Mark Walford was brought up around racehorses - his father Tim trained winners on the flat and over jumps for over 15 years at the yard on the family farm.
Mark's interest in racing began with a job riding out at Mick Easterby's during the school holidays. This led on to success as a point to point and amateur jockey alongside his full time job; he rode more than 80 winners while riding as an amateur jockey.
He started his training career as Pupil Assistant to Mick Channon before moving back to Yorkshire to work as John Quinn's Assistant Trainer for two years. Before making the move to work in the family business as Assistant in 2008, Mark spent a spell working in America with top US trainer Neil Drysdale.
Having taken over the trainer's licence in February 2014, it continues to be a family business with Tim now acting as Assistant while Gill also is an integral part of the team and Mark's wife Molly works in the office part time.
Mark has built upon his parents' hard work and achievements. He is expanding the yard in size and quality and in the last eight years the yard has seen success with horses under both codes.
This website aims to offer an insight into how the operation works; from meeting the team, to viewing the horses in training, seeing the facilities, and watching videos through the Youtube channel.
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