Our Trainers

Graeme McPherson

Having been involved in point-to-pointing and National Hunt racing in various capacities for a number of years, Graeme was keen to establish his own base from which to oversee every aspect of the training and management of the horses in his care.

In November 2009 Graeme took out a full licence. Following a period of substantial investment, the yard can now boast top-quality facilities and a standard of horse care and management that is second to none. Graeme’s philosophy is to provide a bespoke training and management programme for each horse, designed to suit their individual needs.

He is committed to providing a varied fitness and schooling programme that keeps horses fresh, interested and motivated.

This approach has resulted in the yard’s horses putting in consistently strong performances and has seen the yard succeed both with young horses and with older horses that have either failed to achieve their full potential or have gone stale, in larger, more commercial yards.

"It is always a pleasure to train nice horses for well-run syndicates filled with people who love their horses and love their racing. BDR Syndicates and their members fit that description perfectly.”

Graeme's website

Caroline Bailey

Caroline Bailey trains in Holdenby, Northamptonshire. A family steeped in racing her father winning the 1982 Grand National on  Grittar (Dick Saunders) Caroline's mother also rode in point to points.

Caroline herself began in the pony club competing and going on to represent the British junior team at the european  championships, and then pointing. with 18 career wins under National hunt rules and being the first lady jockey to win around Cheltenham on a  horse called Ptarmigan.

After then successfully training many points winners in 2006 Caroline took out a full training license, her husband Gerald then  concentrating on the pointers to leave Caroline to build her team under rules.

As a trainer her strike rates are impressive, particularly at Huntingdon and Southwell and is well represented with some high profile  highly rated chasers in the yard. Some big race wins culminating in CROSSPARK winning the 2019 EIDER CHASE in Newcastle.  Harry Skelton often rides for her; they go back a long way. Harry spoke highly of Caroline in a recent interview after riding a double for the yard.

The yard boasts 10f grass gallops. an all weather strip and grass schooling grounds, Rural quiet location with staff that have worked for them for years. Welcoming, friendly professional BDR are delighted Caroline trains for us.

Fleur Hawes

Fleur is an experienced point to point trainer, held a license under rules and trained many winners from her South Norfolk base. Fleur also rode as a category B jockey and rode to success on numerous occasions.

We are delighted Fleur will look after our horses for convalescing, Summer grass and pre-training. 

An idylic setting in the peaceful countryside, where not only can our horses be refreshed, our owners can come and visit followed by lunch and a glass at the local, all on BDR of course. 

Stuart Edmunds

At the age of 14 Stuart joined the team at Fences Farm gradually working his way up to Assistant Trainer to Miss Renne Robson who raced her own homebred horses. When granted a full license the yard was increasingly successful until Miss Robson's untimely passing in January 2015.

Stuart took over the license and more winners flowed. Given the size of his yard the £1.2m won in prize money since 2015 is an amazing return.  Stuart is a Cheltenham Festival winning trainer (Domesday Book) and also had a double at the 2021 Aintree Grand National Festival with Rowland Ward & Hometown Boy.

As of May 1st 2021 he has saddled 665 runners with 87 winners and 282 placed.  A staggering 55% of his runners have entered the winners enclosure.