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 works for 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.


Antoine, leading the string, joined the team in October 2020. 

Antoine comes from a showjumping background and is an exceptional rider, before coming to Team Margarson he was with Sir Michael Stoute. 

Antoine can usually be found eating pastries or checking the results of his showjumper back home. 

Colin Huggan
Jimmy Scott


Ash joined the team in September 2020. 

Ash has been in racing a few years, her positive attitude and ability to never tire is an asset to the team, her favourite horse on the yard is a filly nicknamed cake. 

Ash can usually be found singing, dancing or snacking on the various treats our owners bring!  


Jimmy needs no introduction, he has a wealth of knowledge and we consider ourselves very lucky to have him in our team. 

Jimmy has worked with some phenomenal horses throughout his career including Shergar, at team Margarson Jimmy helps keep all of racing kit like new and is an asset to have go racing as his knowledge and calm demeanour helps all of the horses enjoy their racecourse experience.  

Jimmy can usually be found in the tack room or fast asleep in the lorry.

Jimmy Scott


Sophie joined us in 2020. 

Sophie has a background in trap racing and before joining the team has been at a number of yards including Richard Hughes. Sophie’s calm head and great sense of humour make her an asset to the team!  

Sophie can usually be found napping or cleaning her boots. 



Alie is our secretary and is originally from the Netherlands and decided Newmarket was the best place to work in racing.  

Alie joined the team in 2003 and we haven’t let her leave since. Alie has a passion for horses and used to ride out, she is much more sensible these days and sticks in the office. 

Alie is usually found either on the golf course or in the office.


Sally has been with our team for more years than she would care to count. 

Sally rides out one lot a day before heading into her normal job at BBA Shipping. Before joining team Margarson and riding as an amateur Sally worked in eventing and rode horses all over the world.

Sally is usually found cleaning tack or at the office. 



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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