The Team

Amanda, Mark, Lucinda and Jim work alongside a team of dedicated staff members many who have been at Coombelands for over 20 years.  The whole team are extremely passionate and all offer a wealth of industry knowledge and experience that allows them to deliver the highest quality of services from care of the racehorses to building and maintaining the facilities at both Coombelands Racing Stables, Equestrian and Farm.

Partners

Amanda Perrett

Trainer and Partner in Coombelands Equestrian

With her father Guy Harwood being one of the great racehorse trainers of the 20th century, Amanda was brought up around racehorses. She was a successful amateur jockey winning 90 races and became the first lady to ride in the Champion Hurdle at the 1990 Cheltenham Festival. Amanda was also a successful three day event rider and won numerous events and represented her country in Italy.

Mark Perrett

Assistant Trainer

Mark Perrett, son of jockey Phil Perrett and the grandson of racehorse trainer Major Champneys, was a successful National Hunt jockey who rode over 900 winners including enjoying success with seven winners at the Cheltenham Festival and both the Scottish and Welsh Grand Nationals. Laterlery he rode successfully as a flat jockey winning on one of his Cheltenham Festival winners Balasani at Royal Ascot for Martin Pipe.

Lucinda Crowley

Partner

Lucinda is partner to Coombelands Equestrian with her sister Amanda.  Lucinda rode very successfully as an amateur jockey, show jumping and eventing. As a mother of three, Lucinda juggles the running of events whilst raising her children who are also keen equestrian riders.

Managers

Nick Lammas

Groundsman

Nick, known by all as Zeddie has been working at Coombelands for 42 years. He has played an important role in shaping the gallops in to what they are today. In particular, Zeddie maintains the underground irrigation systems which enables us to have suitable ground conditions to train the horses on a daily basis.

John Farrell

Equestrian Manager

John Ray Farrell, has a very hands on role, managing all equine matters from Course Building to maintain the surfaces within our arenas and helping run events. John has been a course builder for 40+ years, building a good variety of courses for the PC, BSPC, BS (Level 4) and Eventing. He has been Coombelands Equestrian main course builder for 8 years now. He is based in Leatherhead, where his Son Nathan also course builds for Coombelands on British Show jumping days.

Kevin Church

Farm Manager

Kevin, the Farm Manager, has managed the estate for the last 30 years which has seen many changes over those years, from having a dairy herd and arable on the estate and now moving to more equine involvement with the show jumping and event course. The farm also host corporate events for the Harwoods Motor Group on our 4 x 4 course.

Kevin will always be found on the farm along with helping Amanda and Lucinda on event days. Kevin’s interests are skiing, cycling and rugby where he is the groundsman for Pulborough Rugby Club

Grooms & Riders

Dean Angell

Head Lad

How long have you been working at Coombelands?
39 years

How long have you worked in racing?
45 years

Favourite horse in the yard
Bangalore (At Coombelands from 1999 – 2004)

Favourite racing experience/memory
Vagador winning Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival in 1988. He was trained by Guy Harwood, owned by Amanda and ridden by Mark.

Horses you look after
Zikany, Perfect Scoundrel

Kevin Clarke

Travelling Head Lad

How long have you been working at Coombelands?
39 years

How long have you worked in racing?
44 years

Your favourite horse in the yard

Your favourite racing experience/memory
Leading up Group 2 winner Raft at Deauville for Guy Harwood

Horses you look after

Our Elysian, Virtue Patience, Anapple Adaay

Neil Tucker

Assistant Head Lad

How long have you been working at Coombelands?
20 years

How long have you worked in racing?
27 years

Favourite horse in the yard

Favourite racing experience/memory
Leading up Astronereus when he won the Group 3 Al Rayyan Stakes at Newbury in May 2016. He was trained by Amanda, ridden by Pat Dobbs and owned by John Connolly and Odile Griffith.

Horses you look after
Rebel Territory, Dream Of Mischief, Spirit of Albion, Huntly Lodge

Barry Smith

Grooms & Riders

How long have you been working at Coombelands?
21 years

How long have you worked in racing?
25 years

Favourite horse in the yard

Favourite racing experience/memory
Riding a winner at Wolverhampton for Clive Drew on Roffey Spinney in 1999

Horses you look after

Platinum Perfect, Chocolate Hobbnob, Lady Manzor

Charlene Smith

Grooms & Riders

How long have you been working at Coombelands?
21 years

How long have you worked in racing?
Since I started at Coombelands in 2001

Favourite horse in the yard
Lavender’s Green

Favourite racing experience/memory
When Elysian Fields won five races in a row!

Horses you look after
Lavender’s Green, Golden Arc, Pershalla

Tim Taylor

Grooms & Riders

How long have you been working at Coombelands?
9 years

How long have you worked in racing?
45 years

Favourite horse in the yard
Count Otto

Favourite racing experience/memory
Leading up Lavinia Fontana when she won the Group 1 Haydock Park Sprint in 1994 with Jason Weaver onboard.

Horses you look after;

Count Otto,  Sayifyouwill, Territories – Palais Glide

Eric Keane

Grooms & Riders

How long have you been working at Coombelands?
21 years

How long have you worked in racing?
35 years

Favourite horse in the yard
Arch Villain

Favourite racing experience/memory
Leading up Westmoreland Road for Amanda with Pat Eddery onboard when he won at Newmarket.

Horses you look after
Freetodream, Unreal Connection, Wild Tempo

Stuart Packham

Farrier

Stuart has been working at Coombelands for 16 years and is responsible for the care and management of our racehorses’ feet. This includes shoeing, fitting racing plates and remedial farriery. Stuart has use of our onsite forge.

Administration

Julie Cooper

Racing Secretary

Julie has worked for Amanda for 12 years and in racing for a number of years. Julie manages the day-to-day running of the office at Coombelands including race entries and declarations, jockey bookings and liaison with owners.

Veterinary

Matt Waterhouse

Vet

BVetMed, Cert EM (Int), Cert VA, MRCVS

Director

Matt graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1991 before joining a large mixed practice in Hampshire. He took time out to travel the world, stopping briefly to work in New Zealand before returning to the UK as an intern in an equine referral practice in Lambourn.

In 1995 he joined the ambulatory team of the Arundel Equine Hospital and was awarded his Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s Certificate in Equine Internal medicine in 1997. In 1998 he went to South Africa to work in a racehorse practice in Johannesburg. Returning to Arundel in 2000, he gained his RCVS Certificate in Anaesthesia in 2003 and became a partner in the practice in 2005. Matt has an interest in all aspects of horse care.

Outside of work, endurance sports such as triathlon, road and mountain biking keep him busy whilst his knees last.

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