Oliver started his equestrian career Eventing, representing Great Britain at junior level and running a successful yard in Suffolk, where he grew up.
He produced and competed a string of event horses up to the old three-star level and created a breeding program, bringing back a foundation mare from Heath Ryan’s Australian setup. The most successful horse from this now competes at Prix St George in dressage, aiming for the Grand Prix circuit. Following a serious fall when 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 and learning the Lambourn gallops before spending a year in America with USA Hall of Fame trainer, Jonathan Sheppard.
Now retired, 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 as assistant trainer for a further three seasons, before taking out his own license in September 2019 at The Croft Stables.
Oliver started with a young string of unhandicapped horses and his first winner came in July 2020 with Etat Major Aulmes at Newton Abbot. Over the past year the yard has gone from strength to strength, finishing this season with some respectable stats from the growing number of horses.
“It’s been a challenging time to start training but I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made. I’m really looking forward to building up the exciting string of young horses and chalking up some more winners”
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