Barber brothers remain on track
2:21pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
TWO brothers are continuing to make great strides in the horse racing industry.
Marc and Matthew Barber, of Pembrokeshire Hunt Kennels, are currently enjoying success both on and off the track.
Marc, 29, has turned to training horses having rode 70 point to point winners. He was also a National Novice Champion back in 2002.
But now his attention has turned to professional racing, with the goal of achieving a full public licence within the near future.
“Currently I’m concentrating on our own horses but I want to be able to train for the public,” said Marc, who is currently based at a yard in Amroth.
“On some levels I find training a lot harder than competing. A lot depends on facilities and the quality of horses.”
Matthew, 21, is also training point to point horses in Amroth, but for now is main focus remains on competing.
After riding 13 winners last season, in April 2013 he secured one of the biggest victories of his career when he rode Hawkeye Native to the Dunraven Bowl Hunter Championship in Chepstow. The race was shown live on the Sky television racing channel.
“It was my biggest win as a rider,” said Matthew.
“My aim now is to get my full licence to compete under rules.”
Matthew, whose next race is at Blackforest Lodge next month, added: “Hopefully Marc can gt his full training licence as that will really benefit both of us.”
A typical working day for the pair begins at 6am, and ends at around 7pm, but Marc says it is a seven day a week routine they are both happy to embrace: “Like any job you get the odd bad day when things go wrong.
“But the commitment isn’t a problem for either of us.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about the pairs regime, or who would like to visit the yard, can contact Matthew on 07974 619 012.