Spigot Racing Ltd, Spigot Lodge, Coverham, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4TL -
Helping Make Spigot Lodge Successful
Karl Burke places real value on the important role his team play in making the yard successful.
The whole team do a great job at caring for the horses individual needs and getting them to the races in the best possible form they can be.
Karl's eldest daughter Kelly has worked in the family business since she left school. Kelly runs the office aswell as rides out every morning and regularly goes racing whether that's driving the box or saddling and looking after owners. She used to ride as an Amateur jockey where she had four winners from around fifty rides.
Lucy Burke has also worked for the family business since she left school. Lucy is very hands on in the yard and has a major roll. Lucy is in charge of feeding and nutrition a very important and complex part of the success of a racehorse. Lucy is a very good rider and helps back the yearlings she has also ridden winners as an amateur jockey.
Colin Brister, Ian McLelland, Steven Avery & Charlie Robertson
Colin is in charge of the day to day running of the yard and staff and responsible for medicals and work along side our vet Philip Jones.
Ian joined the team in 2015. He has years of experience and knowledge having worked in racing since his teens. He is working with Colin Brister to manage the staff and supervise with the horses daily routine and care.
Steven Avery has joined our expanding team as head lad to work alongside Colin & Ian. Steven spent a long stint with Mark Tompkins and we think he will be a good asset to our growing team.
Charlie Robertson has just joined us as Head Girl along with her partner Matthew. As we have expanded we require plenty of senior staff to make sure the running of the yard goes smoothly. Charlie is very experienced and has worked in racing all her life we are delighted to have her as part of the team. Matt is a very experienced rider and has had rides on the track.
Pierre Burban has been with us many years as a French national he is in charge of the French Travel and accompanies our many runners that we have over in France. When at home Pierre rides out and helps out with checking round and medicals.
Clifford Lee joined us at the start of 2016 as a 7lb claimer having only ridden one winner, he had a sensational year last year notching up some big wins on Intense Tango & Felix Leiter and rode out his 7lb claim. He has not ridden much on the all weather over the winter to save his claim and will start the 2017 turf season with a 5lb claim. He has done very well and is looking forward to the season ahead.
Marike Bronke -
Marike is from Holland and has joined us this year and comes in three times a week to treat the horses.
Jack Smith and Liisi Hallik
Jack & Liisi are our longest serving members of staff and have been with is many years. Liisi is in charge on the yards and organised the yard team on a morning she also does the feeding with Lucy. Jack rides out and breaks the yearlings in aswell as being the Handy man about the yard.
Kathryn has been part of the team in different roles for almost twenty years with
a short break to have her twin girls. Kathryn has re-
Louise along with Kathryn rides out a couple of lots and helps Kelly with the day to Day running of the office.
RHONA PINDAR 7LB Claimer
Rhona joined us in June to become one of the teams Apprentice Jockeys claiming 7lb. Rhona came to us having ridden in Point To Points, in hunter chases and in races under rules on the flat also, but her very light weight has swayed her to becoming an apprentice on the flat, she has already ridden her first winner for us on Star Of Zaam at Windsor and had a few close calls since then.
Mark Simms has been with us for over four years and is currently taking his HGV test as he has been appointed one of our travelling head staff roles where he will be in charge of transporting and looking after horses while away racing.
Phil Jone -
Phil has been our vet since we moved to Yorkshire 17 years ago. He is our main vet and visits the yard three times a week along with Baker Mcveigh vets who visit once a week. Phil is a valuable member of the team and works closely with the head lads to monitor all horses treatments.
JOHNATHAN FISHER 7LB Claimer
Johnny is another of our Apprentice's here at Spigot also claiming 7lb, he joined us not so long ago in August from Robert Cowells yard where he had already ridden a few winners. London Protocol was his first winner for Karl and the infamous ONTOAWINNER syndicate at Carlisle.
JOSEPH O' GORMAN
Joe has recently joined us from Kevin Ryans yard to become our Assistant Trainer and help with the day to day running and organisation of the yard and staff. He brings with him a wealth of Knowledge and will be a massive asset to the team here at Spigot Lodge.
Sophie is another of our secretary's, she rides out in the mornings and works in the office in the afternoons alongside Kelly, however still enjoys going racing so will occasionally lead up at the races when needed.