John Ryan made the natural transition to begin training racehorses in 1997, firstly assisting Yogi Breisner. John was then assistant trainer to Philip Mitchell in Epsom, became assistant trainer to his father and further consolidated this experience as an assistant to J. Poulton.
John Ryan started his riding career with an amateur flat license and represented the British Amateur Association with notable successes throughout Europe. John started his jump career as conditional jockey for racehorse trainer, Stan Mellor. He then obtained his full National Hunt licence notching up a total of 174 wins.
John obtained his own trainer’s licence in October 2005, and set up John Ryan Racing from Cadland Stables.