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Staff Profile - Stephen Dodds

Name: Stephen Dodds

Job Title: Yardman

When did you start work at Chestnut Tree Stables: January 2016

Favourite racehorse of all time: It would have to be Spindrifter, who was trained by Sir Mark Prescott.

Favourite horse that’s been in the yard: A really nice two-year-old; Excelebration x Ja One.

Favourite Racecourse: Ascot

What would you be doing if you weren’t working here: I was a taxi driver before I came back into racing at Chestnut Tree Stables.

Which Superhero would you be:  I'd be Superman - I've already got the body for it!

Hobbies outside of work: Having fun with my two young sons, Tyler and Luke.

Favourite Food: That would have to be a Sunday Roast.

Favourite Film: Train Spotting

Which three items would you take to a desert island: A wok, a good book and Ray Mears (hopefully won't be there for too long with his help).

Dream holiday destination: Anywhere that my sons are happy would make me happy.

Interesting Fact: The racehorse Spindrifter holds the record for consecutive wins as a two-year-old; 10 consecutive victories!

Ambitions: To see my sons grow up to be happy and successful, also to be able to continue working with a great bunch of people here at Chestnut Tree Stables.

 

Staff Profile - Carina McKeown

Name: Carina Mckeown

Job Title: Rider

When did you start work at Chestnut Tree Stables: December 2015

Favourite racehorse of all time: My favourite horse to ride was Bejeweled aka Bejewlie who went well at home, leading Group horses in their work but on the racecourse was, shall we say, of limited ability.  When she came second at Yarmouth I couldn’t have been happier if she had won the Derby.  Sometimes it’s not the class of the race that matters but the love and dedication that went in to making it happen.

My favourite horse otherwise would be Thomas Chippendale who won the Hardwicke Stakes at Ascot and then sadly died.  He was a beautiful looking animal capable of much more.  He partnered in his work with Frankel’s full brother, Noble Mission, who went on to win three Group 1’s the following season.

Favourite horse that’s been in the yard: A Love Story aka Lovely.  She was kind, cheeky and tough, with lots of potential.  You wouldn’t find a more genuine and better natured horse and I am lucky to have ridden her.

Favourite Racecourse: I love a lazy summer afternoon at the Newmarket July Course, and York (anytime).

What would you be doing if you weren’t working here: Laying in bed (I ride out first lot).

Which Superhero would you be:  Catwoman because I would look really good in the cat suit (really I am joking).

Hobbies outside of work: Yoga, Olympic weight lifting.

Favourite Food: Nocellara Olives (currently borderline obsessed with them).

Favourite Film: If I had to choose one it would be the timelessly funny, The 7 Year Itch.  Being greedy and into foreign cinema I will also choose Amelie and Spirited Away.

Which three items would you take to a desert island: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, eyeliner (you never know who you will meet), and a water purifier.

Dream holiday destination: To see Belize’s beautiful beaches, coral reefs and Mayan ruins.

Interesting Fact: I am a qualified Solicitor.

Ambitions: To travel the world, learn how to jump fences and go hunting.

 

Staff Profile - Charlotte Clayton

Name: Charlotte Clayton

Job Title: Groom/Apprentice

When did you start work at Chestnut Tree Stables: January 2013

Favourite racehorse of all time: Frankel

Favourite horse that’s been in the yard: Jane's Memory (pictured and declared at Sandown this Saturday).

Favourite Racecourse: Ascot

What would you be doing if you weren’t working here: Showjumping

Which Superhero would you be: Catwoman

Hobbies outside of work: I go to the gym everyday, I also like socialising and listening to music.

Favourite Food: Chicken & bacon salad

Favourite Film: Secretariat

Which three items would you take to a desert island: Water, food and my best friend.

Dream holiday destination: New York

Interesting Fact: I had a successful showjumping career before switching saddles to racing.

Favourite Quote: 'Life is what you make it'

Ambitions: To ride winners and be a successful jockey.

 

Staff Profile - Sebastian Woods

Name: Sebastian Woods

Job Title: Work Rider

When did you start work at Chestnut Tree Stables: July 2014

Favourite racehorse of all time: Shergar

Favourite horse that has been in the yard: Archduchess

Favourite Racecourse: Epsom

What would you be doing if you weren’t working here: I would hopefully be at University, studying Biology.

Which Superhero would you be: Flash

Hobbies outside of work: I do a lot of sports outside of work, including: football, tennis, hockey and golf

Favourite Food: Chinese

Favourite Film: Saving Private Ryan

Which three items would you take to a desert island: A fishing rod, a boat and a pack of cards.

Dream holiday destination: India

Interesting Fact/Quote: 'You are either first or last!'

Ambitions: To be Champion Jockey in the future.

 

Staff Profile - Steve Davis

Name: Steve Davis

Job Title: Assistant Head Lad

When did you start work at Chestnut Tree Stables: 1999 - 2003 and 2009 - present

Favourite racehorse of all time: Desert Orchid

Favourite horse that’s been in the yard: I love all the horses, but it was a great opportunity to look after California Chrome when he was with us.

Favourite Racecourse: Ascot

What would you be doing if you weren’t working here: I don't know - I wouldn't swap what I'm doing now for anything.

Which Superhero would you be: Superman 

Hobbies outside of work: I like to go out for dinner with my wife and also to see friends.

Favourite Food: Chinese

Favourite Film: Indiana Jones (all of them)

Which three things would you take to a desert island: My wife, horse and dog.

Dream holiday destination: Mauritius 

Interesting Fact/Quote: 'Enjoy what you are doing and enjoy life!'

Ambitions: I have achieved everything I have wanted to in life and am very happy with what I have.