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Simon Sweeting Manager

Simon was brought up at Conduit Stud where his parents stood firstly HIS and then National Hunt stallions including Sunyboy, Kinglet, Relkino and Petoski.

After school he began his equine education at Colin Hayes’s Lindsay Park Stud, followed by a yearling season at Timmy Hyde’s Camas Park Stud and a breeding season at Coolmore. This was followed by three years at Cirencester where he gained a degree (BSc Hons.) in Rural Estate Management.

In the early 1990s he spent four seasons at Warren Place as Assistant to Henry Cecil – years that ran from Commander In Chief’s Derby victory up to Bosra Sham’s 1,000 Guineas win. This was followed by a year in New York overseeing Bobby Frankel’s string whilst Bobby remained in California, and a further three years with Luca Cumani which included High Rise’s Derby victory.

In 2000, he took up the lease on Overbury Stud which coincided with the opportunity to stand Kayf Tara and the launch of Overbury Stallions Ltd.

Mobile: 07796 174926

simon@ovstud.co.uk


Jo Brown Assistant Manager and Nominations

Jo gained a diploma in the Management of Thoroughbred Horses at Witney College, and then, having completed the National Stud course, won the National Stud Scholarship which paid for her to work a season in Australia. She worked at Cheveley Park Stud and in the Darley Racing Office before joining Overbury in 2001.

Office: (01386) 725552

jo@ovstud.co.uk


Catherine Morse Stud Secretary

Catherine has a degree (BSc Hons) in Equine Science from Hartpury College and was one of the three finalists in the High Achiever category of the 2010 Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards. She has subsequently worked at Usk Valley Stud and New Mill Stud before coming to Overbury. Catherine was Stud Groom from 2008 until 2016 and then following her maternity leave has returned to work in the office as Stud Secretary.

catherine@ovstud.co.uk


Christian Williams Stud Groom

Christian joined in 2014 as Assistant Stud Groom. He has a BSc (Hons) in Equine Breeding & Stud Management from Essex University and is also a committee member of the TBA Thoroughbred Club. He previously worked for three years at Biddestone Stud, which is managed by former Overbury Stud Groom, Ian Bradbury. Christian took over from Catherine as Stud Groom in 2016.

Mobile: 07468 495806

christian@ovstud.co.uk


Megan Bates Assistant Stud Groom

Joined us straight from school in 2014. Megan is highly experienced with horses, sales and foaling as her parents run a very busy nearby stud. She has always shown a very keen interest and is breeder in her own right who has been using Overbury stallions since she was 15. Megan was promoted to the position of Assistant Stud Groom in 2016.


Dan Matty Stallion Man

Dan has lived at Overbury all his life and his family has strong connections with the Estate. He started work on the stud in 2001, his first job with horses, and has been responsible for the stallions for ten seasons. He was a county standard rugby player before injury forced his early retirement.


Lukasz Jaworski

Lukasz first worked at Overbury Stud as a seasonal stud hand in 2007 and joined us as a permanent member of staff in 2010. He has previously driven tanks in the Polish army and worked in the building industry. Lukasz assists Dan with looking after the stallions.


Leanne Steptoe

Joined as a full-time member of staff in 2013 having worked five stud seasons at Overbury. Leanne takes responsibility for the barren and maiden mares during the breeding season.


Colin Colebourne

Colin was born and bred in Overbury and has spent most of his working life at Overbury Stud. He is responsible for the majority of the tractor work, the machinery maintenance and operation and is a mainstay in the covering shed. He has a tremendous knowledge of yearlings, having been around when Overbury was one of the foremost yearling-prepping studs and he knows the stud better than anyone else.


Emily Dinsdale

Having completed a Diploma in Animal Management at Hartpury College, Emily undertook the National Stud Pre-Apprenticeship Scheme at The National Stud and at Cheveley Park Stud before coming to work as a stud hand at Overbury Stud in December 2016.


Suzie Matty

Suzie grew up in Dorset and, after completing her degree in London, moved to Overbury to work in the Estate Office. She came to work in the office at Overbury Stud in 2014 and deals mainly with the accounts, as well as assisting Jo with the nomination paperwork.


Charlie McCartan Veterinary Consultant

Charlie joined the Bourton Vale Equine Clinic as his first job after qualifying, when the senior partner was Geoffrey Brain, the renowned surgeon. He is now the senior partner and has been in charge of the veterinary work at Overbury Stud for over 20 years, and is at the stud four mornings a week during the season. He lives next door to our foaling unit at Conduit Farm and is therefore the unfortunate person who is called on the rare occasions that there is a problem foaling. He also sits on the Thoroughbred Breeders Association Veterinary Panel.

www.bvec.co.uk