Farm and Yard
Yardman at Arlary
David is based at Arlary and is responsible there for yard management, general yardwork and pasture management. He is also in charge of the mucking out and bedding down of the stables in the main front yard. He hays all the horses, giving them each a specific amount, and brings over the haylage bales from Kilduff. On work mornings Davey harrows the gallops in between lots and has overall management of the woodchip gallop at Arlary. He also organises the delivery of Bedmax at Arlary and unloads the lorries with Bedmax and with feed from Spillars.
Junior Yardman At Arlary
Jake knows the yard well as both his father, Euan, and grandfather, Alan worked here, and Jake grew up living in the Lodge for some years. Jake joined us in 2016 when just sixteen, having had helped out on the yard when still at school. He is a most enthusiastic and capable boy who will turn his hand to anything. As well as tractor driving, maintaining the gallops, and keeping the stables and yard clean and tidy, Jake is learning about horse care and helps to brush off and turn out the horses. In his spare time, he loves riding his motorbike and mending anything mechanical.
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, and can brush off, rug up and turn them out. He, Jake, James, and Davey work as a team and keep the yard tidy to a high standard. 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.
James joined the yard in March 2017. Born and raised in Kinross he started work as a kitchen porter. Feeling a change of career he joined the yard to help Jake and David as the yard has continued to grown. In his spare time he prefers two wheels instead of four hooves by participating in cycling and motor cross.
Callum joined us in September 2016 as a yardman. With prior experience in this field working for the council in ground maintenance. He has previously been part of the Amazon team in Dunfermline. Callum is a Milnathort local.
A farmers son, Will is based at Kilduff where he helps wth all the yard work and farm work. He joined the team as farm manager in 2014 for a year before jetting off to Australia to play semi professional rugby and work for trainer Michael Freedman. During which he led up G1 Golden Slipper in the richest 2 yo race in the world. He re-joined the yard in March 2017. He has graduated with a degree in Ecology from the University of Aberdeen.