Rick is a horseman, from a family of horsemen. He grew up on horses, surrounded by people who were involved in the equine industry. He has a natural affinity with the animals and he develops bonds with every horse he cares for. This is what separates Rick from many modern trainers.
Rick’s horse history starts out the same as many others’. Growing up in Pony Club, he went onto to Showjumping where he competed and coached at an elite level. He broke in horses for local trainers before the lure of becoming a trainer was too much to resist.
In his quest for knowledge Rick established a relationship with Dermot Weld through friend and early mentor Niall Phillips. Rick was Media Puzzle’s strapper in the iconic Melbourne Cup victory of 2002. Following that, Rick went and spent time with Dermot in Ireland to learn from the man who is widely considered to be one of the best trainers in the world. Rick maintains this relationship to today, and assisted Dermot with his 2012 Cup hopeful Galileo’s Choice.
Without the support of any wealthy owners or backers, Rick started training the hard way, by buying his own horses with his family. Most of the time these were problematic horses that other trainers and owners had given up on. Without the best bloodstock, Rick has developed a patience and eye for detail that ensures he gets the best out of each horse. With more promising horses now coming into the stable, Rick’s thoroughness is resulting in success on the track.