I was born into a life that revolved around horses. My grandfather Mike Vergette trained National Hunt horses from his yard in Market Deeping and both my father and mother Paul and Sue D'Arcy have ridden as jockeys and they now train racehorses in Newmarket (www.pauldarcyracing.com). I myself have ridden since before I can remember and was in the Newmarket and Thurlow pony club. I took part in many team competitions for both the pony and riding clubs and hunted. I competed regularly in affiliated show jumping and in my school holidays would ride out for top flat trainer Sir Michael Stoute. I travelled to America where I spent time as a work rider for top trainer Michael Dickinson. At the age of 16 I took out my amateur jockey's licence and had several rides on the flat and over hurdles, one of which was a winner at Newmarket's July course.
Shortly after this I had a total career change and went to work for Lloyds TSB as a personal account manager. After a few years of this and working for an insurance broker, I felt something was missing and went back to work with horses, as I realised this was where my heart lay. I worked for a several trainers riding out in Newmarket and then worked for my father as Head Lad, getting the chance to take a horse to Dubai and be in sole charge of it during the Dubai Carnival. When in Dubai, I met a top Australian farrier, who sowed the seeds of me becoming a farrier. I then moved to Northamptonshire to work for Caroline Bailey in her National Hunt yard but quickly realised that I loved working with horses and riding, but had lost all interest in the racing element, so I made the decision that I would become a farrier. That way I could stay working with horses and do something I was really interested in and that my all-round knowledge of the horse world would prove useful.
I worked for Andy Martin AWCF in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire and he helped me achieve my forging certificate so that I would be able to get an apprenticeship. I was then lucky enough to be offered a job with the well-respected top farrier Martin Deacon FWCF in Leicestershire, where I completed my apprenticeship under his watchful eye and got to assist him with lots of interesting cases. I continued working with Martin for a futher 3 years in which time I was fortunate enough to work alongside him at Oakham vets at his regular Thursday clinic, as well as Chine house vets. Also all the referrals that came from all over the country to the forge at Illston on the Hill.
I have now taken the decision to work for myself and hope to be as successful in my chosen career as Mr Deacon himself.