Meet the team at Folly House

Jamie - Trainer

In his brief career in the Army Jamie Snowden swiftly learned that time spent on reconnaissance is seldom wasted. On current evidence the long hours he put in working for two of this country’s greatest jumps trainers are now paying off as he continues to turn out winners from Folly House.

Born in 1979, Jamie nurtured a passion for racing from an early age, through Pony Club, hunting, and Point to Pointing. Whilst at Radley College, Jamie rode out for Nigel Twiston-Davies, and during his gap year he worked as an Assistant Trainer for a flat yard in New Zealand. He continued to work ride for many trainers while at Newcastle University including Sue Smith and Chris Grant.

As a Captain in the Kings Royal Hussars he rapidly became the first choice of trainers seeking a telling advantage in the annual military races each spring at Sandown. He rattled up four triumphs in the Grand Military Gold Cup and a further four in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup. Though I imagine his proudest moment in the saddle came when he carried the Queen’s colours to victory on First Love in a race at Sandown in 2006 run in memory of her mother. Jamie progressed to achieve around sixty pointing wins and a further forty winners under rules as a much in demand amateur.

After a season as pupil assistant for champion trainer Paul Nicholls, Jamie then worked for three seasons as assistant trainer and amateur jockey for Nicky Henderson before branching out on his own in 2008.

He began with one horse, one member of staff and a bucketful of dreams at a rented yard in Ebbesbourne Wake, a remote Wiltshire village. Those first three seasons delivered a respectable total of twenty wins but by now Snowden was impatient for more.

Conscious that he needed better facilities to enhance his career he took the bold decision in 2011 to leave Wiltshire and buy Folly House in Lambourn. It proved to be an inspired choice as Knighton Combe, the first runner from his new quarters, landed the Summer National, and Ixora became his first Cheltenham winner. Others quickly followed and by the end of the campaign the name of Jamie Snowden had leapfrogged up the trainer’s table with nineteen winners.

Introduction by Jonathan Powell - journalist and broadcaster.

Kate - Head Girl

Kate Robinson started with us in July 2008, when Jamie set up training. She is in sole charge of the day to day running of the yard, and is an invaluable member of the team. She is a tireless worker, who does not rest until every stone is turned.

Kate had spent the previous three seasons managing a private yard in Suffolk for Wilf Tolhurst. This has involved running a yard of around 25 horses ranging from yearlings, Point-to-Pointers, to pre-training horses for National Hunt racing.

Kate grew up in the county of Cornwall, where she spent most of her childhood with horses, and rode in Point-to-Points. After graduating from Aberystwyth University with a BSc in Equine Science, Kate spent 4 seasons as Head Girl on a Point-to-Point and breaking yard in Warwickshire, before moving to Suffolk.

Ollie - Assistant Trainer

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Ollie Signy joined us in August 2016 as 2nd assistant and will take over from James when he leaves at the end of the season.

Ollie’s passion for horses started at a young age and he spent his childhood at Pony Club events. He then progressed onto BE eventing, culminating in him representing Great Britain on the youth team. During this time he worked towards an International Equine and Business Management Degree at Cirencester College.

Ollie’s first venture into racing was with Oliver Sherwood, where he spent to two productive years as Pupil Assistant before heading over the pond to spend a season working for Jonathon Sheppard in Pennsylvania, America.

 

 

Carrott - Secretary

Carrott joined us in 2011, when we first moved to Lambourn. She is our secretary and plays an important role here.

Carrott started out in racing as a stable girl, before having a couple of rides as an amateur on the flat. Carrott is happily married to Jimmy Guest and has one daughter Ella. She also travelled sale horses out to Hong Kong. Carrott still rides her ex racehorse in her spare time and will occasionally join us on the gallops for the steady canters.

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Alex - Travelling Head Girl

Alex Walters joined us again in May 2015 as our Travelling Head Girl. Her job will include driving the horsebox to the races and looking after the racing room.

Alex has spent two seasons with us before, as a stable lass back in 2012 and has returned after a season with Jo Davis to take over our travelling. This is her first job as a Travelling Head Girl and has stepped up to the plate well. Alex prides herself on turning the horses out to an immaculate standard and loves winning best turned out for the team. Prior to Jamie’s, Alex spent several years with Andy Haynes, Oliver Sherwood & Warren Greatrex.

Liz Knight - Stable Lass

 Liz Knight joined the team on the 1st May and attended the British Racing School before coming to work at the yard.

 

Jamie - Stable Lad

    

Jamie Gillingham joined us in December 2016 and works as a stable lad.

James - Farrier

James Stewart took over our yard in 2015 and since then has been the sole farrier, responsible for every horses feet. 

Ivona - Work Rider

Ivona Hladikova returned to us in September 2016 and works as a stable lass. 

Rodney - Work Rider

Rodney Farrant joined us in October 2015 as a work rider.

Anna - Yard Girl

Anna Stone joined us in March 2017 and works as a yard girl.

Joe - Yard Man 

Joe Dixon joined us on the 1st May 2017 and is working as a yard Man.

 

Alice - Work Rider

Alice White started riding out for us in October 2015.

Julia - Work Rider

Julia Bennet rides out for us on a regular basis, when she's not fostering children that is. She has been a member of the Jamie Snowden Racing Club since Jamie moved to Folly House and enjoys nothing more than a day at the races cheering on Niki Royal.

Julia is also known for her 30 seconds in the spotlight, appearing on Britain's Got More Talent on ITV 2 last year. Her dog barked along to the theme tune of Captain Pugwash and the judge's loved it, especially Simon Cowell. The pair made it through to Boot  camp but the journey sadly ended there.

Lucy - Trainers Wife

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Lettie, Harry and Arthur

 

 

Other members of the family - Cedar and Olive......Bindy and Socks!

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