There are a lot of trainers out there, so why have a horse with Mark Usher?
Personal attention: Mark is renowned for his attention to detail in getting to know and understand each and every horse in the yard and treating them all as individuals. This means he gets the best out of all of the horses in his care.
The horse comes first: one of Mark’s favourite expressions is: “Let the horse take you to the races”. This means that the horse is given time to develop and races are chosen carefully to allow the horse to give of its best. And of course this offers the best chance of success for the owner as well!
Always welcome: Owners always receive a warm welcome at the yard from trainer and staff. Enjoy watching your horse on the gallops, get to know the staff and maybe head for lunch in one of the excellent local pubs.
Location, location, location: Lambourn is the Valley of the Racehorse. The uninterrupted open spaces, quiet roads and the range of top-class gallops create an ideal environment to breed and train racehorses. On a sunny day, there is no better place to be.
Excellent communication: Whether it’s an e-mail, phone-call or text, you will always be up to date with your horse’s progress: how it’s been working; race plans; entries and declarations. The website and regular newsletters also mean you can keep up to date with all of the activity at the yard.
Affordability: Mark believes in making racehorse ownership as affordable as possible. Together with high standards of stable management and excellent facilities, he offers reasonable fees and a range of ownership opportunities for sole owners and anyone interested in joining a horse-owning partnership.
Involvement and fun: Like any hobby, owning a racehorse should be fun. As well as the enjoyment of days at the races, Mark holds several Open Days at the yard throughout the year. Throughout the year, owners are invited to come along and meet fellow enthusiasts, see the horses and share in a great social occasion.
Here’s what some of his owners have to say……
“Mark achieves success by careful placing and individual attention to all the horses in the yard, and a great deal of patience.” – Gordon Summers
“My association with Mark now extends over 20 years during which time he has proved his ability, given the horse flesh, to train and compete at the highest level. I hope our association will continue for many years to come.” – Bryan Fry
“I have been continuously involved with Mark over the last decade; honest, open and professional, you could not ask for a more experienced, knowledgeable and competent trainer.” – John Stansfield
“We’ve had a lot of fun, a very open and friendly yard.” – Mick and Jean Johnson
“I’m extremely impressed with Mark and his team. They’re very professional in everything they do but also friendly and approachable. It’s apparent they regard my horses with great affection and the welfare of the horse is always their primary concern. I’m very much enjoying my ownership and I’m always looking for more opportunities with Mark.” - Brian Rogan
Mark in Numbers
Mark does consistently well with getting his horses into the frame.
Year Runners Wins 2nds 3rds 4ths %
2011 278 29 28 30 32 43%
2010 174 8 14 15 22 34%
2009 184 15 6 12 17 36%
2008 275 24 24 29 27 38%