I’m James Keane from County Louth. I grew up riding ponies before progressing to work with international showjumpers Cian O’Connor and Shane Carey upon completion of my studies. A change to racing brought me to work at Barouche Stud and Wolverhampton racecourse. This experience prompted a move to Newmarket where I served as pupil assistant to Ed Dunlop and assistant to Lucy Wadham. My time in Newmarket kindled a desire to train and gave me a great grounding before commencing the Godolphin Flying Start programme. My first year on Flying Start has consolidated my experience and knowledge whilst providing new opportunities in the USA, including an externship with Mark Casse at Churchill Downs.