John Nel has enjoyed a successful thoroughbred racing career spanning over the last two decades, with roots in South African racing and top-level experience in British yard management. Riding into victory for world-renowned trainers as Equus Award Champion Amateur Rider in South Africa in 2007 and again in 2010, John is well accustomed to the saddle and brings first-hand knowledge from the track into his repertoire of experience.
A former racehorse trainer himself, John enjoyed a successful training career alongside prosperous international winning owner and breeder, Luiz Cunha, from his family-owned racing and breeding facility in picturesque Summerveld, South Africa. From here John’s endeavours and skills grew in racehorse management, stud management, and bloodstock and sales for top clients in SA and abroad.
The head quarters of thoroughbred racing had been calling for years, and John made the exciting jump to Newmarket, England, where his experience positioned him as Senior Yard Manager for Simon Crisford at Gainsborough Stables for four fruitful years.
Through his amalgamation of knowledge, extensive experiences, and absolute passion for thoroughbred racing, Quest was born with the vision to provide tailored products and world-class services to all racing patrons.