Grantham Journal Caricature: Martin Shepherd

Caricature of Martin Shepherd, by Terry Shelbourne
Caricature of Martin Shepherd, by Terry Shelbourne

Horses have been part of Martin Shepherd’s life since his father arranged for him to go riding with the Watkins family as a young boy.

He is now an avid horse racing fan who visits and watches equestrian events all around the UK, as well as abroad.

Moreover, among the jobs he has had over his 57 years, Martin worked at Windsor Castle putting down anti-skid material to help protect the horses.

Born and bred in Grantham and now living in Bridge End Grove, Martin is planning on going to the upcoming meet at Newmarket, as well as keeping an eye on this Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris.

Through his detailed know-ledge of the best trainers and jockeys, Martin has enjoyed numerous large wins, although he is careful to keep any tips to himself.

When he is not cheering at the final furlong, Martin enjoys going both game and clay shooting, being a regular visitor to Orston Shooting Ground.

He also used to play rugby for Kesteven Rugby Football Club.