Norton Grove Stud Staff

Norton Grove Stud is a family run business that has been operating for over 40 years, led by Richard with his wife Maggie and employing three generations of the Lingwood family along with a number of dedicated and reliable staff.

Management and Administration

Richard Lingwood is the Stud manager and he is supported by his wife Maggie, who is the Stud secretary.

Richard and the family have been operating the stud since 1995.

Richard Lingwood

Richard Lingwood: Stud Manager

Richard was born in Norfolk in 1944 and at the tender age of 9 years old for his birthday was dragged down to his local riding school. He then progressed from there to his first job working for an international show jumper at Rutland.

Yorkshire saw the arrival of Richard in 1961 when he started work with Major J Hudson where he travelled the Northern show jumping circuit. It was in the early 70’s when Major Hudson bought a stallion called Count Albany that Norton Grove Stud was born.

Richard and his wife Maggie and family have been operating the stud since 1995 when they inherited Major Hudson’s share after his sudden death.

On average Richard foals 60 plus mares a season with the help of his family and dedicated staff. The Stud’s record for most foals in a season is an impressive 89.

 

Maggie Lingwood

Maggie Lingwood: Stud Secretary

Maggie has worked at Norton Grove Stud for over 40 years and is the Stud Secretary. Maggie is also involved with the hands on day to day work with the horses. Her knowledge of all matters equine is widely respected throughout the racing and racehorse breeding community in Ryedale.

 

 

 

Grooms

Much of the day to day work at the stud and handling of mares and foals is carried out by our excellent team of grooms who have countless years of experience working with the residents at the yard.

 

Tina

Tina Pople

Daughter of Richard and Maggie, Tina works as a groom. She also does much of the computer work and runs the website and the Stud’s Facebook site.

Questions and Answers …

  • Favourite Mare at Norton Grove?  Past Mare Belltina, Present Bridle Belle.
  • Favourite racehorse(s)? Soie D’Leau closely followed by Bowson Fred.
  • Biggest achievement in career? Belltina finishing 4th at York.
  • What is your first memory of racing? Helping foal a Frankel foal and taking on the computer side of the job for dad without any training also representing The EBF and Norton Grove Presenting prizes at the racecourses.
  • What career did you want to follow when you were at school?  Wanted to work in a kitchen cooking.
  • What do you like best about your job? Bringing new life into the world and watching them grow up and run on a racetrack.

Ian

Ian Pople

Ian’s jobs include holding mares for covering, giving out all the hay also looking after the cats!

Questions and Answers …

  • Favourite racehorse(s)? Ian’s past favourite is Sea the Stars and his current favourite is Soie D’Leau
  • Biggest achievement in career? Taking over covering holding the mares
  • What is your first memory of racing? Passion Fruit winning at Thirsk
  • What career did you want to follow when you were at school? Painter
  • What do you like best about your job? Looking after the young stock

Emma

Emma Smith

Emma works as a groom at Norton Grove Stud, handling mares and foals. She has fulfilled her career ambition to work with horses.

Questions and Answers …

  • Favourite mare at Norton Grove?  Princess Cocoa
  • Favourite racehorse?  Fat Boy (Soie de L’eau)
  • Biggest achievement in career?   Learning to lead the foals in the correct way
  • What is your first memory of racing?  Being at the Northern Racing College
  • What career did you want to follow when you were at school?  I wanted to work with horses and nothing else
  • What do you like best about your job? I like been able to bond with the mares and foals and leading them in and out.

 

Laura

Laura

Laura is pictured here with her daughter Ellie.

Questions and Answers …

  • Favourite mare at Norton Grove?  Past Katy O Hara,  Present Pepper Lane
  • Favourite racehorse?  Sheoak in training with David O Meara
  • Biggest achievement in career?  Raising Sheoak known to us as Penny and manhandling anything
  • What is your first memory of racing?  My grandad (Richard) convincing me not to back a horse at 60-1 that mum had told me to and I listened to him and it won!  I was very cross.
  • What career did you want to follow when you were at school?  Veterinary nurse
  • What do you like best about your job?  Working with my family and helping babies born and seeing our babies turn into racehorses and then having their own foals.

 

Mandy

Mandy Smith

Questions and Answers …

  • Favourite mare at Norton Grove?  Princess Cocoa.
  • Favourite racehorse?   Fat boy of course lol.
  • What is your first memory of racing?  Working on Jimmy Fitzgeralds yard and learning from a wonderful trainer of horses.
  • What career did you want to follow when you were at school?  Horses.
  • What do you like best about your job?  All of it.

Will

Will Bailey

Will is a groom and is also our main tractor driver at the Stud.

Questions and Answers …

  • Favourite mare at Norton Grove?  Pepper Lane
  • Favourite racehorse(s)? Soie D’Leau
  • Biggest achievement in career? Taking over trailer tipping
  • What is your first memory of racing? Watching the grand national with everyone from the yard
  • What career did you want to follow when you were at school?  Landscape Gardening
  • What do you like best about your job? Working with family

Jessica

Jessica

Questions and Answers …

  • Favourite mare at Norton Grove?
  • Favourite racehorse?
  • Biggest achievement in career?
  • What is your first memory of racing?
  • What career did you want to follow when you were at school?
  • What do you like best about your job?

Chloe

Chloe Smith

Questions and Answers …

  • Favourite mare at Norton Grove?  Lady Lauchmar
  • Favourite racehorse?  Sandy Gem
  • Biggest achievement in career?  Growing the confidence to lead foals.
  • What is your first memory of racing?  Being in the owners paddocks at York watching one of the foals she had looked after run
  • What career did you want to follow when you were at school?  Wanted to work with elderly people and children.
  • What do you like best about your job?  Spending time with the foals and brushing the yearlings.

Support staff

There are many different jobs to do at Norton Grove, and besides grooms we employ the services of vets, blacksmiths, tractor drivers amongst a wide variety of other staff!

 

Tim

Tim Pople

Questions and Answers …

  • Favourite Mare at Norton Grove? Past Silky Silence, present Lady Luachmar.
  • Favourite racehorse? Dancing Brave
  • Biggest achievement in career?  Breeding and breaking in a winning racehorse (Soie D’Leau)
  • What is your first memory of racing?   Going racing to Beverley with Frank Carr and being attacked by greenfly!
  • What career did you want to follow when you were at school?  To work in racing
  • What do you like best about your job?  Looking after problem yearlings and bringing new life into the world

 

 

Guy

Guy

Guy Stevens is our blacksmith.  He has many years of experience and provides a first class service to Norton Grove.

 

 

Vet

Vet

Our veterinary services are provided by Minster Equine which is less than 10 minutes away from the Stud with vets on hand 24 hours a day.

Others

Here at Norton Grove the staff are supported by a comprehensive team of four and two legged friends including dogs, cats, horses, ponies, ducks and chickens!

 

Sugarfoot

Sugarfoot

Formerly in training with Nigel Tinkler, Sugarfoot is a Group 3 winner and is our ‘teaser’.

 

 

 

Ducks

George, Stempey and Baby George

Our residents ducks!

 

 

 

Bosco

Bosco

Bosco is the resident squirrel hunter

 

 

 

Abby

Abby

 

 

 

 

Jethro

Jethro

 

 

 

 

Cara

Cara

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry

Henry

Henry is the only named cat!  He is in charge of pest control duties.

 

Haggis

Haggis

Haggis is a pest controller and likes to catch rabbits and rats and mice!

 

Hamish

Hamish

Hamish likes to hunt rabbits with his friend Haggis.