Phone: (484) 883-8094
Location: Unionville, PA
My philosophy regarding training race horses involves one word: happiness. I believe if horses are enjoying what you are asking them to do they will be successful. The challenge is to find out what happiness is for each horse. Do they like to be turned out on grass all night or just for an hour? Do they enjoy jumping big fences or hurdles or just running on the flat? I like to see our horses shining and strutting out and eager to get to work.
My Experience and Background
I grew up foxhunting and after graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, with a degree in English I began galloping at the Fair Hill Training Center for Dr. John R. S. Fisher. I rode races for the Amateur Riders Club of America in France, England, Poland, Germany, and Czechoslovakia as well as all over the USA. Then I worked for F. Bruce Miller and rode over timber. I then worked for Jonathan Sheppard for six years and started training my own horses on the side. My first sanctioned winner was Double Dater in 1997 in the Fair Hill novice timber race. My primary barn is located in the middle of Cheshire hunt country in Unionville, Pennsylvania, where we have rolling hills and cross-country gallops with plenty of fox hunting to help us get fit. I also have stalls at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Maryland, where we get horses ready to race at the regional flat tracks, including Delaware Park, Parx, Penn National and Laurel, among others.
I have been very lucky to train a lot of beautiful horses. I have won graded stakes races at Churchill Downs and Belmont Park with Trebizond. I campaigned Young Dubliner to win the Maryland Hunt Cup and win Timber Horse of the Year. I trained five horses to hurdle victories in Saratoga Springs, New York. Within a year, I was proud to have Aquies win over hurdles in the spring, win on the flat at Parx in the summer, and then win over timber at Willowdale. That was fun.