Jo’s involvement in the racing industry spans 20 years, starting when she began riding out for Alan Blackmore- a permit trainer in Hertfordshire – at the age of 14.
Her interest and love of horses started at an early age (it is said that she could ride before she could walk!) and while still at school she successfully competing at show jumping and eventing. Given this background it was no surprise that she determined to follow a career involving horses, and on leaving school she was accepted at West Oxfordshire College in Witney to study Equine Business and Finance, Racehorse Training and Breeding.
After graduating from Witney, Jo’s first job was for for Patrick Chammings as Head Girl on his dual purpose yard, and from there she progressed to a position with Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber running their pre-training and breaking yard.
Moving on again, Jo went to work for Andrew Reid in North London as assistant trainer and then went to America to learn to ride to the clock on a variety of flat horses, to broaden her experience further. After this apprenticeship, Jo achieved her ambition and started to train horses in her own right based at a farm near Bristol where she rented a few stables.
From here she began training point to pointers and then progressing to flat and jump racing. Her first winner came with “Lowe Go” at Huntingdon in June 2004; this enabled her to take a full license and to start training in earnest at the end of 2004.
Since then she has quickly established herself as an up and coming trainer and has gathered a following of owners who were quick to recognize her abilities. In the relatively short time since gaining her full licence Jo has successfully trained a number of national hunt and flat winners, as well as having numerous other places.