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Racing & Bloodstock
Tina Pearson

Tina Pearson

Position: Head Girl
Joined Newstead: 2000

Tina attended Bishop Burton College and completed her NVQ Levels 1 and 2 before joining Newstead. Prior to that she worked at Langton Riding School. She is an invaluable member of the team and we would be lost without her!

Lee Gibson

Lee Gibson

Position: Groom
Joined Newstead: 2002

Lee attended the Northern Racing College in 1999 and joined the team in 2002 following three years with James Hetherton. He completed his NVQ Levels 1 and 2 and although left for a short period to work out side of racing he has been back with us full time since November 2009. A great asset to the team.

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Martin Coleman

Position: Yard Man
Joined Newstead: 2019

Martin made the classic mistake of emailing to see if I had any work available. I did and he is now an integral part of the team. Working mornings, Martin keeps the day running smoothly, ensures all the little jobs are done and does the majority of maintenance around the yard.

Shannon Matthewson

Shannon Mathewson

Position: Groom
Joined Newstead: 2019

Shannon joined us on completion of the foundation course at the Northern Racing College. She has competed at show jumping prior to joining the racing industry and has settled in nicely.

Connor Dougal

Connor Dougal

Position: Groom
Joined Newstead: 2018

Connor is another to join us on completion of the foundation course at the Northern Racing College. He has plenty of riding experience having attended pony club, hunted and more notably has competed at pony racing. He rides well and is another good young addition to the team.

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Tom Jefferson-Smith

Position: Yard Person
Joined Newstead: 2018

Tom is Ruth’s nephew and works here on a Saturday and through the holidays as he is currently at College studying for his A Levels. Despite not having a lot of experience with horses Tom has learnt to do all the aspects of the job including mucking out and brushing over on an evening.

Noel Scaling

Noel Scaling

Position: Secretary
Joined Newstead: 2000

Noel has an abundance of experience from 17 years spent working in numerous offices prior to becoming self-employed in 1998.  His first secretarial job in horseracing was for the late Jimmy Fitzgerald. He has several bookkeeping jobs for local trainers including Wendy Hoggards, White Rose Saddlery. Noel was also secretary for the Malton Racing Association.

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Position: Work Rider
Joined Newstead: 1995

Steve was our head lad from November 1995 to April 2003 before leaving to pursue other jobs outside of racing. He now works as a stalls handler during the Flat Turf season and rides out for us during the winter.

John Gregory

John Gregory

Position: Groom
Joined Newstead: 2014

Although a competent rider, John had very little hands-on experience with racehorses when he joined us. He settled in well and adjusted admirably. Following a short stint away in 2018 he is back with us.

Jamie Hamilton

Jamie Hamilton

Position: Jockey
Joined Newstead: 2015

Jamie comes in a couple of times a week to ride out and school and we’re delighted to have him as part of the team. A talented young rider, he was a regular on the pony racing circuit prior to leaving school and a successful career riding in Point-to-Points and as an amateur, under both codes, followed before he turned professional in 2014. He will ride a lot for us this season.

Aiden Blakemore

Aiden Blakemore

Position: Conditional Jockey
Joined 2017

Prior to joining us Aiden was with Shaun Harris and had experience riding on the flat and over jumps. Now concentrating on jumping, he has ridden well for us and gained an important first win for the yard on Card Game at Hexham in May 2018.