Charlie Longsdon has established himself as one of the most successful and respected race horse trainers in the UK, with winner ‘Paintball’ at Cheltenham and his first runner in the Grand National.
In the last year their stables have produced 44 winners from 233 runners and are going from strength to strength.
This environment is where Barton’s resident, Theo, has earned a job.
Working with the horses in the stables; cleaning, feeding and training them as well as galloping and hurtling across the Oxfordshire countryside!
Theo developed an interest in horses, which he hopes to turn into a career, when he first went on work experience aged 14. Theo has since undertaken equine studies at college, passing level 1, with level 2 to be completed shortly.
There have been opportunities to lead out horses at the Cheltenham festival (Which was recorded on the house and played back many times!) and Uttoxeter, among others. All of which have been excellent experiences for Theo.
Charlie’s team pride themselves on happy, healthy horses. Theo has benefitted from being part of this close knit team, learning many new skills.
Whilst Theo’s main work is at Charlie’s he also regularly volunteers at other yards to gain experience and work with the animals he loves.
Theo also believes that his work with horses has given him inspiration and drive to achieve a career in his chosen vocation.
Alex Dodd, The Bartons
Theo at work