Tommy Cooper is a chartered surveyor and land agent who is a well-known figure in the sport, acting as a Racecourse Steward at several East Midlands tracks, including Market Rasen’s sister racecourses at Nottingham and Huntingdon. Racing has always been in Tommy’s blood with both of his parents acting as Racecourse Stewards.
Tommy’s earliest racing memories are of the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in 1963 won by Only for Life and when he bunked off school with his father to see Royal Palace win the 1968 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park in a photo finish from Taj Dewan.
Michael has over 30 years of commercial experience having owned and managed companies both in the UK and in the USA. For the last 5 years Michael has been a consultant focusing on mergers and acquisitions.
Michael’s interest in horses goes back to riding when younger, hunting with the Grove & Rufford, and some eventing with his own horses. Michael was also on the Hunt committee for over 20 years. He has always had a keen interest in horse racing and was fortunate to be associated with many successes on both the flat and jumps with his Father-in-law’s horses during the 1980s/90s.
BRIDGET DUDGEON (BIDDY)
Biddy is a Chartered Surveyor and practiced as a Land Agent for 20 years before her mid-life crisis, when she took up embroidery! Biddy runs her own web-based business from home, called Monogrammed Presents.
Biddy has followed and been involved in National Hunt racing all her life, with her family and husband’s family. Biddy and Johnny Dudgeon are both from farming families and met at Cirencester Agricultural College in the 1980s. Johnny and Biddy have two sons and live near Grantham.
Sue’s background has been in Further Education, working as Head Lecturer at North Lindsey College. Since leaving education & having a family, Sue has worked as secretary of the local Bloodwise charity, organising and jointly running fund raising events. Sue supports her husband who has his own business, liaising with overseas customers from USA, Hong Kong, Japan & Thailand.
Sue was born and raised in Licolnshire; she and her family of the local community. It is her in-laws, Jean & Paul Lucas, who first introduced her to horseracing. Sue is the fifth generation of the family to be involved at Market Rasen Racecourse, joining the committee in January 2016.
Helen has been an avid member of the point-to-point scene for a number of years, initially as a jockey and trainer where she rode 15 winners and trained close to 30, most recently she has been stewarding on a regular basis. Early in her career, she spent time working for a trainer in the USA before working for Turf Newspapers. In recent times she has had her own Hunter/point-to-point livery yard.
Lucy grew up in Hexham and now lives in Lincoln with her family where she works for BBC Radio Lincolnshire.
Lucy’s family have been an integral part of MR racecourse; her father-in-law, Dr Graham Parry worked at the racecourse for 35 years as doctor, mother-in-law Chris, worked as the racecourse nurse. Sadly neither are no longer with us, but remain a firm part of the racecourse’s history.