The Balding family

Anna Lisa Balding

Anna Lisa has been involved in racing for over 16 years, having previously held roles in marketing and PR at Windsor and Epsom racecourses. She plays a key role at Kingsclere in many facets of the business, and in particular is responsible for organising owner visits and other events at Kingsclere throughout the year, and for keeping the lads and lasses in the hostel in order!

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Ian Balding

Ian trained at Kingsclere from 1964 to 2003. He took over the licence at the age of 26 on the untimely death of Peter Hastings-Bass, to whom he had been Assistant and from whom he inherited a number of influential owners, including Her Majesty the Queen and the American millionaire Paul Mellon. Formerly a successful amateur jockey, Ian proved to be a shrewd and successful trainer, placing his horses well and taking early advantage of the opportunities offered by campaigning his string in Europe.

Ian Balding

During his tenure at Kingsclere Ian trained over 2,000 winners, including the winners of 123 Group races. He headed the overseas trainers’ table on three separate occasions and was Champion Trainer in Britain in 1971.

Ian continues to play an active role in the Kingsclere operation, riding out with the string on a daily basis and taking particular responsibility for the gallops and other facilities.

Emma Balding

Married to Ian and the daughter of former Kingsclere trainer Peter Hastings-Bass, Emma plays a very important part in the running of the operation. She has an exceptional eye for a horse and has been responsible for many bargain yearling purchases over the last thirty years, unearthing stars such as Tagula, Halmahera, Border Arrow, Phoenix Reach, Pentecost, Vanderlin, Dubaian Gift, Dubaian Duel, Nicobar, Chiberta King, Top Lock, Prince Siegfried, Goldoni, Zanetto and Gardening Leave, all of which were bought for 40,000 guineas or less.

Emma is also responsible for the running of Kingsclere Stud, which lies adjacent to the racing yard. From a small nucleus of mares and using affordable stallions, she has established a highly successful breeding operation, producing generations of talented horses who enter the training operation (nowadays for the Kingsclere Racing Club). Home-bred stars include Group 1 winner Elm Park, Group 2 winner Passing Glance and his son, Group 1 winner Side Glance, Group 3 winner Hidden Meadow, and black-type performers Dashing Blue, Scorned, Kingsclere, Casual Glance, Overbrook, Rawaki and Intransigent.

Clare Balding

Andrew’s elder sister Clare grew up with him at Kingsclere and, like Andrew, was involved with horses from a young age. She was a successful amateur jockey and Champion Lady Rider in 1990, but nowadays is well known as one of Britain’s leading broadcasters, presenting a wide range of sports and other programmes, including Channel 4 Racing. Clare is married to the broadcaster Alice Arnold and splits her time between London and Kingsclere, still taking a keen interest in the yard and watching the horses work when her busy schedule allows.

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