The Team

Richard Ryan

Richard Ryan - Assistant Trainer

Richard joined us in October 2013, having been assistant trainer to Terry Mills for more than 15 years. He also spent time working in Kentucky and had a spell with Juddmonte Farms. 

Richard ensures that the horses are well looked after as well as the efficient running of the yard and representing the yard at the races.

David Stratton

David Stratton - Head Lad

Started with Charlie Swan in 1998 after one ride for Aidan O'Brien, and rode 32 winners over jumps. Worked with Ian for a spell after Cheltenham 2010 and rejoined the yard in 2013 as Head Lad.

Fabrice Smeulders

Fabrice Smeulders - Travelling Head Lad

Fabrice ensures top quality care of all the racing equipment and looks after the horses at the races. Previously a jockey in his native France, where he enjoyed some success before coming to England after being recommended by Ian's close friend and trainer in France, Richard Gibson.

Denise Hopkins

Denise Hopkins - Racing Secretary

Denise manages the office and the day to day racing admin duties of the yard. She also notifies owners daily of all entries made and liaises with all Racing Authorities.

Jason Medcroft

Jason Medcroft - Farrier

Jason has been a Farrier for more than twenty years, and his experience with shoeing racehorses makes him an invaluable member of the team at Dominion Racing Stables

Paolo Guasco

Paolo Guasco - Veterinary Surgeon

Summerhill Equine Vets are the leading equine practice in the UK, headed by Buffy Shirley-Beavan. Associate partner, Paolo Guasco is on hand to manage all the veterinary requirements of the yard.