His wife Jackie deals with the financial side of the business, speaking to clients and making sure everything runs smoothly. Being married to Martin for 28 years and having three children, Martin would be lost without the love and support of his family.
His daughter Sammy has always had a passion for horses from a young age. Lucky enough to have her talented father to teach her the ropes, she started working for him as soon as she left school at 16 until flying to the other side of the world at 18. She worked for Australia's top thoroughbred stud 'Arrowfield' and 'Windsor Park' in New Zealand also working for consigners at the sales found the love for the breeding side. Coming home, worked for Tweenhills stud and carried on working sales in Ireland, France and the UK. After gaining lots of experience in handling young horses coming home in 2018 has been a plus to work alongside her father full time. Having had the privilege to be offered some lovely retired racehorses, she now owns a few which have all loved their retired life of team chasing, hunting and low key eventing.
His head girl Megan Harper has been with us for 15 years. After having a passion for horses since a young age and having non horsey parents she begged and borrowed ponies until she could afford to buy her first horse at 16. Working for Olympic Gold medalist Leslie Law after finishing A Levels she then continued her education to get a degree at Hartpury College. She joined Martins in her last year as a part time job and is still here!! Meg has her own horses which have all found her through the job, with eventing being her favourite discipline - competing at the lower levels to then aim to progress up takes hard work and dedication but to give the horses a second career and seeing end results is what makes it so special. Meg enjoys helping other riders and owners on how to get the best out of their horse. Having someone that knows the business inside and out is a great help for Martin and other members of the team!
Steph Pollard has been with us for 3 years, after having plenty of experience in the horse world, Steph had horses from a young age and owned her first horse at 16! Having her own horses, Steph loves to do mainly team chasing and eventing. She studied animal management at college to then going on to NVQ 1-3 and teacher training course at Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre for 2 years. Following this she worked for Tweenhills stud for 4 1/2 years getting stuck in with foaling and stud work amongst breaking, yearling prep and sales. Moving on to Hawtins Stud she carried on breaking in for 9 months before venturing on to Adrian Wintles Racing to become his head girl. Leaving there, she came to Martins and has been a massive help to our team, being a natural with young horses - rehab work is what she enjoys the most. Seeing horses change in shape or even just to be sound after an injury seeing them back on the racecourse is always so rewarding which makes the hard work all worth it!
Claire is maninly yard staff but rides one or two out every morning. She learnt to ride at 3 years old and at 7 had her first pony. After finishing school, Claire worked in a small riding school whilst also doing a Horse management course and soon after moved back home to be more local. Carrying on her love for the horses after having her son Cameron, she worked part time which turned into full time in a point to point yard before moving to Gloucestershire and started working for Martin. Claires been a massive help over the past few years and were lucky to have such a keen and reliable person to be apart of the team!
Wayne is our maintenance man who also mucks out on the yard. At 15 years old he worked for Jon O'Shay and one year later moved to Huntley stables and completed his BHS Level 1 & 2. Having a break from horses and a change of career he then met Martin and 5 years on he's still with us! Mainly enjoying fixing things and being challenged, Wayne is always hands on and we could not do without him!