Norman Court Stud is situated in the village of West Tytherley twelve miles east of Salisbury on the Wiltshire/Hampshire border. Established in 1921Norman Court Stud has a proud history of producing top class horses. The most famous in recent years would be the Irish 1,000 Guineas champion Samitar, whilst the likes of Laugh out Loud, Nancy from Nairobi, Epsom Icon, Harrison & Nakeeta have all progressed from our paddocks to the racecourse with great success, a fact down in no small part to the quality of pasture and the facilities on offer.




Mares prepared for covering



Having been established in 1921, Norman Court Stud has a traditional feel with it’s centrepiece being the courtyard with 32 brick boxes. This is still the hub during the foaling season with five foaling boxes all under the gaze of CCTV.

Staff accommodation is situated in the old yard, ensuring that the team, all of whom live on site are on hand 24 hours a day.


Away from the old yard, Norman Court Stud’s considerable investment in its facilities in recent years means that it can now boast of an expansive indoor school, invaluable during harsh winters, with a new American barn that has doubled stable capacity.

Tucked away in relative isolation, the Stud’s paddocks stand on a chalk base which ensures good drainage in a quiet and relaxing environment where our young stock can develop in a stress free environment.


Keith Evans


Keith has spent a lifetime with horses. Originally from the Rhonda Valley he began his first job in racing with Faulke Johnson-Houghton in Blewbury as a fifteen year old, going on to ride as a conditional with what he describes as ‘forgettable effect’. He arrived at Norman Court after filling nearly every role within the racing industry, working for the likes of Dick Hern, Lord Huntingdon, Gerard Butler, Roger Charlton and finally Mick Channon at West Ilsley.

He was Mick’s yard assistant for eight years before accepting the role as Stud Manager at Norman Court in September 2016.

Janet Evans


Janet spent the same amount of time in racing as Keith, starting out with Matt McCormack at sixteen years of age. She too has worked for Lord Huntingdon, Gerard Butler and Roger Charlton, often travelling and representing at the races in between having two kids and babysitting her husband. Janet also worked for Mick Channon at West Ilsley before moving to the stud and is responsible for more or less everything at Norman Court.

When she’s not keeping Keith fed and watered she’s also looking after the couple’s grandson Aaron. She has plenty on her plate.

Sam Perry


Sam hails from Birmingham and arrived at Norman Court in March 2015. Although this is his first role within the industry he’s quickly proved to be a pivotal member of staff having already achieved his diploma in Intermediate Apprenticeship in Racehorse Care and the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care (QCF).

On top of that, he’s a qualified mechanic and can fix more or less any machinery on site which is hugely beneficial considering the staff that use it.

Michael Channon

Michael Lakaam

Michael has been described as a ‘Liability’ on more than one occasion since joining the team in March 2017. He’s also a hugely successful author of worldwide reknown but when he’s not writing his own biography on this website, Michael spends his time mucking out, doing as he’s told (occasionally) and crashing machinery. He’s nearly got the full set as well having damaged the tractor, the digger, the mower and bent a trailer out of all recognition in his short spell with us.

Having been assistant to his father at West Ilsley Stables for a decade, Michael is spending his first full breeding season at Norman Court in 2018 before probably returning to obscurity where he belongs.


Tina has spent her working life in and around racehorses and the bloodstock industry.

Hailing from a family that have owned, bred and trained for many years, Tina has ridden as an amateur, worked with racing’s administrators Weatherbys, run a racecourse (Huntingdon) and been Commercial Director of The National Stud where she was also responsible for the running of the Stud’s Owners’ Breeders’ Clubs.

Ever approachable, Tina has been involved with Norman Court Stud since Sixties Icon’s arrival in 2008.

David Trundell

David Trundell

Dr. David Trundell BSc (Hons) MVDr MSc Dip ACT MRCVS undertook his residency in equine reproduction at the world-renowned Equine Reproduction Laboratory, Colorado State University under the guidance of highly respected Equine Reproduction Specialists, Drs. Patrick McCue (Theriogenologist of the year 2017) and Ryan Ferris.

David become board certified in the American College of Theriogenologists in July 2016. In addition David was awarded an advanced Masters degree in Clinical Sciences from Colorado State University in May 2016.

David knows what he’s doing.


Monty is the resident Teaser Stallion at Norman Court and he arrived with Keith and Janet in the Autumn of 2016. Since then, six year old Monty has been on a steep learning curve but it has to be said that what he lacks in experience he certainly makes up for in enthusiasm.  

In truth, he’s an absolute star and invaluable in terms of the serious business during the covering season and as a companion to Sixties Icon.