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James Evans has been involved with horseracing for many years.  He started his career in the 1970's riding as a professional jockey with jumps trainer Roddy Armitage, and went on to work for Martin Tate and perhaps most notably John Spearing.

As a young jump jockey James rode 80 winners from the age of seventeen through to twenty-four, with wins in the Greenham Hurdle at Newbury on Gambling Price and also two rides in the Grand National, completing for 13th place in 1979 on Lean Forward.  James also made it into the winners enclosure at Cheltenham, finishing third in the Triumph Hurdle.

Injury forced him into early retirement at the age of twenty-four, where he then pursued an alternative career, however in the 90's he and his wife Jane started to train Point to Pointers with plenty of success. Working very much as a husband and wife team, James and Jane took out a full licence for both jumping and flat in 2006 and from limited opportunities have managed to already post a number of winners on both codes.

With space for twenty horses, they have a medium sized training operation but the two of them have very high expectations of themselves and their horses.

James says "We don't have hundreds of horses - which is the way we like it, it means we get to know each of our horses inside out and so we can tailor their training regime and their race placement to suit them as an individual.  Both Jane and myself are very excited at having Ownaracehorse as owners in the yard, and we are looking forward to meeting the shareholders at our yard and also the races."

He continued "We have a very clear idea of how to train racehorses, and it starts with them being well-cared for and above all happy animals. We have found that if you can get them to the racecourse in good shape and mentally ready they will always perform for you.  Then its a case of ensuring you've found the right race and riding tactics to suit."

We are delighted to have Jane and James as trainers for Ownaracehorse and we are looking forward to contributing to their success over the coming seasons.
  Based:  Broadwas, Worcestershire
  Horses in Yard 20
  Yard Type Dual Purpose
  Staff 6
  Years Training 12
  Jump Wins 20
  Flat Wins 9
  Total Win % 8%
  Stable Star Phoenix Flight
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Yard Details      

James Evans's yard is based on the edge of the village of Broadwas, close to Worcester.

James has stabling facilities for twenty horses and his dual purpose yard has a mixture of jumping and flat horses.  As well as walkers and paddock facilities, James has developed two separate gallops for his horses - a five furlong all-weather wood-chip gallop, and a six furlong grass gallop for the spring and summer.

His paddocks extend to over 100 acres, allowing both the fillies and geldings, as well as the colts plenty of space to spend time out in the field when not in full training.

The yard is very well placed to get to a number of local racecourses - with Worcester, Stratford, Warwick, Nottingham, Leicester, Wolverhampton, Bath, Chepstow and most of the London courses including Sandown, Lingfield and Kempton all being reachable in less than two hours.

James tends to run his jumpers locally, but will travel further afield with the flat horses.  He is a regular at the All-Weather courses of Wolverhampton, Lingfield and Kempton.

The yard itself is set within the quiet rolling Warwickshire countryside. James made use of one of the few hills in the area to build his gallops against, in order to optimise his horses work and be kinder to their joints.

An idyllic setting for a horseman we are sure is going to make a big impression in the training ranks over the next few seasons.



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