Meet The Team

An opportunity to meet some of the team that help make Michael Dods Racing such a successful racehorse training operation.

All of the staff at yard are valued members of the team who work hard to maintain the high standards Denton Hall requires as a first class horse racing yard.

Steve Alderson : Yard Manager

Steve Alderson - Yard ManagerSteve first worked at Denton Hall some 28 years ago; he then left the yard to pursue other career interests. However the pull of horse racing and Denton Hall brought Steve back to Michael Dods Racing in 2007 as Yard Manager. Steve is a real asset to the yard and nothing is too much trouble to him as he ensures the smooth operation of the yard.

David Dickenson : Head Lad

David Dickenson - Head LadJoined the yard in January 2018 as Head Lad. David has a wealth of experience in the racing industry and will work alongside Steve and Carole to make sure the yard runs smoothly.

Kenny Williams : Travelling Head Lad

Kenny Williams : Travelling Head LadKenny Williams joined us in January 2013 as Travelling Head Person. He has worked in racing all his life with Bill Watts, Lynda Ramsden and Alan Swinbank and knows everything there is to know about travelling horses.  Kenny is a real asset to the yard.

Tony Nixon : 2nd Travelling Lad

Photo - Tony Nixon 2nd Travelling Head Lad : Michael Dods RacingTony is one of the longest serving members of the team having joined the yard in 1995. He is now our 2nd Travelling Head Person and also works in the yard with the horses. Tony takes great pride in his appearance and is always one of the smartest people on the racecourse.

Carim : Work Rider / Groom

Photo : Carim Work Rider / Groom : Michael Dods RacingCarim joined the Denton Hall team in 2009.  He is a pleasure to have around yard, rides out daily and is better known by his nickname of Frankie (yes, after the great Mr Dettori!)

Liz Maude : Work Rider / Groom

Photo : Liz Maude Work Rider / Groom - Michael Dods RacingLiz has been connected with Denton Hall since 1994, mixing periods of working at the yard with other her commitments.  Liz rejoined Michael Dods Racing on a full-time basis in 2009 and rides out daily.

Connor Beasley : Jockey

Connor Nichol - Michael Dods RacingConnor rides out for the yard twice a week.  A very good Jockey and an asset to the yard.

Harry-Lee Fletcher : Yard Person

Harry-Lee Fletcher - Michael Dods RacingHarry-Lee joined us in September 2014 as a Yard Person. A good horseman, works hard, a valuable member of our team.

Christine Morgan : Work rider / Groom

Christine re-joined the yard in May 2016.  Christine is a good rider and also helps with the travelling.  She takes pride in turning the horses out well at the races.  An asset to  our team.

Holly Patton : Work Rider / Groom

Holly joined the yard in June 2016.  Holly is a good rider with plenty of experience, hard working, always turns the horses out well.  A valuable member of our team.


John ODonovan : Work Rider / Groom

John joined the yard in August 2016.  He is a good rider and worker. A valuable member of our team.

Willie Blackett : Yard Man

Willie joined the yard in August 2016.  Willie has plenty of experience handling race horses.  A valuable member of our team.


Rachel Taylor : Work Rider / Groom

Rachel joined the yard in November 2015.  She is a good rider with plenty of experience.  A valuable member of our team.

Callum Rodriguez : Apprentice Jockey

Callum joined the yard at the end of February, he rides very well and will be very valuable taking on weight allowance of some of the horses.  He started his career with Richard Ford who has taught him well riding 15 winners whilst there.

Emma Heywood : Yard Person

Emma has re-joined the yard as a yard person, she also looks after the equine spa treatment. A valuable member of our team.

Paige Hopper : Work Rider / Groom

Paige Hopper Paige joined the yard in 2016 following a spell at the Racing School.  She is a good worker and rides well. An asset to the yard.

Andrew Miller : Work Rider / Groom

Andrew Miller Andrew Miller rejoined the yard following a few years working with NH horses for S Coltherd in Scotland. Andrew is a hard worker, loves his horses and is a pleasure to have in the yard. A real asset to the team.

Lauren Mulholland : Work Rider / Groom

Lauren Mulholland Lauren Mulholland joined the yard in January 2018. Very experienced around young horses. Rides out daily – A valuable member of the team

Paula Muir : Apprentice Jockey

Paula has joined us as a 7lbs apprentice following in the footsteps of Conner Beasley and Callum Rodriguez who are still attached to the yard. Paula is light which is an asset and rides very well. I am sure she will do well for us, already has had 12 winners from over 200 rides.

Claire Lindley : Yard Person

Claire has rejoined the yard following a few years away. She is very experienced working around horses and joins the current team of yard staff. Her experience will be a great asset.