THE HEATHERWOLD TEAM
Mike Caddy, Owner and Director
Unlike the rest of the team, Mike Caddy did not grow up surrounded by horses. Having worked his way up in International Banking, several years ago he invested a bonus from work in a share in a racehorse and swiftly became hooked in racehorse ownership. Having had several successful horses in training with William Muir, such as the ace sprinter Texas Gold and the Bunbury Cup winner, Material Witness, Mike decided to build up his own stud, starting by retiring some of his fillies.
In 2003, Mike purchased Heatherwold Stud, which then underwent a major revamp. Since then several of his fillies have retired to the paddocks, with several more currently in training, soon to follow in their footsteps. Mike still lives in Hong Kong for parts of the year, where he is a Race Steward of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Mike is very much an active Director of Heatherwold. He is able, via satelite CCTV, to keep an eye on all that goes on at the stud, including watching the foalings. With the assistance of Jeremy Brummitt, Mike selects nominations for the stud.
THE HEATHERWOLD TEAM
David Newland, Stud Groom
David joined the Heatherwold Team in January 2016 and has brought with him a wealth of experience, having grown up on Studs including Adstock Manor and Littleton Stud. He also spent 14 years at Crimbourne Stud where his father, Clive Newland, was Stud Groom. More recently he has worked at New England Stud and Brightwalton Stud. In his earlier career he worked as Stud Groom at Bloomsbury Stud, New Zealand and as Stud Groom at Lawn Stud where he produced the Oaks winner Look Here.
Martin Dwyer, Jockey
Martin is a professional Jockey of 20 years. He has ridden major races in the UK and worldwide, including winning The Derby and The Oaks. We are pleased to welcome Martin on-board as an ambassador for Heatherwold Stud and Martin is very excited to be part of the Team and see a different side to racing.
Joanna Muir, Stud Secretary
Jo Muir has had plenty of experience with stud work. Employed at Fawley Stud as a Stud Hand and later at North Farm Stud. Jo latterly worked for the NFU organising general insurance and the office accounts. We managed to lure her back to stud work where she enjoys running the Office.
Jo Masson, Marketing Executive
Jo joined the Heatherwold Team in November 2015 to provide office assistance with a particular focus on Marketing and PR. Jo previously worked as Cabin Crew for a UK airline and is now thoroughly enjoying being part of the Heatherwold Team.
Mark Pugh, Official Photographer
Mark joined the Heatherwold Team as official photographer in 2016, following a visit to the Stud with West Berkshire Racing Club where Mark got to know the Team and realised immediately that he had a lot to offer. Mark left school to work at Hart Hill stud, where he worked alongside Jeremy Brummit, Bloodstock Agent, for several years. He worked in various training yards in Lambourn such as Nicky Henderson and Charlie Nelson. He has also had a few Hunter chase rides as an amateur jockey.
Mark left racing to pursue a new career in photography and media as a freelance within the industry.
David Austin, Second Person
David joined the team in 2012, having previously worked at Highclere, Gainsborough and Raffin Studs as a Stud Hand. Following this, he worked at Lambourn Racehorse Transport before running his own Stud, Touchwood Stud and then joining Heatherwold.
Laura Miller, Stud Hand
Laura joined Heatherwold in October 2012. She has had a varied career, this being her first role at a Thoroughbred stud. Laura has a degree in Environmental Biology and loves horses and dogs.
Simon Hills, Stud Hand
Simon is the longest surviving member of the team having been here since 1991. Having grown up in Burghclere, he spent a few years in the steelwork industry before coming to work at Heatherwold. He is involved in all aspects of the stud work and in particular takes care of the paddock work in the summer months.
Andrew Lally, Grounds Keeper
At Heatherwold we are extremely proud of our impressive grounds and we are very fortunate that we have Andrew who has been maintaining them since 2013, prior to which he worked as a Ski Instructor and Barista.