About Ollie

Starting his fifth year as a trainer, 37 year old Ollie has experienced all sides of the racing industry. A former jockey with 168 winners, both flat and National Hunt, he set up a pre-training yard at the family farm, breaking and teaching basics to an average of 70 horses a year for some of the country’s leading trainers.

He spent eighteen months with Howard Johnson, looking after the two-year olds with considerable success, followed by periods with Dandy Nicholls, Jim Boyle in Epsom, and Michael Dickinson in Maryland, USA.

Ollie started Ollie Pears Racing from a mobile home on the site of a handful of rented stables, with a number of fairly moderate horses, which he placed with considerable skill to win a total of 33 races in 2008 and 2009, his first two seasons. In 2010, he was given the opportunity to buy The Old Farmhouse and consequently expand the business to cope with demand, and to improve the quality of horses in training.   In 2010 and 2011 the tally was 46 winners.

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2011 was also a year of substantial expansion at The Old Farmhouse, based in the northern headquarters of racing at Malton in North Yorkshire.   The capacity of the stables has virtually doubled, and Ollie now has 35 boxes at his disposal.

In spite of all the yard activity, Ollie found time to get married in 2011, to assistant trainer Vicky.

Ollie has a profound understanding of the racehorse and an encyclopedic knowledge of racing and of the racing calendar, applied in specific detail to each individual in the yard.

Ollie offers a smaller but very progressive and increasingly successful yard, where owners can expect personal attention and integrity at all times, with a direct and professional assessment of their horses and their prospects, and honest, hard-nosed advice for those new to the industry who want to participate in racehorse ownership.

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Facilities

  • Our Stables
  • Racing ahead on the gallops
  • The horses on the gallops
  • Returning from the gallops
  • Two of the horses meeting
  • Two horses standing in the sun
  • A horse on a lead
  • Horsewalker
  • One of the 2-stall horseboxes
  • At the end of a day's training...
  • Gallops - the easily accessible and modern gallops at Highfield and Langton make training in Malton one of the most popular areas for training horses in the North
  • Gallops - access to Highfield gallops, with a mile woodchip, 7-furlong sand and rubber gallop, a 10 furlong grass gallop, 4 furlong 2 yard old grass gallop, starting gates and schooling fences
  • Gallops - access to Langton gallops, with 4 and 6 furlong Polytracks, numerous grass gallops and schooling fences
  • Paddocks - the horses get turned out in the paddocks every day. With four separate but sizeable paddocks, the horses love to go out for a pick of grass, a buck and a squeal!
  • Horsewalker
  • Two 2-stall horseboxes  - our own transport to races.

He has developed a canny reputation for being able to mould a horse to get a win, to find the right race, against the right opposition and raid the prize money
Steve Carroll
York Gazette & Herald

Why have a horse with Ollie Pears?

Join us if you want:

  • A young, hands-on, professional group with experience in every phase of the racing industry.
  • An encyclopaedic knowledge of the racing calendar combined with shrewd placement to maximise winning opportunities.
  • Dedication, enthusiasm and ability.
  • Commitment to work provides excellent value for money.

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Tel 01653 690746