Yard Girl At Arlary
Rita is Campbell Gillies' sister and she came to work for us full time in December 2012 having worked occassionally for us before then. She helps Ciorstaidh at Arlary, and her jobs include putting on the back massage machines, veterinary care, taking horses off the walkers, washing off horses after galloping, brushing off and spending time with each horse. When Rita is not working she loves to go racing to cheer on her family owned horses, and to spend time with her Mum and brother Finlay.
Yard Manager at Kilduff
Joining us in the summer of 2014 Vicky is a graduate of Elmwood College and the Northern Racing School. She has worked in Newmarket, and more recently with Sandra Low Mitchell at the Balcormo showjumping stud. She has produced young horses and can work the racehorses on the flat and over poles as well as working them on the gallops. In November 2014 she was promoted to yard manager at Kilduff where she helps oversee one of the barns. Vicky has an excellent knowledge of the veterinary side of racing and runs the rehabilitation yard at Kilduff. She assists Johnny and Jordan in the day to day running of the yard and still finds time to ride out one or two a day. Vicky has horses of her own at home, including previous Arlary racehorses Et Maintenant, Happy River and The Village whom she dotes on and spends her free time caring for.
Turnout at Arlary
Alexander applied for a position at Arlary in October 2016. Despite there not being a true vacancy we were so impressed with his attitude that we took him on and have not regretted that decision. Alex has no previous experience with horses but he has been taught by the rest of the yard and is now capable around them. In the summer of 2017 Alex took on the role of turning out the horses; every horse has an hour or more in the individual paddocks and Alex formulates a rota then makes sure that each is in the correct paddock with the most appropriate neighbours. While turnout carries risks we feel that it is a necessary part of training and with care and attention it is very beneficial. In 2018 Alex has been learning more about the veterinary aspect of training horses and will attend a few days at the Equine hospital with Eugenio.
Part Time Work Rider & Yard Manager
Becky helps at Kilduff during the week, riding out and helping with the yard work, turning out, and veterinary matters, supporting both Jordan and Vicky. In her spare time, she enjoys taking part in fun runs and competes her own horse in dressage, showjumping and eventing and represented Fife Hunt Pony Club at the pony club championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Groom At Arlary
Katie joined us in the summer of 2014 as an assistant yard girl at Kilduff and subsequently gained her HNC at Oatridge College. In the summer of 2015 she was promoted to yard manager of the bottom yard at Kilduff where she oversees the care of a mix of horses in training and those recuperating from injury. In January 2018 Katie moved to Arlary to help Alex with the turn out and brushing off. Katie loves riding her ex Arlary inmates Blazin White Face and Spirit Oscar when she is not at work and aims to compete Blazin in ROR and show classes in the near future.