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Brian Watson

Welfare Officer

Brian Watson : Welfare Officer

I started working for Scottish trainer Ian Semple back in 1999 and after attending a 9 week course at the BRS I went to have a few rides as an apprentice. I spent 7 years with Mr Semple working my way up to being his assistant trainer. After a few years I moved south to take up a position as Head Lad to Mick Channon. A great job that allowed me to travel the world and saddle many top class winners. I worked for some time at the Northern Racing College in Doncaster and was responsible for delivering the 12 week foundation course. A real highlight was watching students become confident riders and horsemen. It’s great to see many of the kids I taught now riding successfully under rules and holding down fantastic jobs with recognised trainers.

I started at Racing Welfare in 2016 and am based in the Lambourn office. My role takes me all over the South of the country. I enjoy the time I spend with retired racing staff, hearing all the stories of back in the day plus they always make a good brew. My role is very varied and no two days are the same. I can go from helping someone claim benefits one day to measuring for a new carpet the next.

bwatson@racingwelfare.co.uk