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SINCE 1994, when Nick Littmoden first took out a trainer’s licence, he has moved only in one direction, upwards.
Before starting out on his own as a trainer, Nick built up a good understanding of the profession while serving as assistant to Jenny Pitman and, before that as pupil assistant to the late Mick Masson. “From the moment I found racehorse training as a 19-year-old, I’ve never wanted to do anything else. That was it, I was hooked,” says Nick.
He began as a salaried handler at Southwell racecourse with just three horses in his care where part of his remit was to teach students from a nearby college who themselves wanted to become trainers. Switching to Wolverhampton, Nick soon established his own business and took a lease on a yard there. His operation was growing rapidly at this stage with numbers rising as the successes came on an increasingly regular basis.
By early 1999, the realisation came that to continue progressing and improve the quality of stock it was necessary to move to larger premises. Therefore, in March of that year, Littmoden arrived at Southgate Stables on the Hamilton Road in Newmarket. On the all-weather, especially, Littmoden has been a major force, taking the top trainer’s title on no less than 5 separate occasions. Also, on the turf there have been many memorable days and Group wins in England and Ireland as well as frame finishes in Pattern company in both Germany and Canada. Sucesses at Royal Ascot and Heritage Handicaps is also where his name would have come to the fore.
2011 has seen the purchase of Brook Farm with a private onsite woodchip gallop, lunge pit, menage and 20 acres of paddocks for turnout. With Newmarket's facilities on our doorstep and only a short horse box ride away you would struggle to find a nicer place from which to train. Nick remains eager for more success and is looking forward to 2012 where he will be targeting the biggest prizes in the sport.
Emma is a key part of the organisation, juggling riding out, going racing and bringing up Grace, their 5 year old daughter. In between she also a partner in www.thelivingleader.com which runs Personal Leadership Programmes.
Through injury she has hung up her race boots but to date had ridden in over 120 races, had 15 winners plus one over fences. She has had the honour of representing Great Britain in Vienna, Slovakia, Malaysia and Baden Baden. She is now tuning her riding into cycling to look after her knee.
Danny has worked for Nick for the last two years. He has worked for Don Cantillon and James Toller and has held his amateur licence in the past. He lives with his girlfriend Alex and they have a son called James. After work Danny goes to the gym daily. His favourite horse who he looks after is BARNABY BROOK
Originally from Tunisia Haitham is the newest member of our team. He has travelled the world woking with thoroughbreds and brings a wealth of knowledge to the yard. His favourite horse is Danehill Dancer x Spinola
OLEKSANDR PESTRYY (SACHA)
Sascha has most recently worked for Darley Pretraining before joining the team at Brook Farm. He is married and has a young son. Before coming to Newmarket Sacha worked for Tim Easterby. His favourite horse is LIVING LEADER
DAVID 'FOO' FORMAN
Foo is the Yard Man at Brook Farm. He has worked for Nick for 10 years. He is a vital memeber of the team, making sure the gallop is looked after and turns his hand to anything that needs doing. In his spare time he can be found watching Speedway. He often comes into the yard with racing tips (sometimes we are lucky!) His favourite horse is THE STIG .
Steve is part of the furniture and has worked for Nick since 2004. Since retraining as a tree surgeon Steve rides out when he has time but can always be found in the yard on a saturday morning. He was apprentice to Nick in 2004 and knows exactly how Nick likes horses produced during work. He travels with us to Hong Kong every year and even though we don't see him as often as we like, he is a handy person to have around as he can always supply us with logs!!!! His favourite horse is Living Leader.
Possibly the most important member of the team! Grace knows the names of all of the horses at Brook Farm. She has a pony called Tiger Lily with whom she has attended shows this summer . I am pleased to say she returned with some red & blue rosettes - following in her parents footsteps!. Her favourite horses are LIVING LEADER and Tiger Lily. ( But loves them all !)