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). In 2016 Gillian was awarded a full scholarship by the Racing Foundation to represent the horse welfare sector on the British Horseracing Authority’s supported Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries Master in Business Administration at the University of Liverpool. Gillian’s thesis was completed on behalf of the British Horseracing Authority and consisted of researching the welfare challenges facing retired and unwanted racehorses in racing jurisdictions throughout the world. This enabled Gillian to provide an international perspective on retirement and retraining of Thoroughbreds.
Lauren Lindsay – Office Manager
Lauren joined the BTRC in March 2015 as the Office Manager after gaining a 2:1 in Business Management at the University of Central Lancashire. 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.
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.
Rachel Dearnley – Stable Supervisor
Rachel joined the BTRC in January 2018, after working at another horse yard in Lancaster. She owns her own horse Merlin and enjoys showjumping and hunting. Rachel has always had an interest in the racing industry and loves being part of the BTRC team, watching the horses progress through their retraining program and on to their new homes.
In the future Rachel hopes to be able to retrain her own retired racehorse.
Caitlin Byrne – Stable Staff
Caitlin started at the BTRC in February 2018 after previously attending the Northern Racing College in Doncaster. Caitlin is a big animal lover and has worked with horses since the age of 7 and owned her own Sec C called Sunny.
As an apprentice, Caitlin is undertaking a Level 2 course in Horse Care – learning as she works at the Centre. Caitlin enjoys the monthly Vet Clinics and working with the team to help the horses through their retraining programs.
Holly Hunter – Equine Coordinator
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 worked as a Stable Staff member for 3 years and after recently returning from maternity leave, became our Equine Coordinator, responsible for finding the horses their new forever homes and looking after all horses out on loan.
Toni Price – Work Rider
Toni joined BTRC in May 2018 and brings a wealth of equine knowledge and experience. Toni holds her BHS Stage 3 and has competed in showing and British Showjumping at County Level for a number of years.
Her love for horses is lifelong… she still owns her first pony who was 5 when he arrived and is now the ripe old age of 35! Toni enjoys working all the different horses at BTRC and seeing them progress from start to finish when they are ready for their loan homes.
Charlotte Bewley – Rehabilitation Supervisor
Charlotte joined BTRC in September 2016 and soon fell in love with every horse at BTRC! Her passion, knowledge and experience is admirable. Charlotte holds a BHS Stage 2 and the Ride & Road Safety certificate along with a National Certificate in the Management of Horses.
Charlotte enjoys welcoming and settling in the new horses, as well as working with those horses in our rehab barn to ensure they are ready for retraining. She works closely with our Consultant Vet to ensure all horses are receiving the correct care/support they require. With 6 horses of her own and a BTRC horse on loan, Charlotte really does live, sleep and breathe horses!!
Angus Stewart – Work Rider
Angus has ridden from a young age, with horses running in his family. He has been taught by his grandmother throughout his riding career. Whilst at college studying Sports Massage, Angus worked part time at BTRC in 2018 before moving down to Dorset to work for event rider William Fox-Pitt.
After a year at Fox-Pitt’s, Angus returned to the North and his job as Work Rider at BTRC. He enjoys the challenge of retraining and the variety his jobs brings.
Amy Ward – Stable Staff
Amy joined team BTRC in November 2018 after previously working at a local riding school and also a Stud Farm. Amy studied Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management.
Amy recently gained her BHS Stage 1 and is hoping to continue her education to gain further BHS exams in the future. Amy is a big animal lover and enjoys getting to know all of the horses at the Centre.
Leah Boyle – Apprentice Stable Staff
Leah joined the BTRC team in July 2019 as Apprentice Stable Staff. Leah had previously worked at Pets at Home and had been having riding lessons since a young age. She took the opportunity to undertake and apprenticeship at BTRC to help her access a career with horses.
Leah has learnt so much during her time at BTRC and has progressed to assisting Charlotte in the Rehab Unit. Leah enjoys watching the horses start out their retraining journey in the Rehab Unit and seeing them develop as they move through the program.