Integral to the success of the yard are our staff, who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience.
James Graduated from Reading University with a degree in Real Estate, but he always knew his true calling was racing. James has been around horses all his life, enjoying success as an amateur rider while assisting his father John Ferguson at his Bloomfield’s yard outside Newmarket. James family have trained winners under the Bloomfield’s banner and have been involved in the bloodstock world for over thirty years, therefore James initial grounding has been second to none.
James chose to further his understanding and knowledge of the sport by spending time within other top training establishments. He took the role as assistant trainer to the legendary Sir Mark Prescott, before taking on similar roles with Charlie Appleby, Brian Meehan, as well as Jessica Harrington in Ireland.
Within these roles James was offered the opportunity for extensive travel. Accompanying equine stars such as the likes of Geelong Cup winner Qewy, and Sydney Cup winner Polarisation on their travels.
This diverse schooling and education has enabled James to assemble the skill set to train racehorses, with particular focus on stable care, fitness, and strategic race planning in order to give the owner the best possible chance of success.
A vital cog in the day to day running of the yard. Aideen brings a wealth of experience to James Ferguson Racing Aideen. Learning from racing greats such as Champion trainers Ian Balding, Major Dick Hern and Sir Henry Cecil. Aideen was Sir Henry Cecil’s head girl and during her time there she cared for equine stars such as Timepiece, Midday and Jacqueline Quest. Aideen has international experience having spent time in both Kentucky and Dubai. A fountain of knowledge; Aideen provides invaluable experience for a young team like ours.
Our well-travelled head girl Alyson West brings an abundance of knowledge to the team. Having initially started her education with Grand National winning trainer Jenny Pitman, Alyson travelled across the world to ride over Jumps in New Zealand. Upon her return Alyson entered the prestigious establishment of Heath House, under the watchful eye of Sir Mark Prescott. Alyson spent over 30 years at Heath House, where she travelled internationally for Sir Mark caring for the likes of Marsha, Pivotal, Alborada and Pallasator. Alyson’s horsemanship and attention to detail is second to none; a great teacher for a young and aspiring team like ours.