Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre consists of a team of competent, committed and experienced employees. Allow us to introduce them to you here.
Tim, who succeeded Brough Scott as Chairman in 2007, is the son of a farmer and has lived amongst animals all his life. Born and brought up on a dairy farm, Tim was closely involved with the dairy herd in Somerset whilst taking up accountancy articles in Bristol.
Upon qualifying he moved to Cooper Brothers in London to gain further experience of the business world. In his words his “lucky break” came in 1984 when the senior partner of Coopers asked him to set up his agricultural and bloodstock specialist department to give all aspects of financial advice to the participants in those industries. This turned out to be an inspired move as in the ensuing 20 years his practice became the pre-eminent provider of accountancy, audit, VAT, tax and business advice to many of the principal operators particularly in the racing and bloodstock industry.
The client list read like a Who’s Who of the bloodstock world, including some forty studs, major racecourses and leading owners and trainers. Tim puts into practice at home the principles he recommends to his clients as he farms a 70 acre smallholding at Loxwood, some 10 miles from Moorcroft. "It’s horses for courses at Moorcroft" says Tim in that the whole team has a background in, and an empathy for, horses, which is fundamental to the operation and success of the charity.
The staff live in as the horses get 24 hour assistance and the two cottages are on the yard so not much happens without one of us seeing or hearing it. The normal day runs from 6am or 7am until 4pm but live-in staff work again between 7pm and 8pm.
Live-in staff are very ably assisted by part-time staff who are invaluable.
Mary started working at Moorcroft in 2007 and has been progressing the Centre and the staff well since then. Mary has spent most of her equine working life training young and wayward horses and has gained much sympathy and understanding in this field. She has also specialised and understands well that physical discomfort in the horse will dictate its behaviour, especially when ridden, so making sure all horses are sound and pain free is paramount to good progress, safe riding and to the horses to ensure a happy and progressive future. Mary believes in training all staff daily so that the Centre and the horses are always progressing and nothing gets missed.
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Lianne says "I started at Moorcroft full time back in April 2008 and very quickly realised that I had found a yard with a deep understanding on how to train horses properly. After being head girl for 7 years, I decided to gain experience in other areas of the equine industry but quickly learnt where my heart belonged and bounced back like a boomerang.
I’m now very excited and proud to say that I have returned full time as Yard Manager."
Jessica worked part time at Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre whilst studying at University for a BSc (Hons) Equine Science degree before becoming Head Girl. Jess found this a huge advantage as she worked alongside the vet, farrier and physiotherapist, all of whom are always helpful and willing to answer any queries. Mary also takes the team to local lectures and shows which also relates to the university modules.
Jess says "I've learnt so much about the racing and rehabilitation industry and how to effectively retrain ex-rachorses. I enjoy all aspects of my job from riding to helping out at charity days and just spending time with the horses. I've therefore become incredibly passionate about our horses and the work we do. There's no better job satisfaction than seing a horse come straight from the track, working closely with them and then seeing them re-homed. I'm very proud to work for Moorcroft and hope to have many more years helping ex-racehorses have a second chance in life."
Leah says: "I first started working at Moorcroft as a volunteer for a 6 week Summer placement for University. Within that space of time I learnt so much both on and off the ground. I improved a lot in my riding and I was able to feel a lot more confident again with Mary teaching me. I enjoyed seeing the progression achieved of each individual horse that once I graduated from my degree I had to come back! Not only is it rewarding making a differences with the horses that they are able to move on and be re-homed but also having your own sense of achievement from being able to contribute and improve in yourself."
We are also delighted to have invaluable help from our volunteers.