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Our Team
Joe O’Neill

Joe O’Neill

A nephew of Jonjo, Joe joined the team at Jackdaws Castle in October 2010.

Joe, whose father Tom is a greyhound trainer in Castletownroche, is in charge of finances at the stable.

His hobbies include playing football for Winchcombe Town and supporting Newcastle United, who he has followed since being taken to a match against Liverpool by former England footballer Terry McDermott, co-owner of one of Jonjo’s best-ever horses Intersky Falcon.

Joe’s best moment at Jackdaws Castle to date is Synchronised’s success in the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup, which he says was testament to the hard work of all the staff in the yard. Funnily enough, Joe’s favourite horse in our yard is called The Nephew!

Guy Upton

Guy Upton

Now Jonjo’s Assistant, Guy rode more than 200 winners during a 16-year career as a jump jockey before retiring in April 1999, his biggest win coming aboard Memberson in the 1989 Warwick National.

Guy is a grandson of former trainer Bob Turnell, who trained household names such as Bird’s Nest, a great rival of one of the best horses Jonjo rode, Sea Pigeon.

He was a successful racing manager to owner-breeder John Deer and ran a livery yard with his wife Sophie just outside Lambourn before becoming part of Jonjo’s team in February 2005.

As Jonjo’s assistant he is fully involved in all aspects of the stable, including helping Jonjo map out training and running plans for the horses.

Johnny Kavanagh

Johnny Kavanagh

Johnny started working at Jackdaws Castle in the summer of 2008 after riding more than 300 winners during a 13-year career as a jump jockey.

As Jonjo’s senior Head Lad, his important and varied role includes ensuring the horses in the stable are as healthy as possible, feeding them and checking for illnesses and injuries. He also assists Jonjo in managing a large team of staff.

His achievements as a jockey include riding the Queen Mother’s 400th winner, Nearco Bay at Uttoxeter in 1994.

When he finds the time, Johnny enjoys playing golf.

Adelle O’Brien

Adelle O’Brien

Adelle joined the team at Jackdaws Castle in August 2011 having previously worked for a veterinary clinic at The Curragh and for trainers in Ireland.

In her role as Head Girl she works closely with Senior Head Lad Johnny Kavanagh in looking after horses in the stable, riding out and overseeing our staff.

Her favourite horses at Jackdaws Castle are Festival winner Alfie Sherrin and Merry King, both of whom she rides out.

Catherine Powell

Catherine Powell

Catherine is Jonjo’s Racing Secretary, assisting with entries, declarations, logistics and the daily management of the racing office here at Jackdaws Castle. Catherine liaises with all our owners ensuring everyone is kept fully up to date with running plans and ensuring that race horse ownership is a seamless process.

Catherine previously worked as Office Manager for a local bloodstock agent and stud farm. She has a large knowledge of the racing industry and has previously worked at Weatherbys and has also worked in the States and Europe as a work rider.

Deborah Duncan

Deborah Duncan

Deborah has been with the team here since August 2010 and is an integral part of the office team, ensuring that everyone is fully up to speed with the latest technology. She is responsible for managing all our data and our Human Resources.

Reg Lomas MBE

Reg Lomas MBE

Reg Lomas brings a lifetime of experience to the team at Jackdaws following a massively successful career as Head Groundsman at Stratford Racecourse and then at Cheltenham.

Attention to detail is Reg's style. Here he is, trimming the schooling fences ensuring they present precisely the right challenge to horses as they prepare for the races. In a sport where the difference between winning and losing is often a tiny margins, Reg's involvement speaks volumes for Jonjo's determination to get everything just right.

When there are celebrations after a big win or words of consolation needed after a narrow defeat, Reg has a knack of turning up and being part of the extended family.

Hughie

Hughie

Hughie is the Jackdaws Castle Jack Russell and is a very enthusiastic member of our team. He is head of security and keeps everyone in check!

The Boys

The Boys

Jonjo Jr and AJ O’Neill are both very much part of the team at Jackdaws, helping their mother and father in many aspects of the business from welcoming guests to riding out at the weekend. They are gaining race-riding experience through pony racing, which brings them into contact with other aspiring jockeys and teaches them how to conduct themselves on and around the circuit. They both qualified for the Charles Owen Series Finals at York and were on the British Team that visited Ireland.

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