The Heatherwold Team
Tom started out by completing the National Stud’s Stud Management Diploma Course. From there, Tom worked with yearlings at Haras D’Etreham in France, Sun Stud in Australia and Watership Down Stud, near Newbury. He then worked at Olly and Hetta Stevens, before joining Jean-Claude Rouget in Pau, France as Pupil Assistant.
Tom was Assistant Stud Manager at Yorton Stud and Stallion Manager at Tweenhills Stud, with various stints for Thurloe Thoroughbreds and Alastair Donald before finally joining us here at Heatherwold in December 2019.
Assistant Stud Manager
Jo Muir has had plenty of experience with stud work. Employed at Fawley Stud as a Stud Hand and later at North Farm Stud. Jo latterly worked for the NFU organising general insurance and the office accounts. We managed to lure her back to stud work where she enjoys running the Office.
Jo joined the Heatherwold Team in November 2015 to provide office assistance with a particular focus on Marketing and PR. Jo previously worked as Cabin Crew for a UK airline and is now thoroughly enjoying being part of the Heatherwold Team.
At Heatherwold we are extremely proud of our impressive grounds and we are very fortunate that we have Andrew who has been maintaining them since 2013, prior to which he worked as a Ski Instructor and Barista.
Simon is the longest surviving member of the team having been here since 1991. Having grown up in Burghclere, he spent a few years in the steelwork industry before coming to work at Heatherwold. He has been involved in all aspects of the stud work and more recently has taken on the role of Assistant Grounds Keeper, supporting Andrew in the role of maintaining the beautiful grounds here at Heatherwold.
Nicole started out at a Livery yard and Cob stud in Wales where she would break and train riding ponies. She also used to compete her own horse in dressage where she was chosen to ride for Wales. She then went on to so a summer teaching horse riding camp in America. She has recently come back from Australia where she worked with rehabilitation racehorses at Limitless Lodge and then went on to work for David Hayes at Lindsay Park before joining Heatherwold.
Laura joined Heatherwold in October 2012. She has had a varied career, this being her first role at a Thoroughbred stud. Laura has a degree in Environmental Biology and loves horses and dogs.
Mike Caddy, Owner and Director
Unlike the rest of the team, Mike Caddy did not grow up surrounded by horses. Having worked his way up in International Banking, several years ago he invested a bonus from work in a share in a racehorse and swiftly became hooked in racehorse ownership. Having had several successful horses in training with William Muir, such as the ace sprinter Texas Gold and the Bunbury Cup winner, Material Witness, Mike decided to build up his own stud, starting by retiring some of his fillies.
In 2003, Mike purchased Heatherwold Stud, which then underwent a major revamp. Since then several of his fillies have retired to the paddocks, with several more currently in training, soon to follow in their footsteps. Mike still lives in Hong Kong for parts of the year, where he is a Race Steward of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Mike is very much an active Director of Heatherwold. He is able, via satelite CCTV, to keep an eye on all that goes on at the stud, including watching the foalings. With the assistance of Jeremy Brummitt, Mike selects nominations for the stud.
Martin Dwyer, Heatherwold Ambassador
Martin is a professional Jockey of 20 years. He has ridden major races in the UK and worldwide, including winning The Derby and The Oaks. We are pleased to welcome Martin on-board as an ambassador for Heatherwold Stud and Martin is very excited to be part of the Team and see a different side to racing.