Kate began training her own horses in 1992 and had a winner with only her second ever runner under Rules when Northumbrian King won a novices’ hunter chase at Huntingdon in April that year. She went on to enjoy a successful 20 year training career, sending out a total of 127 winners, mainly over jumps, from Sharp Hill Stables just up the road from us in Middleham.
Before handing over the reins at Sharp Hill to Phil Kirby at the end of 2012, Kate was associated with some highly successful and much loved horses, notably 2009 Eider Chase runner-up Morgan Be, tough chaser Huka Lodge and high class hurdlers Nevertika and Stopped Out.
Kate wanted to stay in Middleham when Phil Kirby planned to relocate to Saltburn and we were more than happy to welcome her on board, her knowledge and experience, not to mention her banter, have already made her a valued addition to our team! She looks after our racing tack, drives the horsebox, leads up on busy days and rides her beloved Everaard, one of a number of Phil’s horses whose owners wanted to remain in Middleham, on the gallops.