Jo Foster is a successful Yorkshire Race Horse trainer who has trained over 100 winners.
Jo trains in the village of Menston, near Ilkley Moor in Yorkshire.
It was 25 years ago an untameable passion for racing led her from Show Jumping and Hunting circles into Point to Pointing.
Jo rode 75 winners and trained 70 Point to Point and Hunter Chase winners including the Top Northern point to point horse in 2004 and the leading Yorkshire horse 2002 to 2005 before she decided to take out a license and train professionally.
Jo rode very successfully as an Amateur Jockey before retiring in 2011.
She was Champion Yorkshire Lady Jockey 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2009 and was runner up in the National Ladies Championship.
She trained and rode Ikdam Melody to run in the Foxhunters Chase at Aintree over the Grand National Fences in 2006.
Jo was granted her full Trainers license and Nounou was her first winner, winning at Cartmel.
Since then she has trained winners every year from a small select string including on the flat, over hurdles and especially, her real passion, over fences.
The 2012-2013 National Hunt season was a great year, Jo trained 10 winners and 26 placed horses with an impressive strike rate of 18% from 8 horses.
2016-17 season she has had a 33% strike rate winners/placed horses to runners over fences, from the 10 horses in training and 2019 has been equally successful with all but two horses in the yard winning races, and even they came very close.
Her aim is to remain small and successful so she can devote time to every horse in the yard.
Jo whipped in for 20 years to her local hunt - the Pendle Forest and Craven Hunt.
She often hunts the race horses which helps to freshen them up. Cara Court, Houndscourt, Pinerolo, Urban Gale and Cross To Boston all hunted before they won. It allows the horses to have a change of scenery and a day away from the yard without the pressure of racing.
They come back rejuvenated and full of enthusiasm – a change can be as good as a rest.
Jo’s father Peter runs the farm and Jo helps out on the farm whenever possible.
Her son Felix has some of his own lambs which he rears in the paddocks. Felix is often seen riding his pony out on the gallops and hunting with Jo.
Jo writes a weekly column in the Yorkshire Post, which is a great read especially when she tips a winner.
Every Saturday catch ‘Over the stable door’ which is very popular.
Each year she has a party to raise money for special charities she helps including the Injured Jockey Fund, Jack Berry House and The Yorkshire Air Ambulance, three very important Charities within the racing industry.
These parties are not to be missed.
What can Jo and her Team offer you?
Professionalism - We are a small, dedicated yard with a hard-working and interested team.
We work closely together to get the most out of every horse.
Individualism -We give every horse the time and particular work they each require, rather than them being just a number in the string. Everyone is looking for something particular when owning a racehorse and it is my job to ensure you get the most from that when part of our yard.
Truth - Regarding your horse’s ability and progress. No excuses here, Jo says it as she sees it, good or bad.
Loyalty – so few offer loyal service among owners and staff in this game but Jo won’t compromise on her morals however others lower theirs.
Fun and involvement - One of the most important aspects of my job is to ensure you enjoy being an owner. It is a wonderful sport with so much excitement and involvement.