Gillian Carlisle – Chief Executive
Gillian joined the TRC in June 2015, having come from a professional background in operational management specializing in B2B, CRM, Marketing and strategy development in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors in Ireland, United States and Hong Kong. Previous to joining TRC she held the position of Equestrian Operations Manager for the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Gillian managed the HKJC Beas River facilities as well as being responsible for the rehabilitation and retraining of the retired racehorse population that were not exported by their race owners and overseeing the rehabilitation stables for active racehorses at BREC. As ninety-five percent of all the horses in riding schools and private livery stables in Hong Kong are retrained retired racehorses this provided Gillian with a huge amount of experience in this unique area which spans across the racing and equestrian industries.
Privately, horses have always been a huge part of Gillian’s life and she has been involved in equestrian sport for 30 years, riding competitively in both show jumping and eventing and being a registered Instructor (BHSII, SM).
Lauren Lindsay – Office Manager
Lauren joined the TRC in March 2015 as the Office Manager after gaining a 2:1 in Business Management. She studied for her degree part time whilst previously working full time as the Office Manager for a Lancashire based youth charity.
Lauren has experience working with horses as well as office based work, therefore enjoys the challenge of working at TRC and the large variety of tasks her job covers. Lauren has been involved with horses all her life, riding competitively in British Showjumping throughout her junior years and now focusing on eventing with her own horse, Mr Ed.
Ines Rathke – Head of Retraining and Rehoming
Ines oversees the progress of all horses going through the different stages of their retraining until they are ready to be rehomed as equestrian horses. Growing up around horses, she competed in dressage and show jumping throughout her junior years before graduating with a M.Sc. in Agriculture.
Ines holds the German Trainer C “Leistungssport Reiten” and worked as the Head of Retraining for the Hong Kong Jockey Club focusing on the training and leading the daily operation. After returning to Germany Ines worked for the family-owned stud.
Lucy Howson – Rider Groom
Lucy first got involved with TRC when she attended the Centre on work experience for a 3 month placement from Nottingham Trent University whilst studying Equestrian Psychology and Sports Science. She then went on to complete her degree where she gained First Class Honours before returning to the TRC to undertake the role of Rider Groom.
Lucy enjoys seeing each horses progression throughout the retraining process and especially enjoys seeing horses go on to their loan homes.
Stephanie O’Connor – Assistant Trainer
Having previously worked at TRC, Steph returned in Autumn 2016 after spending a season with event rider Izzy Taylor. Steph holds her BHS Stage 1 and is hoping to gain her stage 2 and 3 in the near future.
Not only a valuable member of the team, Steph is also a dedicated loaner of a TRC horse, Finn Mac. She took him home after falling in love with him during her previous employment here and hopes to event him next season.
Lucy Pickford – Rider Groom
Lucy learnt to ride at a very young age on Shetlands ponies after inheriting the hobby from her Mum. She has since worked as a riding school instructor in Cyprus and has more recently worked for an international eventer in Germany. She currently holds her BHS stage 2 and is working her way towards becoming a BHS AI.
She has previously owned two ex-racers of her own and enjoys getting to know all the horses’ characters at TRC.
Holly Hunter – Stable Staff
Holly joined TRC in June 2015, after previously working at a number of showing yards in Lancashire. She has completed her BHS Stage 1 and NVQ Level 3 in Horse Care and Management.
Holly enjoys helping the horses through their retraining and likes to see them happy and settled in their new homes.
Hayley Wilding- Stable Staff
Hayley has been around horses from a young age taking part in PC, XC, farm rides and jumping clinics with her own horse. She enjoys working at the TRC and seeing each horse progress during its retraining and going on to find a new home.
She is a valuable part of team TRC working closely with the horses on a daily basis whilst conducting many yard duties.
Abbie Shelton – Apprentice Stable Staff
Abbie is currently working with the TRC as a full time apprentice through Myerscough College where she is studying Level 2 Horse Care and Riding.
Abbie has ridden horses from a young age but has never been involved in the care of horses, therefore her time spent at TRC when she is not at college is widely improving her knowledge and skills needed for her course. She hopes to work towards gaining her BHS stages 1 & 2 over the next year whilst at TRC.