I’m Jo, often known as JoJo and I have spent the last few years working as a groom in horseracing. I work full time for Jonjo O’Neill in the Cotswolds, and previously spent time at Robin Dickin’s and Nigel Twiston-Davies’, amongst some other smaller trainers.
I love the racehorses, the sport and the people. Through this website, I aim to interview and highlight as many of these aspects as possible.
I looked after 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander, and still own my long-time favourite Patman Du Charmil after taking him on after his retirement from racing in 2011. I have also been a riding counsellor in a West Virginian summer camp, a clumsy waitress, passed my HGV and once graduated from university with an English degree. I love country music, reading and writing, G&Ts and trying to cook.
In 2012, coinciding with starting at Jonjo’s, I wrote a monthly column entitled A Groom’s Life for the now-defunct Gloucestershire Echo. This led onto a regular column for the Cheltenham and Three Counties Racing Club’s newsletter – the same type of diary involving the escapades of my colleagues, race days and horses. In the past couple of years, I branched out into writing articles and interviews. I plan to continue my diary through this website, as well as the articles and interviews too.
I love the country lifestyle and live a mile away from work in a tiny cottage with my husband Joe and Jack Russell terrier Daisy.
Daisy was born in March 2017 and I was gifted her the following July. She’s tiny, fierce, greedy, a lover of sunbathing and loathes the rain.
Thank you for reading,