Jamie Snowden, Folly House, Lambourn
Having initially started his training career in Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire, Jamie is now well established in his own yard, Folly House in Lambourn, which he bought in 2011. Noel Chance trained Looks Like Trouble to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup from here, and that certainly set the aspiration, since Jamie is totally focused on National Hunt horses and building a high-class operation. Has already been rewarded with his first Cheltenham Festival winner.
Four reasons why he is one of our NH trainer team:
- Momentum building: Jamie’s intention is to build up a top-quality National Hunt team of 65-70 horses: properly bred, strong-boned, excellent conformation and with the zest to win. He has already trained flagship chasers such as Knighton Combe, Marodima and Present View, while others to follow over the next few seasons include Denboy, Detroit Blues, our own Future Gilded, Monbeg Theatre and Rhythm Star. He and main bloodstock agent Tom Malone are always on the search for future talent and this is shown in recent results, with the yard having achieved its best-ever season.
- A chasing focus: Jamie himself rode 100 PTP and NH winners, including First Love for the Queen, and was the “go to” rider at the Military Meeting at Sandown, while assistant trainer to Nicky Henderson. Without doubt he was one of the best amateur riders of his generation, which is reflected in his use of jockeys such as Tom O’Brien, Sam Twiston-Davies and Brendan Powell – all excellent horsemen with strong but sympathetic riding styles. This yard is rapidly acquiring a reputation for carefully nurturing future chasing stars, as exemplified by the handling of Festival winner Present View.
- Lambourn’s facilities: Folly House has easy access to the superb Lambourn gallops and schooling facilities. The multi-million pound investment by the Jockey Club is really paying off, and there isn’t a trainer in Lambourn who makes better use of the schooling fences. Jamie has also invested in the yard to upgrade Folly House and build additional stables.
- Personal style: as a young, modern trainer, Jamie is an excellent communicator. All our owners appreciate this, and the comments below from Tim Dykes are typical. With an affable, engaging personal style, he keeps owners fully in the picture by sending out weekly updates and is always available to discuss a horse’s prospects and race programme. This is a very welcoming yard to visit, and guarantees that owners feel part of its success story.
Present View winning at the Cheltenham Festival
An Owner’s View – Tim Dykes, Co-Owner of Houndscourt
Having been involved in several partnerships in jumps horses in recent years, I have to say that my involvement in the Owners for Owners partnership in Houndscourt, trained by Jamie Snowden, has been by far the most enjoyable. While he hasn’t managed to get his head in front yet, he has run very well to be second in increasingly good company in three novice hurdles. He rates as an exciting novice chaser for the coming season. The experience of owning a horse with Jamie has been second to none. He combines a great level of knowledge and professionalism with a wonderfully personable manner, and always makes you feel welcome, whether at the races or on stable visits. There is a regular flow of information from Jamie and he is always available to answer any questions. When visiting Jamie, it is immediately apparent that this is a happy, well-run yard, always a good sign in any venture. I will be getting involved in more horses with Jamie in the near future, and would thoroughly recommend him to anyone looking for an up-and-coming young trainer.