Jay Tabb


Successfully completing 12-week residential Foundation Course and achieving full-time employment as a Racing Groom for successful National Hunt trainer Phillip Hobbs.

NHC Course

12-week residential Foundation Course

About Jay

Jay, 35 (at the time of graduating), had not so much as sat on a horse a year ago but that all changed when he was accepted onto the 12-week, residential Foundation Course. In preparation for the course commencing (on 29 March 2019) forward-thinking Jay booked half a dozen riding lessons at his local riding school so he had the basics in place.

Jay has watched the sport of horseracing as a spectator for many years and had an association as an owner with a racing stable. The future is very much in Jay’s hands but if there is one thing he knows and that is how to carve out a successful sporting career for he started his working life in 1999 playing, primarily as a central midfielder, for Crystal Palace before joining Brentford (2000 - 2006), then later Coventry City (2006 - 2009) followed by Reading (2009 - 2013) and lastly Ipswich Town (2013 - 2016).

The learning curve was steep as Jay not only had to learn to ride racehorses but also to care for them but Jay was focused and determined and now he is reaping the rewards with a flourishing career with leading National Hunt trainer, Philip Hobbs at his stables in Somerset.