Seamus Mullins

Born in 1962 to one of Ireland’s most prestigious racing families I was always surrounded by horses and ponies.

History

Born in 1962 to one of Ireland’s most prestigious racing families I was always surrounded by horses and ponies. My uncle Paddy Mullins who trained the world famous mare ‘Dawn Run’ to win the Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle, used my father Jim’s farm and stables to train hundreds of winners and win no less than 10 Irish trainers titles during his long career. My cousins Willie, Tony and Tom are all successful trainers in Ireland and my brother Gerard combines training a small string of horses with running a public gallops business and farming.

After an education at Rockwell College and University College Dublin I came to England to work as assistant trainer to Toby Balding in 1981. Having spent further years with Jim Old and Jimmy Fitzgerald, I set up my own Point-to-Point training business in 1985. Always riding as an amateur I was lucky enough to ride plenty of winners under rules and “between the flags” and crowned off my riding career by winning the 1989 Nation Hunt Chase at Cheltenham festival for my good friend Toby Balding. Having built up my Point-to-Point business and moved to Hatherden Stables near Andover, I took out a public trainer’s license in 1991. Moving to
Wilsford Stables in 1995 I have built up my business to train over fifty horses both flat and jumping. Wilsford stables is owned by the “Bailey Family,” and is where my good friend Peter Bailey trained many big race winners during his career.


Being from a family of stockmen I enjoy my animals and am very much a “hands on” trainer. There is nothing I enjoy more than watching my horses do their morning exercise and feeding them their early morning and late evening feeds. I enjoy the one-to-one relationship with the horses and have even been known to chat to them when nobody is around!

On the more human side, owner participation is actively
encouraged and I like to keep the owners involved with the training and running plans of their horses. Some owners come and ride out their horses and most of them visit the yard on a regular basis to enjoy the atmosphere and watch their horse’s progress. Not every horse can be a Saturday winner but I appreciate that they all mean the world to their owners and even the most modest success makes all our hard work
worthwhile.

I try to run a relaxed regime in the yard where even the most junior members of staff can feel valued and that their input really matters. I demand the highest standards of equine management and the result is a team that works well together and ensures that my number one priority “horse welfare” is also their top priority. I source most of the horses myself, but am lucky to be sent some very nice home bred horses by many owner breeders.

What of the future? Every trainer will say that they just want to go on training winners and I can promise you I’m just like the rest of them in that regard. Above all, I want my owners, my staff, my jockeys and everyone involved in the yard to share my passion and enthusiasm and to realise, just as I did back in Ireland with Uncle Paddy that racing is the most frustrating, fascinating and addictive game in the world. I feel very lucky to be one tiny part of it.

Wilsford Stables

Set in the quiet Woodford valley overlooking the world heritage site of Stonehenge. With private facilities including all-weather gallops, extensive grass gallops and schooling for both hurdles and fences. Two horse walkers, lunge pens and an arena/loose schooling area. Wilsford Stables has proved to be an excellent location for training racehorses.

Gallops

We have 2x purpose built artificial surface gallops. A 3.5-furlong ‘DayTrack’ straight gallop and a carpet fibre sand 3.5-furlong round gallop. The yard is part of a wider estate will miles of tracks and grassland that can be used for grass gallops and hacks.

Paddocks

We have nearly 30 acres of turn out paddocks, which enables us to turn out the horses on a daily basis, we believe this to be invaluable.

Transport

Currently we have two dedicated equine lorries, a 2 horse 3.5ton box and a 4 horse 7 .5ton lorry.

Walkers

With space for 10 horses at a time, this allows us to get every horse out of their stables with low grade therapeutic exercise every day in addition to time spent under saddle.

Schooling

We have hurdles on grass and on all-weather surface for year round schooling and 5 full size National Hunt fences for schooling the chasers.

The Parish

Wilsford-cum-Lake

The village of Wilsford-cum-Lake was formed in the 1950s by the amalgamation of the hamlets Wilsford and Lake. Both halves of the village have a Manor or Squires house. Lake House was restored by Detmar Blow in 1910 and Wilsford Manor built into its current form by him a year or two later, both in local chequer board style. The village is either side of a country road and lies between the river Avon and rolling farmland.

The population of the village is only 80 on the electoral roll and include Sting and Seamus Mullins who both employ many local people. Although there is no public house in the village there a few nearby that also provide accommodation. However, there is a thriving Lake Estate Club which hosts skittle and dance evenings and is available for wedding receptions etc. The first recording of a church at Wilsford was in 1053. The current building, St Michael’s, was restored in 1851 and there is little of the original stone remaining. A sensible size for the village, it seats 70 in comfort – a number exceeded only at midnight on Christmas Eve and approached at Easter. It is many years since Wilsford has had its own Vicar.

Meet The Team

James Mullins

Assistant trainer

James Mullins

Heather Kavanagh

Yard Manager

Heather Kavanagh

Steph Tooze

Racing Secretary

Steph Tooze

Ali Dunford

Racing Co-ordinator

Ali Dunford

Kevin (Reggie) Eggleton

Feed manager / Yard team

Reggie Eggleton

Jo Savill

Barn leader & Yard person

Jo Savill

Matthew Fielding

Barn leader/ Work Rider & Amateur-P2P-Jockey

Matthew Fielding

Asya Trovato

Barn leader & Work Rider

 

Asya Trovato

Chelsea Eggleton

Barn leader & Work Rider

 

Chelsea Eggleton

Robert Pawlak

Groom & Yard Person

Robert Pawlak

Connor Smith

Apprentice Stable Person

Connor Smith

Lamorna Bardwell

Work Rider

Lamorna Bardwell

Amy Canham

 

Work Rider

Amy Canham

Grace Perfect

Work rider

Grace Perfect

Kevin Jones –

Claiming Professional Jockey

Kevin Jones

Dan Sansom

Stable Conditional Jockey

Dan Sansom

Jerry Mcgrath-

Professional Jockey

Jerry McGrath

Luca Morgan

Work rider & Amateur Jockey

Luca Morgan

Katie O’Hare

Weekend Groom & Work rider

Katie O’Hare

Kaitlyn Connor

Weekend Groom & Yard Person

Kaitlyn Connor

Sam Woods-Stoneman

Weekend Groom & Work Rider

Sam Woods-Stoneman

Weekend work rider

Hannah White

Ralph Elliott

Weekend Work Rider

Ralph Elliott

Brett Stevens

Media & Racing Club Manager

Brett Stevens

Angie Pickard

Book keeper

 

Angie Pickard

Vanessa Davidson –

Equine Physiotherapist

Vanessa Davidson

Clive Hamblin –

Veterinary surgeon

Clive Hamblin

Simon Young

Farrier

 

Simon Young