Our Team and Yard...



George began his career on the beach in Cleethorpes working with donkeys.

From there his passion for horses flourished and he was soon in a racing yard learning everything he possibly could, soon progressing to a travelling head lad and eventually gaining the backing John Guest who’s family continue to support George as a trainer to this day.

George is usually found on the heath overseeing everything on his trusty Tote International winning racehorse turned hack Atavus.

George Margarson and Atavus
Gaye Margarson and Excellent Aim with George


Gaye grew up on a farm and horses were in her blood from day one, not long after school was over she left home and set up camp in Newmarket and hasn’t looked back since.

One husband, 2 children, 4 dogs and countless horses later and Gaye still enjoys riding out every day on yard favourite Excellent Aim.

Gaye is usually found making porridge for the team or organising the boss.

Katie has been George’s assistant since she could toddle (profoundly bossy in nature, we can’t think who she gets it from) and hasn’t looked back.

Katie was an amateur up until 2018 when she was forced into retirement by the youngest member of the family and instead is focusing on her running (Katie is currently 800m county champion.

She is also a qualified Personal Trainer and offers great personal training sessions to the yard team.

Katie is usually found running around in circles (aka bit of a box walker).

Katie Margarson
Rosie Margarson

Rosie is the youngest of the Margarson team and currently has 4 jobs including the Injured Jockeys Fund, Tattersalls, Racing TV alongside riding as an amateur. Busy would be the word often used to describe Rosie.

Following a stint for the BHA in London where she just had the one job Rosie came back to Newmarket and picked back up all the jobs where she left off and doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon.

Rosie can usually be found either riding Bean, working or napping.

Jane, not Rosie, not Katie, not a member of the Margarson family but Jane Elliott our brilliant apprentice.

Jane, not Rosie (who of course will always accept a well done on behalf of Jane) joined the team in April 2016 as a 7lb claimer and is now a 3lb claimer having ridden over 60 winners for team Margarson and various other trainers.

Jane is usually found asleep in the car or horsebox travelling between racecourses.

Katie Margarson


Stamford is our current Battersea rescue dog.

Over the years the Margarson family have rehomed and taken care of over 10 dogs both old and young that necessarily wouldn’t have been good candidates for rehoming.

Our yard offers them a safe and stable home to settle into and live the rest of their lives in.

Stamford can usually be found lying in a puddle and is chief gate watcher.


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