Along with several horses, Joe moved across Middleham to join us from Phil Kirby’s yard in late 2014.
Joe, from Carlisle, has been riding since he was four years old and it was always his ambition to be a National Hunt jockey, he had over thirty rides in the Pony Racing series and had his first ride under Rules aboard Lowcarr Motion for Phil Kirby at Doncaster in November 2014, finishing fifth.
In his first year with us Joe led up Just Cameron to finish a fantastic second in the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase at the Punchestown Festival and rode his first winner under Rules aboard Minella Hero at Hexham. He also made a dream start to his pointing career when he won on Justin Landy’s Knocklong on his first ride between the flags at the Ratcheugh meeting at Alnwick.
Joe's riding career has flourished, he went on to become one of the leading novice riders in the north in point to points and he won his first chase under Rules on Ardea, again for Justin Landy, in the Heart of all England maiden hunters' chase at Hexham in April 2016.
Joe has already ridden around Cheltenham, aboard Game As A Pheasant at the track's hunter chase evening, and he'd love to ride in the big one there, the Foxhunters' Chase, on Gold Cup day.