trainer Bob Ward and grandson to champion jockey Charlie Ward, has ridden more than 500 professional races in his career in all corners of the globe, including the UK, the Scandinavian Circuit, France and Germany. Even riding winners for Lester Piggott! He has also worked as a work rider in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles.
He started his training career as an assistant trainer to James Fanshawe in Newmarket, where he stayed for seven years working with numerous top class horses. He has also worked for some of the biggest stars in the racing world, including Criquette Head (France), Patrick Biancone (Los Angeles), Dave Bell (Toronto and New York), Mick O’Toole (Ireland), Peter Lautner (Germany) and also The Irish Cavalry. The year before he started his own operation he was head lad to Richard Whitaker, when the yard enjoyed its most successful year in more than 10 years.
Jason established his own training business in Middleham in July 2011, where he occupied the town’s most famous yard, Manor House Stables, otherwise known as the Dante Yard.
Dante, the last northern trained Derby winner, was foaled and raised at Manor House Stud but was trained at Manor House Stables, a historic plaque adorns his stable, after his most successful season in 2018 he had out grown his yard and has now taken over Tall Trees Stables just outside Thirsk in 2019.