Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

The Trainer - Imogen (Bundle) Pickard

Bundle could ride a pony before she could walk. She grew up doing pony club and riding with the Vale of Aylesbury Hunt, and when the family moved north, the College Valley Hunt. After attending university in Bristol and a spell in London, Bundle entered the world of racing in 2001 when she began working for Richard Price, progressing to be Head Lass during her time there.

After leaving in the Spring of 2005, Bundle went on to spend 6 months working at Richard Lee’s yard, learning plenty throughout her stay at Bell House. During this period, she would break in horses for local handler Edward Bevan and would serve as his Assistant Trainer until 2010.

Throughout this time, Bundle was embarking on a fruitful period riding in point-to-points, winning on only her second mount in 2006 on board Mister Falcon at Cold Harbour. It was in the following 2006/07 pointing season where Bundle made her breakthrough and enjoyed considerable success in this sphere. She rode five winners (plus numerous placings) and won the titles of Leading Lady and Leading Novice Rider in the Welsh Borders area.

With becoming a trainer in her own right always the number one ambition, Bundle never intended on her career as a jockey being a long one. She rode competitively only infrequently following a nasty fall at Bangor during the 2007/08 season.

Whilst with Edward Bevan she trained a few point to pointers and took on breakers and in 2010 she began her solo training career whilst studying and completing courses at the BRS and was granted her dual purpose training licence in July 2013.

Bundle did not have to wait long before saddling her first winner as a licensed trainer under rules. The moment came at Goodwood on 3rd September 2013, courtesy of Mister Fizz in the Goodwood Aviation & Flying School Handicap, with Daniel Cremin on board. This win was particularly special as Fizzy was the first horse bred by her mother, Maggie Wilson.