The Team

The Team


Our Team

The talented team at Toberona Stables is the backbone of our success.  This team includes all the staff at Toberona who ride out and look after the horses, the jockeys, vets and all the support team. Key to this success is the partnership between Paul Nolan and James Nolan. Together with the head lad, Alan Dobbs, they combine a wealth of knowledge and experience over 25 years in the business.

We would also like to thank our corporate sponsors, SoftCo.  They have supported the yard for nearly 10 years and have been instrumental in helping us grow a large group of horses in training.


Paul Nolan

Paul Nolan commenced training in 1996, having worked with Jim Bolger he decided to embrace a training career. Since then he has never looked back training over 400 winners between all codes to date, which including winners all the major festivals such as Cheltenam, Aintree, Punchestown, Galway & Fairyhouse.

Paul Nolan - Trainer

James Nolan

James Nolan joined Toberona in 1998 after returning from the UK where he rode as a conditional jockey for Venetia Williams. James focuses on the smooth operation of the yard and has a strong rapport with the racehorse owners. He is closing involved in the purchase and overall racing strategy for each horse.

James Nolan - Trainer

Mel Nolan

Mel Nolan is the backbone of the operation at Toberona Stables. She is in charge of all administration, communicating with owners every day, providing updates and account information. Mel manages all entries and declarations for the yard.

Mel Nolan - Client Admin