MEET THE TEAM
OUR AWESOME TEAM
Aidan is our yard jockey and is from Cork in Ireland. He has no racing background other than his older brother Kevin was a jockey and is now a trainer in Ireland. His parents are both school teachers and he loves sport but doesn’t play many. Italian food is his favourite and Aidan loves reading either autobiography’s or crime fiction.
Rex joined the yard as a seven-pound claimer in summer 2018, and starts the 2020/21 season on the 58-winner mark.
Rex enjoyed Cheltenham Festival success last season in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, and also partnered Coquelicot (pictured) to win the Listed Mares’ NHF Final for our sponsors.
Rex will be looking to ride out his claim this season and is still able to take off a helpful three pounds.
Ben is one of our conditional jockeys and has been with us since September 2019. He started off pony racing, then graduated to point to pointing, and has had 13 wins so far under rules. Ben has just signed a contract with our yard sponsor Geegeez.co.uk, and is still able to claim a valuable 7lbs at this point. He is a very promising rider and is a great character to have in the yard. Ben lives locally and is from a farming family that has been involved in racing for many generations.
Joss is our Travelling Head Lad and joined us in 2018. He is married to Aimee, who he met here at Potwell. In their time off they enjoy going for long walks and making the most of the nearby beaches. Before working at Potwell he had been transporting dressage horses internationally. He is very organised, and very calm in a crisis. You will see a little more of Joss this season as he will be helping here at the yard with owners when they visit.
Lisa joined us in 2016 and is our Head Lass – she has had that role since 2017. Lisa has contributed massively to the increasing success of Anthony Honeyball Racing over the last few seasons. She helps Anthony with the day to day running of the yard, as well as looking after any veterinary requirements that the horses have as well as the organisation of the team. She doesn’t like to say that she has a favourite horse, but we know that Gustavian and Sam Brown get extra Polos.
Aimee is based in the yard. She is married to Joss, and they have young Will who is just over a year old. Aimee also has 2 daughters and the family have just moved nearer to the yard. They have 2 cats and a dog, and Aimee loves dog walks around the coast and countryside, and baking when she’s not busy running the family household. Her favourite horse on the yard is Fanfaron Dino.
Ali works part time and is a vital cog in the machine. He is very knowledgeable and has years of valuable experience with racehorses. He works in the yard as well as riding out and goes racing when needed. Ali has lived in Somerset for the last 2 years, with his understanding wife and 2 children
Dawn works in the yard riding out as well as helping Anthony and Rachael with Harry and Hattie. She will also go racing when needed .
Dawn has worked in racing for 31 years (although she doesn’t look older than 30!), with David Elsworth, Richard Barber and Paul Nicholls. She has 2 children – James is Head Lad for James Fanshawe and Aimee is head
Ellese joined us from the British Racing School in December having worked for us in her school holidays. She lives locally with her family and is a very happy, enthusiastic member of the team. Ellese works full time, in the yard, riding out and going racing.
Ellese competes her own horses, going eventing and show
Fred joined us recently as a work rider. He has previously worked for Polly Gundry and we are very pleased to have him in the team, until he goes back to Harper Adams University in October. He is doing a Masters in Mechanical Engineering.
Fred grew up competing for the Cotley Pony Club and goes hunting whenever he can.
Gemma (sister of Lisa) has been with us since 2018, having worked with racehorses for about 15 years. She is a very experienced work rider and can ride any horse in the yard. Gemma has just got engaged to local farmer Martyn and is planning to get married next August. When she is not at work, she competes her own horses in eventing.
Katherine oversees the yard with Lisa’s guidance and is very efficient and conscientious. She is now into her 3rd season at Potwell having joined the team in February 2019, and commutes from Weymouth each day. She really enjoyed being part of the record breaking 2019 / 20 season and is looking forward to the season ahead. She loves working with all the horses and her favourite is Unbridled Light.
Kayleigh joined us from the British Racing School last season.
She is quiet on the outside but very bubbly inside! She enjoys being at the coast, swimming in the sea and loves pasta. Our grey and chestnut horses are her favourites, hence the photo with Don Lami, who she loves.
Mike has just joined us as a work rider. He was Assistant Trainer to Harry Fry for 3 years, as well as having a very successful 10 year amateur jockey career. We are delighted to have his invaluable experience on our team, as he combines it with milking his father’s cows in the afternoons and continuing his race riding.
Mike is married to our former Travelling Head Lass, Danni, and they have 2 gorgeous children, Josh and Maisie.
Orla has just joined us as a full-time member of the team, having done her training at the British Racing School, and is settling in really well. She is originally from Northern Ireland and is gradually riding different horses to build her confidence and skill. Orla left school at 16, working for Marks and Spencer for 5 years before a career change. She is very chatty and enjoys responsibility. Her dream has always been to work in the horseracing industry, and she is enjoying learning everyday in the yard, and from the team.
Sam has joined us this season as a work rider. He has just finished school (just had his A Level results !!) and was meant to be on a gap year travelling around the world – which Covid put paid to. Sam is a great character, and a very refreshing, “life is never dull” personality to have round the yard. He has ridden for most of his life and is enjoying the challenge of riding racehorses.
Lucy joined the team here at Potwell over eight years ago, to help with the accounts and the management of the office. She grew up in West Dorset and her family have been involved in horse racing for many years – they bred and own Sam Brown, and his full sister Call Me Cracker. Lucy and her husband, Jeremy, have shares in Ucanaver and Coquelicot, and Jeremy runs the newly formed Wessex Racing Club. When she’s not at work you will find her gardening or out walking the dogs.
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Sophie first joined us in 2018, before leaving to have her second baby, then returning in 2019. She works in the office on a Monday and Friday. She is from a farming, not a horseracing background (although her mother worked for Martin Pipe).
Sophie is married to Will – an Agricultural Contractor, lives in the local village, and has 2 lovely children, Ruby and Archie. She is learning the ropes from Lucy, and picks things up very quickly!
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Sarah grew up in the hunting world and then travelled the USA and Europe as a groom. She returned to the UK to hunt and team chase, then got the racing bug. She worked for the Tizzard family in the days when Colin was a jockey, and went from there to Richard Barber for some amazing years. Sarah lives locally and has 2 children, Toby – working in Ireland, and Ruby who is at school. Sarah brings a huge amount of experience and knowledge to the yard.
Sarah has joined us this season and is riding out and working in the yard. She rode competition until she was 16, and then gave that up to have her 2 children, Connor and Ellese. She has spent years as groom to Ellese, who now works for us. Sarah is loving riding out racehorses, and really enjoys meeting new people. She is a great personality, and always smiling.