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.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Mary started working life at the age of 18 as a member of the Accounts Department for Aer Lingus in Dublin Airport . She started riding as a hobby at the age of 20 and took to it straight away.
After 3 years with Aer Lingus she took 6 months unpaid leave to spend time training with Iris Kellet, Ireland's leading show jump trainer to gain some equine qualifications. She achieved her BHSAI and returned to the office job with Aer Lingus but within 6 months had found a job in the UK managing a large London riding school where she had 40 horses to care for and 14 staff to deal with! After that she moved to a large BHS training centre in Gloucestershire and followed her passion for teaching and training horses, where she excelled particularly in training students for BHS exams but also backing and breaking young horses. After that, she spent time out in Switzerland working for a top Olympic dressage rider and running a very busy dealing yard for him where horses were sold abroad for vast sums of money.
She learned a lot about training dressage horses and a lot about how not to do it also! The experience was invaluable and has made a marked impression on her career. She has been re-training ex-racehorses at Moorcroft now for over 8 years and the results speak for themselves.
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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."
Georgie starting working part time at Moorcroft in February 2015 and enjoys her role as Assistant Head Girl.
Georgie says "I am very proud to call myself assistant head girl at Moorcroft . In such a short space of time I have learned so much, my riding has greatly improved with lots of teaching from Mary! I feel very privileged to have a job where I can learn every day. The most satisfying thing about working at Moorcroft is knowing you're helping an ex racehorse have a second chance in life. It's so rewarding to know all the retraining and care we give them pays off when a horse is re-homed."
Rebecca has been working with horses for 8 years, gaining experience from different types of yards from dressage to racing.
Rebecca says "I have always loved Thoroughbreds since I got my first ex-racer at the age of 15. It is a dream come true to work at Moorcroft to help these amazing horses to have a second chance and to find them new homes."
We are delighted to also have invaluable help from our volunteers.