Key Staff




Michael Leonard

Financial Manager and Operations Manager



Mick is Darren’s Operation Manager and he oversees the running of both the office and stable complex. Mick is also our financial guru and he has been invaluable in contributing to the growth and success of Forest Lodge Racing. Having previously owned an accounting firm in Ballarat, Mick’s financial knowledge is outstanding. He has his own trainer’s license and operates Millwater Agistment Farm at Millbrook, where we spell many of our horses.







Jeremy Rogers - Racing Manager


Jeremy joined the stable in 2010 as Racing Manager, having previously worked for Waikato Stud in New Zealand as Public Relations Manager. Jeremy is a product of Marcus Oldham College and his background and passion for racing has been a great asset to the stable. In 2017 he was a popular winner of both the Dedication to Racing Award and the Thoroughbred Excellence Award at the annual Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards. Jeremy’s main duties involve the nomination and acceptances of all stable horses, jockey declarations, liaising with owners on the progress of their horses, and yearling selections.








Simon McCartin – Assistant Racing Manager



Simon has been involved with the racing industry from a young age through his father being a hobby trainer for over 40 years. Simon has a passion for the racing industry and enjoys all aspects. He is involved with keeping owners up to date with progress reports, pre- and post-race reports and assisting Jeremy with day to day tasks such as nominations, acceptances and engaging riders.











Angela Taylor-Moy – Foreperson, Ballarat


Angela has been a part of Forest Lodge since first linking up with Darren when he was still training from Stawell. When Darren shifted from Stawell to Ballarat, Angela followed to continue her association with the stable. Angela is a key track rider and also works closely with our veterinary team every morning to help ensure all of the horses are healthy and sound. Angela also holds her own trainer’s license, and she was a finalist for the Dedication To Racing Award in the 2017 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards.










Johnno Bower – Foreman, Ballarat



In conjunction with Angela, Johnno plays a key role in the day to day running of our main stable in Ballarat. Whilst Johnno previously rode track work for the stable, he now plays a vital link in ensuring the morning routines are completed in an organised and timely manner. Johnno is devoted to making sure the health and wellbeing of all horses and staff are number one priority.









Jarrod McLean - Foreman, Warrnambool


Jarrod has been stable foreman at Warrnambool since 2015. He was a successful trainer at Yangery in his own right but said the opportunity to work for Darren was too good an opportunity to knock back. He has retained his trainer’s licence which allows him to keep a few of his own horses in work. Jarrod and Darren have been good friends for more than 10 years so he was the obvious choice when it came finding the right foreman to oversee Darren’s Warrnambool stables.








Luke Archibald – Account Manager


Luke plays a vital role in compiling the monthly accounts. Luke is very efficient in his work and is always happy to assist with any account enquiry. Luke is quite often seen at the trials taking notes or chauffeuring Darren to the races. Luke also works part-time as a finishing judge for Harness Racing Victoria.







Andrew Cust – Veterinarian



Since joining the Ballarat Veterinary Practice Andrew has been the number one vet for Forest Lodge. Andrew’s previous experience includes working with the Macau Jockey Club, Racing Victoria, and Harness Racing Victoria. Andrew is 100% dedicated to the welfare of Darren’s horses.










Travis Croser – Farrier


Travis came to Forest Lodge in 2012 after completing a four year apprenticeship with the team at Lindsay Park, South Australia.

Travis is a dedicated hard worker who has a great eye for attention to detail, making sure all horses feet are correct and fitted out accordingly.












Monique Roche - Owner Services Manager 



Monique has been head of Forest Lodge’s Owner Services division since early 2016, after cutting her teeth as an accountant in the mining industry. She has been involved in racing for many years through her father who is a hobby trainer and she herself a graduate of Marcus Oldham College. Monique is ready to discuss any yearlings for sale and she helps ensure the smooth running of the office.