Team

Clare Bailey

Clare is married to Kim. As well as looking after their son Archie, she rides out every day and plays an important part in making Thorndale Farm the special place it is.

Mat Nicholls - Assistant Trainer

Mat started working at Thorndale Farm in 2008 when he came as Head Lad/Assistant and in 2015 became Kim's full time Assistant.

Mat started out in racing working for Nigel Twiston-Davies (TFFFN) and after six years having moved up the ranks, Mat spent a further six years as Head Lad to Tom George. He then joined Carl Llewellyn for a season as his number 2 but was lured back to the Cotswolds.

Away from racing Mat is an avid Nottingham Forest supporter and if the racing is not on you can guarantee he'll be watching his team!

Archie Bailey - Pupil Assistant!

Archie when he is not at a school is in the yard on a daily basis and spends most of his time either riding out or helping (annoying) Mat.

He loves being in the yard and around the horses and is looking to make a career out of racing. ps his father hopes not.

George Savill - Head Lad

George has returned to Thorndale Farm as our Head Lad having previously worked here for 3 years. He has previously worked for John Best where he acheived his biggest racing career highlight leading up Elspeths Boy in the 2000 Guineas.

George will be assisting Matt with the daily running of the yard and shall look after What a Baloo, Those Tiger Feet and The Edgar Wallace.

Leigh Pollard - Travelling Head Lass

Leigh is Travelling Head girl and turns out the horses immaculately which is shown by the huge number of Best Turned Out prizes she wins regularly. Previously worked for David Redvers at Tweenhills Stud and worked for Phil York in Surrey who trained point to pointers before starting work for us.

She has a few horses of her own including Charles who was trained by Kim and she looked after whilst in training.

Stevie Broadhouse - Second Travelling Head Lass

Stevie joined us in July 2015 after spending six months at Derek Shaws. Prior to this, Stevie completed the British Racing School course and spent two years at the Racing School at Halesowen College where she completed a course in Animal Care and Management. Currently Stevie is progressing through her NVQ3 qualification with the British Racing school.

Originally from Wolverhampton, Stevie loves working in racing as she enjoys working outside and could never see herself working in an office. Perth is Stevie's favourite racecourse as the accommodation and food is great. Her biggest highlight so far has been leading up at The Festival and with Stevie’s promotion to second travelling head lass, we imagine she will be creating many more highlights this coming season.

Liam Higgins - Tractor Driver/Gallop Man

Liam is better known as ‘Higgs’ and comes from Ireland. He originally worked there for the famous PP Hogan and rode in point to points for him. Higgs started working for Kim in 1980 when he first started training and was based in East Ilsley.

Bar an 18 month spell with Jimmy Neville in Wales, he has been with Kim ever since. As well as riding out, he breaks in all the young horses and is in charge of looking after the wonderful gallop.

Higgs was shortlisted for the Stable and Stud Staff Awards 2007, where he was runner-up in the Special Merit/Hero category. He greatly deserves this recognition (Photo courtesy of Arnhel de Serra)

Kate Paddock - Stable Lass

Kate comes from Monmouth and has worked previously with showjumpers but this is her first job in racing.  She worked for Eric Winter and Justin Tuff but has always wanted to work with racehorses.

Kate has had horses for the last fifteen years and currently has her own horse who she competes Show Jumping in her own time.

Will Hodkinson - Stable Lad

Originally from Nottingham, Will joined us in July 2018 after completing a course at the Northern Racing College and this is his first job in racing.

Leading up Younevercall when he won at both Ascot and Sandown have been his highlights so far! Will enjoys getting to ride his horses everyday and taking them to the races, his favourite course being Ascot as it is so big and amazing to lead up at.

Lauren Birch - Stable Lass

Lauren Birch previously worked for Showjumper Caren Nichol at European Sports Horses, studied a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management at Hartpury College before joining us in October.

Lauren Jack - Stable Lass

Lauren Jack is 22 and comes from Jedburgh in the Scottish borders. Lauren has worked in racing for over 5 years, previously for Micky Hammond and Nicky Richards.

Lauren Keen-Hawkins - Stable Lass

Lauren has joined us after completing her 9 week training course at the British Racing School and this is her first job in racing.

Previously Lauren worked for a horse dealer bringing on youngsters for sale and regularly competed in showjumping and cross country riding her aunt’s horses.


Elizabeth Laycock - Stable Lass

Elizabeth is from Western Australia, her childhood hobby of competing with Show horse’s gave a love of thoroughbreds and led to the racing industry. Elizabeth made the decision to move to the UK to further develop her skills and for the great experience of being involved in British racing.

Kaya Scott - Stable Lass

Kaya has previously worked for Mick Channon and Victor Dartnall.

Jasmine Swatton-Andrews - Stable Lass

Jasmine has previously worked freelance for showjumper Jonathan Bowman, along with Swiss eventing. Living over in Blunsdon, Swindon, Jasmine has two horses of her own which she competes at the weekends.

Hebe Lanyon - Work Rider

Hebe was born and brought up in Bahrain where Endurance and Flat Racing are huge sports, she does not come from a horsey family but has always ridden. After realising endurance wasn’t for her and following a small stint working with horses in South Africa, Hebe got her first job in racing at a very small Point to Point and Hunting yard in the Cotswolds where she worked for 3 seasons.


Hebe has really enjoyed getting to know the horses at Kim’s and is looking forward to learning more about racing.

Bailey’s Blog

16-09-2019 07:02:25 in General by Admin
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