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Adrian Nicholls Racing is a family-run business and the home of happy horses. Based in Thirsk, the home of the renowned Thirsk Racecourse, we provide unique, top-quality horse training facilities and the highest standard of care.

We welcome every horse with open arms and employ the same level of dedication across the board. Working closely with each individual horse, and their owners, we cater to their specific needs in order to get the most out of their training. We love that no horse is the same and we strive to provide the best training for each animal at an affordable price.

Our friendly team are hard working with a vast knowledge of the horse racing game. Pair that with our premium training facilities, you can rely on us to look after and train your horse to success.

About Adrian Nicholls

Adrian Nicholls himself has lived and breathed horses since the day he was born. At a young age, he received the nickname “trotter” as he trotted behind his Father Dandy’s (David Nicholls) every step when he went racing with him.

As he turned 15, he found a loophole in the age restrictions and went to start riding in Norway. After 3 months of racing, he teamed up with Barry Hills at his legendary stables as a stable apprentice. After working there for a year and a half, he learnt a great deal from this reputable man.

Then, Adrian was offered a role at Kingsclere Stables as a stable apprentice to Derby winning trainer, Ian Balding. This presented a huge learning curve for him, learning about all aspects of racing! Within 3 years, Adrian rode out his claim in the Ayr Gold Cup.

Adrian continued his upward rise in the weighing room, riding multiple groups and listed winners including 2 Group 1’s. This was his highlight of a career which expanded over 19 years, riding all over the world with winners in 12 countries along the way. Throughout this time, he was learning all the different ways to train and provide horse care.

Adrian Nicholls Racing Today

Now, Adrian embarks on his dream role as a horse trainer, putting all these skills to use and with his wife beside him. Clare was also born into racing in Ireland with both her Father and Brother as former trainers. As an apprentice herself to David Nicholls, Clare has learnt from him and Ben Beasley, a key member of staff. She has a vast understanding of all aspects of horse care and is Adrian’s right-hand lady.

Together we lean on years of experience and expertise to provide your horses with the best training and care possible. Make an enquiry today to find out more information about what Adrian Nicholls Racing can do for your horse.