Meet our team

Gillian Carlisle – Chief Executive

Gillian joined the BTRC 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 BTRC 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 BTRC 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 BTRC 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 – Consultant Head of Retraining and Rehoming

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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.

Stephanie O’Connor – Assistant Trainer

Having previously worked at BTRC, Steph returned in Autumn 2016 after spending a season with event rider Izzy Taylor. Steph holds her BHS Stage 3 and is currently working towards her PTT.

Not only a valuable member of the team, Steph is also a dedicated loaner of a BTRC 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 – Assistant Trainer

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 PTT 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 – Rider Groom

Holly joined BTRC 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.


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Gillian Carlisle

Chief Executive

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Lauren Lindsay

Office Manager

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Stephanie O'Connor

Assistant Trainer

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Lucy Pickford

Assistant Trainer

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Charlotte Bewley

Stable Supervisor

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Holly Hunter

Rider Groom

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Alexandra Hillier

Stable Staff

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Abbie Shelton

Stable Staff

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Ines Rathke

Consultant Head of Retraining and Rehoming