Spring Cottage Stables

Langton Road

Norton

Malton

North Yorkshire

YO17 9PY

Office: 01653 690004

Fax: 01653 690008

Mobile: 07785 747426

Email: office@brianellisonracing.co.uk

The Team

Claire Ellison - Brian’s wife & business partner

Behind every successful man there is a great woman! That may not be true in all cases but couldn’t be more on the mark here and Brian is the first to acknowledge the massive role his wife Claire plays in the running of the business.

Claire is very much hands-on, assisting Brian with the day-to-day running of a busy racing yard. And it is Claire and Brian who are up at the crack of dawn every day to feed their 100 plus horses breakfast. Whether it’s confirming declarations at deadline or cooking breakfast for visiting owners in their warm and welcoming spacious kitchen, Claire is constantly involved.

She plays a vital part in the heart monitoring of the horses too, translating the individual readings and assessing the data and she regularly accompanies Brian to the races.

However a point to note; Claire has a Black Belt in mixed Martial Arts!

Birthplace: Consett, Co. Durham

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? April 2001

Favourite Horse/s: It's like having children, you can't have favourites but outside of ours: Best Mate, Makybe Diva, Black Caviar and the awesome Frankel - they all gave me goosebumps!

Likes: Food, Christmas, Hugs from the grandkids

Dislikes: smell of cigarettes, small children walking down a road behind the adult or the adult not watching

Superstitions? Single magpie, Breaking mirrors, Walking under ladders

Hobbies: Martial Arts, Gardening, Cooking

Favourite Film: Cinderella Man
TV: Any wildlife program, The New Dallas, Mr Selfridge
Music: Any 80's
Food: Everything except sauerkraut, marmalade & jellied eels

Jessica Bell – Assistant Trainer

Jessica is Brian’s stepdaughter and was brought up around the horses. She is hard working, dedicated, reliable and conscientious and from a very young age has been assisting Brian with the training of the horses. She takes over the reins in Brian’s absence and does a cracking job.

Birthplace: Consett, Co. Durham

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? 2008

Favourite Horse/s: Pendragon, Baraweez, Titus Titan, Top Notch Tonto

Likes: My job

Dislikes: Disorganisation

Superstitions? Single Magpies

Hobbies: Don't have time

Favourite Film: Secretariat
TV: The Soaps
Music: All Music
Food: Steak and mash with peppercorn sauce

Laura Wilson - Head Girl

Laura joined the team in January 2014 and is reliable, conscientious and dedicated to the job. In Rachel’s absence (Rachel is currently on maternity leave), we had no hesitation in asking Laura to fill the role of Head Girl. She has taken on additional responsibilities and is doing a fantastic job.

Birthplace: Beverley

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? January 2014

Favourite Horse/s: Webbow, Top Of The Glas, Vodka Wells, Baraweez, Silver Glaze

Likes: My job, race-riding, Been happy, pleasing people, having fun!

Dislikes: Creepy crawleys, Lazy people, Fighting

Superstitions? Black cats, Magpies, Ladders

Hobbies: Keeping fit, Zumba, Socialising

Favourite Film: Fifty Shades Of Grey, Dumb And Dumber, War Horse, Twilight, Hunger Games
TV: Jeremy Kyle, Hollyoaks, The 100, Talent shows
Music: All Music
Food: Roast dinner, Steak, Cheese

Andrew Robertson – Travelling Head Lad

Andy has been with us since November 2004 and is like part of the furniture!

A familiar face at the races, he’s responsible, reliable and completely professional. His horses are turned out immaculately at the track and we have lost count of how many best-turned out prizes he has won! He puts in numerous hours travelling up and down the country and has also travelled to Australia with our runners in 2006 and 2011.

When he’s not away racing he rides out and takes care of the racing tack and colours.

Birthplace: Hull

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? November 2004

Favourite Horse/s: Saptapadi, Baraweez, Tilt, Carte Diamond, Top Notch Tonto

Likes: Going to the pub!

Dislikes: Poor time keepers

Superstitions? Always salute single magpies

Hobbies: None

Favourite Film: Wolf Of Wall Street, American Sniper
TV: Soaps
Music: Anything from late 90's to recent charts
Food: Roast dinner, KFC

Mandy Corner - Office Manager

Mandy worked for us for five months during the 2014/15 winter and, following a short break, started back working full time in the office in July 2015.

Since Uncle Mike’s retirement in June 2016, Mandy now oversees the day-to-day running of the office and has taken over the accounts department whilst relinquishing some of the ‘racing’ side of things to Sal, who is currently in the office three or four days a week.

Very professional with a great attitude, she is highly experienced in the running of a busy racing office and is an adept multi-tasker. She is more than likely the friendly voice on the end of the phone and keeps our office stocked up with cakes and chocolate!! Her talents by no means end there though and if anyone has a query Mandy is the person to contact.

Birthplace: Westow

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? July 2015

Favourite Horse/s: Top Notch Tonto

Likes: Pimms

Dislikes: Cruelty to animals, cups of Tea

Superstitions? Go out of the same door as you came in, Walking under ladders, Touch wood

Hobbies: Watching my daughter Emma & her horses compete, help look after the horses, Dog walking

Favourite Film: Pretty Woman, Mrs Doubtfire
TV: Hollyoaks
Music: Ed Sheeran, Rod Stewart
Food: Gammon, cakes and more cakes!

Sal Smithson - Website/Office

Sal joined us in February 2015 and supervised our website revamp which was launched in April 2015.

She is responsible for most of our photography and updates the website daily with the latest news, photos, and winners. In August 2016 Sal started helping Mandy in the office three or four days a week and they are proving to be a good team!

Birthplace: York

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? February 2015

Favourite Horse/s: George Washington

Likes: Laughing, Sun, Coffee, Formula 1

Dislikes: Bad manners, Bad atmospheres, Invasion of personal space, Cold Weather

Superstitions? Saluting single magpies, Breaking mirrors, New Moon through glass, Touching wood

Hobbies: Reading - Crime Psychological Thrillers

Favourite Film: Identity Thief, American Sniper, Furious 7
TV: US Crime Dramas
Music: Green Day, Garth Brooks, Charts
Food: Caesar salad

David Cottle

David is another familiar face at the races and drives the horsebox when more than one is required. He joined the team in April 2010. He’s friendly and outgoing and when he is not away racing he rides out and takes care of the racing tack.

In 2014 David accompanied Racy to the Dubai World Cup Carnival where he enjoyed an admirable campaign picking up prize money on three of his five starts.

Birthplace: Germany

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? April 2010

Favourite Horse/s: Racy, Film Festival, Carthage

Likes: Horses

Dislikes: Lazy people

Superstitions? Salute magpies, Walking under ladders

Hobbies: Sports: Running, Boxing, Football

Favourite Film: Scarface
TV: Nothing in particular
Music: Most music
Food: Chips

Pam Haigh

Pam has been with us since September 2014 but has actually worked for us on two previous occasions, the first time in 2001, and she keeps coming back!

Reliable, hard working and very pleasant with it, Pam loves travelling to the races with the horses and will often drive one of the horse boxes. She is a responsible member of the team and we're delighted to have her back with us.

When at home she works on the yard, checks legs and applies bandages on an evening and is also qualified in First Aid.

Birthplace: Great Horton, Bradford

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? September 2014

Favourite Horse/s: Conquering Love, Marsh Warbler, Dream Win, Moonlight Monty, Strike Master

Likes: Chocolate, Competing (Triathlon), my dog Tilly, laughing

Dislikes: Time going by too fast, Being late, Coconut

Superstitions? Single magpies, Walking Under Ladders

Hobbies: Running, Mountain Biking, Swimming, Road Cycling, Triathlons

Favourite Film: Sleepless In Seattle, Bridget Jones, Full Monty, The Holiday
TV: Sex In The City, Friends, Live At The Apollo, Channel 4 Racing
Music: Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Pink, Foreigner, Amy Winehouse, Queen
Food: Sunday Dinners, Vanilla Cheesecake

Ally Morris

Ally has been with us since March 2007. Ally takes care of the horses in the open-air stables and does a fantastic job. She loves the horses and misses nothing!

Birthplace: Norton On Derwent

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? March 2007

Favourite Horse/s: Stated Case, Ty Gwr, Amaze, Global Village (but I love them all!)

Likes: My Family, they are very important to me, my horses and my dog

Dislikes: People telling lies

Superstitions? Everything including never bet on horses I look after

Hobbies: My horse Global Village and my Rottweiler, Princess

Favourite Film: Black Beauty
TV: NCIS, Two and a Half Men
Music: Rock Music
Food: Pasta's - Lasagne & Bolognese

John Wiley

Birthplace: Doncaster

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? March 2009

Favourite Horse/s: Bocciani, John Forbes, Ferryman, Lady Crossmar

Likes: Spending time with my son

Dislikes: Rain and Snow

Superstitions? Walking under ladders, Magpies

Hobbies: Fishing, race-riding

Favourite Film: Scarface
TV: The Champions
Music: Eminem, R&B
Food: Full Breakfast

Shelley Lake

Birthplace: Malton

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? January 2013

Favourite Horse/s: Musical Molly, Ultimate, Sir Keltic Blue

Likes: My job, my bed, going out for tea, holidays

Dislikes: Spiders, Lazy people, Winter

Superstitions? Touching wood

Hobbies: Riding, Socialising, dog walking

Favourite Film: P.S. I Love You, all the Harry Potter films
TV: Towie, Made In Chelsea
Music: Most Music
Food: Steak pie, chocolate

Stuart Morris

Birthplace: Fulford

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? January 2014

Favourite Horse/s: Zaidiyn, Top Notch Tonto

Likes: Relaxing with a bottle of wine

Dislikes: Gardening

Superstitions? None

Hobbies: Fish keeping

Favourite Film: The 13th Warrior
TV: Sport
Music: Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath
Food: Chinese

Matt Brown

Birthplace: York

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? November 2013

Favourite Horse/s: Balty Boys

Likes: Football, Racing

Dislikes: Spiders

Superstitions? None

Hobbies: Football

Favourite Film: Django Unchained
TV: Geordie Shore
Music: R & B
Food: Pizza

Stephen Lowdon (Geordie)

Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? July 2015

Favourite Horse/s: Red Rum, Mill Reef, Frankel

Likes: Watching Sports on TV

Dislikes: Curry

Superstitions? None

Hobbies: Boxing, Football, Racing

Favourite Film: Rocky
TV: Sport
Music: Status Quo
Food: Most things

Kyle Walker

Birthplace: Scarborough

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? August 2015

Favourite Horse/s: Frankel, Gleneagles

Likes: Football

Dislikes: Too many to mention

Superstitions? Don't cross on the stairs

Hobbies: Football, Fishing

Favourite Film: The Football Factory
TV: Top Gear
Music: The Charts
Food: Pub grub

Ryan Thompson

Birthplace: Newcastle

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? February 2016

Favourite Horse/s: Seamour, Top Notch Tonto

Likes: Travelling, Newcastle United

Dislikes: Losing

Superstitions? Saluting magpies

Hobbies: Golf, Football

Favourite Film: The Shawshank Redemption
TV: Sports
Music: Pop
Food: Chicken Wraps

Jim Carr

Birthplace: York

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? April 2016

Favourite Horse/s: Sadler's Wells

Likes: Life

Dislikes: None

Superstitions? None

Hobbies: Bushcraft

Favourite Film: Life Is Beautiful
TV: Game Of Thrones
Music: All music
Food: Roast dinner

Francesca Pollock

Birthplace: Halifax

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? July 2016

Favourite Horse/s: Jordan James

Likes: Shopping

Dislikes: People that don't pull their weight

Superstitions? Don't believe in them

Hobbies: Riding, Reading

Favourite Film: Fast & Furious, Transformers
TV: NCIS: Los Angeles
Music: Taylor Swift
Food: Pasta

Kieran Schofield

Birthplace: Wakefield

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? February 2017

Favourite Horse/s: Frankel

Likes: A happy life. A happy yard.

Dislikes: Arguing & friction in yard

Superstitions? None

Hobbies: Football, Fishing, Gym

Favourite Film: Don't have one
TV: Big Bang Theory, Masterchef
Music: Ed Sheeran
Food: Steak

Jack Cross

Birthplace: Scarborough

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? February 2017

Favourite Horse/s: Highkingofmunster

Likes: Watching Football & Racing, Animals

Dislikes: Rude people, Laziness

Superstitions? None

Hobbies: Don't have time at the moment

Favourite Film: Don't have a favourite
TV: RacingUK, Sports, Im a celebrity get me out of here
Music: All recent music
Food: Sunday Roast

Josh Oglesby

Birthplace: Doncaster

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? May 2017

Favourite Horse/s: American Hustle, Rownak

Likes: Chilling out

Dislikes: Early mornings!

Superstitions? None

Hobbies: Football

Favourite Film: Fast & Furious
TV: Top Gear
Music: Any
Food: Spaghetti Bolognese

Jack Holliday

Birthplace: Gretna Green

When did you start work at Spring Cottage Stables? June 2017

Favourite Horse/s: Axiom, Frankel

Likes: Football, Socialising, Riding out

Dislikes: Cold Hands

Superstitions? None

Hobbies: Watching racing, football, riding

Favourite Film: Stand by Me
TV: Horse Racing, Football
Music: Ed Sheeran, Queen
Food: Doner kebab, garlic sauce & salad

Jockeys & Support Team

Jockeys, including our Apprentices, Conditionals and regular Jockeys used, in addition to our Support Team including our Farriers, can be found as separate sub-headings at the top of this page below the main heading The Team. (Ben Curtis pictured)

Or simply click HERE for Jockeys

Click HERE for Support Team