Oliver Signy is a young National Hunt trainer, based at The Croft Stables in Upper Lambourn. He was only training for six months before the first lockdown happened and despite the challenges of the past year has been improving the yard to bring it back to its former glory.
At the moment the string is small but he is looking forward to expanding the numbers and filling up the refurbished 31 box yard when owners are welcomed back to the yard again.
Ollie, started his equestrian career Eventing, representing Great Britain at junior level and running a successful yard in Suffolk, where he grew up. He competed and produced a string of event horses up to 3 star level and created a breeding program, bringing back a foundation mare from Heath Ryan’s Australian set up. The most successful horse from this now competes at Prix St George in dressage, aiming for the Grand Prix circuit. Following a serious fall whilst competing, he studied at Cirencester Agricultural College gaining a degree in International Equine and Agricultural Business Management.
Having always followed racing and bred some point-to-point horses, Ollie jumped at the opportunity to work as Oliver Sherwood’s assistant. This coincided with the Many Clouds era, cementing the dream of being a trainer in his own right. Ollie spent two years working at Rhonehurst and learning the Lambourn gallops before spending a year in America with USA Hall of Fame trainer, Jonathan Sheppard. Jonathan moved to the states in 1961 becoming an institution for aspiring English trainers to learn their trade. On returning to Lambourn he joined Jamie Snowden at Folly House as assistant trainer for three successful seasons. Having had such a broad base in horses and been lucky enough to work at 2 successful Lambourn yards, the village was the obvious place to base his own yard.
The first season has been challenging with his first winner coming last July, behind closed doors and with everyone in facemasks – a sight which has now become the new normal. There are some exciting young horses on the yard, which are starting their novice hurdle careers this spring and he is looking forward to chalking up some more winners.
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