|Samuel Drinkwater has been working with horses for as long as he can remember. As an amateur jockey, he rode over 100 winners, including 3 Cheltenham winners for Fergal O’Brien.
Regrettably, a serious accident nearly severed his foot and prevented him from riding at length without significant discomfort. Although this ended his career in the saddle, it did not prevent him from pursuing his love for the sport. He soon shifted his focus to training and secured his licence in November 2016.
Not long after, one of his first runners, Working Title, won at Sedgefield on Boxing Day. On New Year’s Day, 2017, his runner Tour Des Champs, achieved first place at National Hunt racing's biggest stage, Cheltenham. He also took 100/1 shot, General Consensus, to the Punchestown Festival, where he was placed 3rd out of 18 horses trained by some of the most reputed trainers around in a furiously competitive National Hunt flat race.
Samuel has taken the best aspects of techniques observed while working under the likes of world-class trainers like Nigel Twiston Davies, Fergal O'Brien, Tom Lacey and Hilary Parrott, combining them to create his own results-driven training methodology. He rides out each day with any horse currently in training to test their strength, observe their progress and see for himself if they are race-ready.
He is licensed through the BHA, British Horseracing Authority, and is a member of the NTF, National Trainers Federation.