Meet The Team
Tom Wainwright- Manager
Tom was introduced to the breeding industry through his father's passion and development at Highbank Stud. After completing his degree in Business Management at the University of Northumbria, Tom moved into the Bloodstock industry full time and now helps with the day-to-day running of the stud and manages the administrative side of the business focussing on registrations, accounts, planning and finances. After completing the Irish National Stud's Thoroughbred breeding course, Tom has moved into a full time roll splitting his time between the practical side of the stud and managing the bloodstock and accounts from the office.
Siraj Bahadar- Manager
Siraj joined us in early 2016 after spending time with NEH and the National Stud amongst others. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team and is fully versed in the roles and responsibilities associated with foalings, pre and post natal care, sales preparation, medical supervision, and over seeing the physical side of the stud. After excelling in his role throughout the early part of his time at Highbank, Siraj was promoted to the role of Stud Manager and is now responsible for the day to day running of the stud. His hobbies include racing and poker, as well as being a massive supporter of Manchester City.
Josh Hebden- Stud Hand/Maintainance Manager
Josh has been with us for the past 5 years, steadily progressing through the ranks from chief poo-picker to a fully capable and understanding horseman. He is now fully involved in Sales Preparation, leading yearlings, undertaking medical treatments, and paddock maintenance. He has earned the nickname "the warrior" for his aggressive and flawless poo-picking techniques. Much to the bosses delight, Josh has recently become an ardent Leeds United fan and is currently in the transitional period between enjoying the football and slowly realising he has a life sentence of misery and disappointment.
Bobby Kehoe- Second Man
Bobby joined Highbank in late 2017 after spending time with Nicky Henderson as pupil assistant through the Jon Durkan scholarship award. He met Tom while they both attended the Irish National Stud's 2017 Thoroughbred Breeding Course and has now made the permanent move to Yorkshire. Born and bred in Wexford Ireland, Bobby has spent a season in Kentucky preparing yearlings and joins the stud with a wealth of practical and handling experience from Ireland, the USA, and England. He currently assists with the day to day running of the stud and also contributes with pedigree analysis and foaling duties. Bobby did however fail to mention his allegiance to Manchester United when applying for the position which has caused significant outrage from the rest of the staff, with certain individulas calling for disciplinary action.
Martin Wainwright- Owner
Martin was born and raised in Leeds and created a construction company specialising in interior fit-out and later a property development company. He is an ardent and unwavering supporter of Leeds United, although stable staff have been known to cower in the shadows on a monday morning should Leeds have taken a particularly bad beating the weekend before. His hobbies include football, poker, golf, and riding his tractor despite his regular "accidents" and frequently damaged gateposts/fences.
Iris Wainwright- Owner
Iris has been involved from day one when Highbank purchased their first horse Koodoo at Doncaster in 2003. She is heavily involved in the financials and accounting side of Highbank, and is fundamental in the success of the stud.
Charles Cooke- Vet
Charlie has been working with Highbank on a weekly basis for the past three years and during that period he has displayed extensive knowledge and exceptionally thorough detail countless times. Formerly of Rossdales in Newmarket before moving to Equine Reproductive Services in Malton (One of the leading equine breeding specialists in the North of England), Charlie has gained extensive and vital experience with some of the worlds leading equine veterinarians. His growing up in the South has lead to a thoroughly posh accent, and seeing the worlds of thick yorkshire dialect and a soft southern accent collide has been, at times, an absolute hilarity.
Sam Beeley- Farrier
Sam has been working with Highbank since the back end of 2016 to present, helping with trimming and corrective foal work. He has extensive experience within the industry working on a range and breed of young and old horses. He has exceptional patience and is also very thorough, with fortnightly visits to maintain and manage the foals and yearlings as well as monthly for the trimming of the mares.