- Quote: ‘Training ‘osses is me morning job. In an afternoon it’s time to relax. One way I unwind is to work on the farm.
- Y’see I’m a farmer at heart, I have always been. I’ve lived on farms for all me 89 years – I don’t know any other way’.
By Andrew Atkinson
Veteran racehorse trainer Mick Easterby, 89, is searching for a chef to cook at his stables based at New House Farm, Sherrif Hutton, Yorkshire.
“I’m looking for a cook once a week – and also for a special occasion,” said Easterby.
“I do most of my own cooking – but it would be nice for someone to come and cook me a meal once a week,” said farmer Easterby, who trained classic winner Mrs McArdy in the 1,000 Guineas in 1977.
“If you’d like the job and we can sort something, I’ll throw in a few racing related extras too – I’ve plenty of tales to tell,” added Easterby, with over half of a century of the turf.
Kirkwall born chef Geoff McLaren, who lives in Kirkbymoorside, said: “Mick, I live up road from you and I can cook homemade stew and dumplings, liver sausages, mash, sea food, from fresh lobster crab and prawns.
“I am cheffing at moment – but do cook for elderly, near where I live. I could cook for you too.”
One of racing’s most beloved characters Easterby said: “Training ‘osses is me morning job. In an afternoon it’s time to relax. One way I unwind is to work on the farm.
“Y’see I’m a farmer at heart, and I have always been. I’ve lived on farms for all me 89 years – I don’t know any other way.”
To cook for one of racing’s oldest trainers email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographs: courtesy Mick Easterby.