The Team

A wealth of experience combined with the energy of youth provides a team for all seasons, to ensure that Kingsclere will move with the times, and that its future promises to continue the legacy of its glorious past.

The Team

A wealth of experience combined with the energy of youth provides a team for all seasons, to ensure that Kingsclere will move with the times, and that its future promises to continue the legacy of its glorious past.

Balding Family

In addition to Andrew, the other members of the Balding family are all involved at Kingsclere. Andrew’s father, Ian trained here for thirty nine years and still rides out each morning on his hack, whilst Andrew’s mother Emma runs the Kingsclere Stud, from which she has bred many stars for the Kingsclere Racing Club. Andrew’s wife Anna Lisa plays a key role in the running of the business and the management of staff and owners, whilst the kids all help out in the holidays.

Andrew's Bio

Assistant Trainer

Nigel Walker

Nigel has worked in racing for thirty years and has been involved at Kingsclere for over ten years, initially as Head Lad and then as Assistant Trainer since 2017. He is in charge of the day-to-day running of the yard, assists Andrew in supervising the horses on the gallops, and manages all our stalls training.

Racing Manager

Tessa Hetherington

A former barrister and a graduate of the Godolphin Flying Start programme, Tessa has worked at Kingsclere since 2014. She assists Andrew with owner communications and race planning, and is responsible for the yard magazine and instagram account. She also runs the yard’s consignment at the sales and helps buy yearlings each autumn.

Yard Managers

Kevin Hunt, Ross Burdon, Maddy O’Meara, Ben Corke and Natalie Lloyd-Beavis are our yard managers and between them have a wealth of experience in horse management. Each manager is responsible for the welfare of the horses in their yards, feeding and checking them each day and ensuring a high standard of work from the staff team.

Senior Travelling Staff

Simon Humphries and Sam Geake head up our senior travelling team, taking charge of our horses and staff at the races and ensuring that everything goes smoothly at the track.

Veterinary

Simon and Jamie Knapp of Berkshire Equine are our vets. Simon has been the vet here for over thirty years and has an exceptional level of experience in his field. He is a member of the BHA’s veterinary committee and the senior racecourse vet at Ascot, Sandown, Epsom and Kempton. His son Jamie joined the team in 2019 and, ably assisted by veterinary nurse Laura Perkins, they provide timely and expert care to all our horses.

Farrier

Eugene Cullen has been our resident farrier since starting here as an apprentice many years ago! He is responsible for the maintenance of the horses’ feet and ensure that they are appropriately shod for training and racing.

Riders & Grooms

We are blessed with an excellent team of riders and ground-staff, most of whom live on site. We have a good balance between promising young riders and older staff with invaluable experience. Each full-time groom looks after around five horses, doing them every afternoon and taking them racing. This enables horse and carer to form a bond and means that anything out of the ordinary is quickly spotted and reported.

Office

Lindy Rees and Becci Thompson are our racing secretaries. They oversee entries, declarations, travel, accounts, payroll and all the other important administrative functions of a racing office. They are assisted by Sue Stringer and Mary Gee, who help keep the books in order!