Meet The Team
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.
Siraj Bahadar- Stud 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.
Tom Wainwright- Office Manager/Stud Hand
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. Tom is currently on the 2017 Irish National Stud thoroughbred breeding course in which he plans to gain further experience and develop contacts for the future of Highbank.
Josh Hebden- Stud Hand
Josh has been with us for the past 4 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.
Iris Wainwright- Accountant/Administration
Wife of owner Martin, 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 has been known to provide a much needed calming influence on the boss at the sales. She enjoys reading, watching the coronation street omnibus, and spending as much time as possible with her 4 grandchildren.
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 of Malton (One of the leading equine breeding specialists in the North of England), Charlie has gained extensive and vital experience at 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 Beally- Farrier
Sam has been working with Highbank since the back end of 2016 up to now, 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.