12 photos of top riders’ budding stable hands

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  • Running a top yard and juggling small children sounds like a logistical nightmare — unless you are savvy enough to familarise your brood with a wheelbarrow, broom, paperwork and boot polish.

    The next generation of eventers, jockeys, trainers and showjumpers are hard at work. And at the rate they’re going, we can guess who is going to be picking up the best kept tack, best kept stable and best turned out accolades at the Pony Club camps of the future. Watch this space…

    Sam Watson

    It’s all go at eventer Sam Watson’s base in Ireland, as sons Toby and Archie get to work with making the place look tidy… until something else looks a lot more interesting.

    Nick Gauntlett

    Gloucestershire-based eventer Nick Gauntlett’s son Henry might be able to fit in his dad’s Ariat boots, but he’s doing his best to get them shiny.

    And Henry’s not afraid to get his hands dirty with some poo-picking in the school too.

    Continued below…

    Harry Meade

    Lily Meade knows how to keep out of the way when she’s accompanying her dad Harry to events…

    … and she’s equally happy to lend a hand at home in West Littleton, Wiltshire with fence building too. When she’s dealing with bigger poles, we suggest she ropes in little brother Charlie as her assistant…

    Trevor Breen

    The globetrotting life of a showjumper means that finding time to try out saddles can be tricky. Which is when Trevor Breen’s daughter Mia comes into play.

    Choc Thornton

    Jockey Choc Thornton’s son William is kitted out to deal with the hosepipe.

    Ben Pauling

    National Hunt trainer Ben Pauling’s daughter Tilia doesn’t seem too bothered about where her pram is…

    …even if there is an aroma of manure.

    But asking her to do the paperwork might be one step too far…

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