Julie's association with horses began when she went to her local riding school for lessons. She began helping out at weekends. A brave rider, Julie competed in local shows in the Show Jumping arena. She progressed to riding out/exercising Point to Pointers for Jeff in his small training yard in Binfield in 1974. Her love affair with Thoroughbreds started to take shape.
Julie's first thoroughbred was a big bay gelding which they rescued in 1987 from life in a dark barn. He was paid for with 20 bags of feed and some cash! His name was Boxlaw (b.1978 - Sire: Jukebox / Dam: April Twelfth). He was half-brother to Mr. Snugfit who was 2nd in The Grand National in 1985 and 4th in 1986.
The love affair blossomed as Julie and Boxlaw hunted, went Team Chasing and raced in local Point to Points. When he was retired, he became babysitter to Caymania's foals when they were weaned and was her field companion. Boxlaw lived to the ripe old age of 29 years, passing away just one day before he 'officially' became 30 yrs old. Julie misses him to this day.
In 1994 Jeff and Julie heard about a chestnut gelding kept in a garden shed. They bought him. Like mother like daughter! Pinny became Verity's riding horse, hunting and jumping everything he was aimed at! Eventually Pinny became chief babysitter in Broadwell Stud's early days. In 2005 Jeff bought his daughter another gelding. Guilsborough Gorse (Harry) was trained by Alan and Lawney Hill. Verity worked at Woodway too, riding out every day. By this time the Thomas silks were seen regularly on the P2P circuit. Harry finished every race, usually placed.
Julie's interest in racing pedigrees had grown. Jeff encouraged Julie to develop this. In 2002 their first homebred racehorse was born. Kings Rhythm (Gildoran x Caymania) was trained initially by Henrietta Knight. He then went to Phil York where he won a point to point at Cottenham.
By now the breeding bug had well and truly bitten! Julie bought Ballyhoo in Dec. 2007, she was covered by Kayf Tara in 2008. Star Award was the next purchase, already in foal to the champion N.H. sire Flemensfirth.
Today Julie focuses on improving her broodmares and young stock. She looks for quality and value at the sales. A solid National Hunt dam line is essential. Her latest buy to hit the racecourse won on debut. In fact, every horse that has set foot on the track has either won or achieved black-type.