Sheena West

  • Sheena has been involved with horses throughout her life and her father, Gerald, was a talented point to point rider and showjumper.
  • She first took out a training licence in 2001 and the size of the string and the number of winners has built up regularly since.
  • Sheena trains on her family farm in extensive rolling downland at Lewes in the middle of West Sussex. 
  • She has access to 1.000 acres of hills and gallops, including two one mile grass gallops, and a location which gives an ideal preparation for jumpers. 
  • The yard also has a treadmill, starting stalls and schooling facilities.  It is a relatively small yard with just 24 boxes but the size and location mean that the horses can receive varied work throughout the week and almost get fit without knowing it, producing a fit and happy horse.
  • Despite not being supported by the high cost, highly rated and well bred horses of some of the big jumping yards, Sheena has developed a reputation for a high strike rate with her small band of horses and in 2 of the last 5 jumps seasons has enjoyed a strike rate of over 20%.
  • Sheena would rate the best horse she has trained to date as Golan Way, the winner of a Grade 2 hurdle at Cheltenham and who the yard have very high hopes for. Prior to Golan, Sheena feels her best was Kalmini who was one of the favourites for the 2006 Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham after winning two £20,000 novice hurdles very impressively, the first without being asked a serious question and the second beating future stars, Opera Mundi and Tarlac.
  • One of Sheena’s greatest achievements to date was in 2008 to improve Smokey the Bear from banded class to listed class in just four months – an outstanding training achievement.
  • Its Wallace was another horse to make a name for himself, winning 10 races including running against the famous Barracouda and Its Wallace Junior, by the same sire, was the winner of 4 races.

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