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JOHN BERRY racehorse trainer

My stable, with 36 boxes, is located in Exeter Road Newmarket. My view about racehorse training – “The Sport Of Kings has over the past decades become The Racing Industry, and one of the consequences of this change (I won’t call it progress) is that one can easily forget that racing was devised to give people pleasure. I try not to lose sight of this fact, and I hope I remain mindful of how fortunate Emma and I are to live in a stable full of lovely horses and to be involved, albeit in a minor role, in our wonderful sport. I love this place and I love the horses who live here. I regard myself very fortunate to have the support of a small bunch of extremely loyal owners and to have the assistance of a team of good people. They either began as or have become valued friends. I believe and hope that all those involved with the stable feel the same way about the operation as I do. If they do, and if we can provide the horses with a great life in return for all that they give us, then what we are doing is worthwhile. Training has changed a lot in recent years so that it has become the fashion for successful stables to be much larger than would have been considered desirable (or even possible) a generation ago. That's not the way I was raised, though, and neither is it what appeals to me. Small stables such as this one might be an endangered species, but I hope that there will always be a place in the game for operations small enough for trainers to be hands-on, to spend a lot of time with the horses and to know them as individuals and as friends.” John Berry.

21 December 2018
East of England
Businesses and shops, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Newmarket Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

I would like to feel that, as a trainer and part of the local community, I can do something to support people living with dementia, and the vulnerable, helping them feel supported in the community.  I am keen to  ensure that my staff are welcoming, helpful and supportive to all visitors which helps people living with dementia to feel safe. 

I would seek to promote awareness of dementia issues within our town and the racehorse training  industry, so that those living with dementia, and their carers, feel comfortable and at ease.  I would wish to review what we do on a regular basis and endeavour to improve our awareness of dementia issues.   I would seek to resolve specific problems that may occur with individuals from time to time.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Making time available, for staff to attend a dementia friends information session. So that all staff have a good understanding of the issues surrounding people living with Dementia. Helping staff not to make assumptions.

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2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of Dementia

    We will arrange for all staff to be dementia aware to ensure greater understanding of the condition and how we can help.


  • Work in partnership with Newmarket DAA

    John Berry racehorse trainer will work with the Newmarket Dementia Action Alliance to support Newmarket to become a dementia friendly community and encourage other organisations to attend Dementia Friends Information sessions and sign up to the Newmarket Dementia Action Alliance.

    Being implemented
  • Promoting dementia awareness

    John Berry racehorse trainer will display the NDAA window sticker to show it is a member of the NDAA. Also when applicable and appropriate the dementia friendly sticker, to demonstrate it is a dementia friendly organisation.