Ivan Furtado grew up on his family ranch in Brazil, close to the Argentinean border, and started riding when he was around 4 years of age. He never had plans to be a jockey but was always interested in training, even in those early days back home when he helped his grandfather to look after his quarter horses, and his keen interest grew as he got older.
After university, he came to the UK with the main aim of improving his English, but was lucky enough to get a job with Jim Old, one of the top National Hunt trainers back then. Jim was really old school and taught him such a lot about the game in five enjoyable years.
He then spent two years as assistant trainer to Roger Charlton, where he had the chance to work with some great horses. He rode Group 1 winner Al Kazeem in most of his work, and looked after other stable stars like Cityscape and Time Test.
After that, he spent some time working as assistant to former trainer Alan McCabe.
Working with all of these trainers exposed him to different training regimes, and very different types of horses, so it allowed him to develop his own approach to training. In 2015 he got his own licence, and started training in his own right at Wiseton, near Doncaster, where he rapidly made a name for himself sending out lots of winners.
A move to Averham Park Stables near Newark followed in 2018, but Ivan decided to move back to Wiseton in 2023 and is looking forward to sending out more winners from a location where he did so well in the past. He would be delighted to welcome your horses for training. All ownership types are catered for, from sole owners to syndicates, and owners are assured of a warm welcome and a high level of friendly service.
Ivan attends all the major sales during the sales season at Goffs and Tattersalls in the UK, as well as sales in Ireland and France looking for future stars. If you are an existing racehorse owner and already know your requirements, why not contact us and let Ivan know what you require, so we can endeavour to find the right horse for you at the forthcoming sales.