Ex-jockey returns home for race training business

Oliver Williams in his racing era
Oliver Williams in his racing era

A childhood dream looks set to come to fruition for Oliver Williams.

The Nettleton Top-born ex-jockey has gained planning permission for a dozen stables to launch a horse race training business.

West Lindsey District Council backed the plan, agreeing it was suited to the Nettleton Top countryside and would create several jobs.

Oliver Williams said running such a business was something he has wanted to do since watching Market Rasen races while at school.

His jockeying career took him around the world, including to Japan where he met his jockey wife Lynsey, who will help run the business.

Oliver retired as a jockey two years ago, since becoming a trainer, hoping to become fully qualified in a few weeks.

He plans to start work on building an American barn, which will feature 12 stables, in the Spring. The barn with related tack room and office will cover 347 square metres and is screened by neighbouring trees.

“The proposed building is sited upon the applicant’s parent’s farm land served by an existing farm access road. The building is conveniently located to the family’s dwelling, Stone Cottage, from where supervision of the enterprise will be provided. The adjacent fields, which are within family ownership, will be used for grazing and exercising the horses,” said the application.

The business will be registered with the British Horse Racing Association. Oliver believes he will be the only horse trainer in the Wolds, though others exist in the district.

“We will not be breeding horses, just training them, both for the flat and the jumps. We are dedicated. We have good experience of the industry. Hopefully we will get a good set of owners behind us,” he said.