Jockeys and Work Riders
Derek joined Arlary in October 2013. At that time he had ridden 27 winners, principally for Noel Kelly and Mark Mcniff. Derek caught our eye when winning on the good mare Charlie's Vic and is an excellent schooling jockey at home. He had his first winner for us on The Friary at Hexham in November 2013 and has continued to have winners for us, in particular over fences. Derek has experience backing youngsters and riding some of the more complicated horses at home. Derek trained his own point to pointer, Chaz Michaels, last season to great success. With Peter Buchanan's retirement in April 2016, Derek has taken on the mantle of stable jockey and his enthusiasm for getting each horse ready for its race is contagious.
Grant joined us in the Summer of 2009 having ridden with success in pony races. He held his amateur license until Spring 2011 when he turned conditional. As an amateur he partnered Quinder Spring to a six timer in point to points, winning the Wilkinson Sword award for best under 21 grentleman point to point rider. At home Grant schools the horses, helps with the breaking in and rides the horses in their fast work up the gallops. He spent part of the summer of 2012 and 2013 in France riding for trainer Emmanuel Clayeux. Grant enjoys a round of golf, cycling and spending time with friends when he is not racing.
Alexander came to Arlary from Richard Faheys in January 2016. He had ridden a couple of times on the flat, but with a background in showing and cross country he was keen to take out his jumps conditional license. Alex rode his first winner on Urban Kode at Perth in May 2016 using his ten pound claim to great advantage.
Blair joined us in the summer of 2016, riding out and keen to take out his conditional license again. He had previously ridden winners in point to points, where he was the Northern Area novice champion and under rules including for Alistair Whillans and Nick Alexander. Blair has had a good grounding with bringing on young horses, and in his spare times he likes to head to the golf course.
Stephen is a very proficient conditional who joined us from Nick Alexanders in the summer of 2016. Previously working for John Oxx, Nicky Richards and Maurice Barnes, Stephen brings plenty of experience and has a great way with the horses. He is a great asset at home and on the track.
Maisie has a background in eventing and tetrathlon and joined us as her first job in racing in the summer of 2015. She has embraced the different sport and having completed her stage two at the British Racing School has now got her sights set on becoming a jockey. She will ride as an amateur in point to points in 2017 and is turning into a proficient schooling jockey.
Part Time Work Rider
Lea studied at Art school in Italy, then moved to Sligo in Ireland with her family. She has riden all her life and has showjumpers at home. She started last summer at Mark Mcniffs racing yard and the lure of warm summers and cold winters has brought her to Scotland. She is a competant work rider and also often leads up at the races.
Work Rider and Assistant Yard Manager At Arlary
Beth joined us on work experience in July 2013 and has stayed ever since. She is an organised sensible girl who oversees the yard at Arlary first thing in the morning, feeding and checking over the horses. She rides out and uses the therapy machines on any horses who need them, reporting back any problems to the yard managers. In the summer of 2014 she attended the British Racing School for her foundation course and was promoted to assistant yard manager at Arlary in November 2014. Beth's hobbies include shopping and spending time with her friends and family.
Work Rider & Part Time Secretary
Gemma joined us in November 2014 having worked in various yards, including in an animal rescue centre in South Africa. An outgoing girl she rides out and helps Tracy in the office in afternoons. In September 2015 Gemma attended the work riders course at Newmarket Racing School. Gemma is a keen gardner in her spare time as well as being a qualified masseuse.
Part Time Work Rider
Erin works here part time and is a very efficient reliable work rider. She also helps with the yard at Kilduff, and will give Tracy a hand in the office if it is busy. Erin works part time at Perth racecourse, looking after sponsors and owners in the padddock. On 31st May 2015 Erin gave birth to a baby boy Logan a brother for Emily, and she returned to riding out part time in February 2016.