Simon Pearce was born into a racing family, being the son of Lydia and Jeff Pearce.
Simon began his career as a jockey, firstly as an amateur and then as an apprentice. His achievements include being champion all weather amateur in 2006/07 and then winning the Betfair apprentice series in 2009. Whilst race riding, Simon rode a total of 95 winners and has ridden for several high profile trainers and owners including Her Majesty The Queen.
Whilst a jockey, Simon took the opportunity to spend a significant amount of time overseas in both the USA and Australia. He managed to spend time working with some of the most respected trainers, including Gai Waterhouse, Ben Cecil, Doug O'Neill, Bjorn Baker, Richard Baltas and Neil Drysdale, to name a few. As you can imagine, this has provided Simon with valuable insight into how Internationally they prepare their horses for competition at the highest level.
In 2018 Simon decided that it was time to hang up his riding boots, and pursue a career in the training of racehorses. He began by studying towards his trainers licence, at the same time as being assistant trainer to his Mum, Lydia.
In the Autumn of 2019, Simon was successfully granted his training licence, and Wroughton House Stables, Newmarket became his base.
We are delighted to have Simon as one of our trainers, as he is young, ambitious and extremely approachable. As a horseman with his experience and ideas, we feel that he will get the very best out of our horse(s) and provide our shareholders with great insight and enjoyment.
Born into a family heavily involved in horses, Ruth learnt to ride before she could even walk - on a donkey borrowed from Scarborough beach for the winter.
Ruth couldn't wait for her first race ride, and on her actual 16th birthday she was lucky enough to have a ride in an Amateur Riders Race at Redcar. There were 28 runners and State Governor, a horse trained by David Chapman (Ruth's Grandad) and owned by his brother John unfortunately finished last! Undeterred, and after lots of perseverance and hard work, Ruth went on to ride 28 winners on the Flat, 8 over Hurdles and about 20 Point to Point winners during her racing career.
Ruth assisted her Grandad, David Chapman for fifteen years before taking over the license when he decided to retire in 2008. Those years were spent learning his unique training methods. The importance of treating every horse as an individual has been greatly impressed on her - how to make their time enjoyable, the importance of varying their routines, and how to keep them happy in their minds.
Since Ruth has been training, she has now had over 450 winners and had over 960 placed horses.