List of Famous Horse Trainers People

List of Famous Horse Trainers

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List of famous horse trainers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top horse trainers in the world? This includes the most prominent horse trainers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable horse trainers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic horse trainers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned horse trainers.

These people, like David Cotey and Jimmy Frost include images when available.

From reputable, prominent, and well known horse trainers to the lesser known horse trainers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the horse trainer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous horse trainers ever?" and "What are the names of famous horse trainers?" then you're in the right place. (419 items)


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    Robert A. "Bob" Baffert is an American horse owner and trainer, whose horses have won three Kentucky Derbies, five Preakness Stakes, one Belmont Stakes and two Kentucky Oaks. He graduated from the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program with a Bachelor of Science degree.more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Nogales, Arizona, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Horse trainer
    • Credits: And They're Off
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    Darrell Wayne Lukas is an American horse trainer and a U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee. He holds the record for the most Triple Crown, has won twenty Breeders' Cup races, received five Eclipse Awards for his accomplishments, and his horses have won 25 year-end Eclipse Awards.more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Antigo, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Horse trainer
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    Kelly Breen

    Kelly John Breen is a trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses. On June 11, 2011, Breen won the most important race of his career when Ruler on Ice won the third leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series, the Belmont Stakes.more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Horse trainer
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    William Lee "Bill" Shoemaker was an American jockey. For 29 years he held the world record of number of professional jockey victories.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1931-2003)
    • Birthplace: Fabens, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Jockey, Horse trainer
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    James Fitzsimmons

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    Paul Mellon was an American philanthropist and an owner/breeder of thoroughbred racehorses. He is one of only five people ever designated an "Exemplar of Racing" by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. He was co-heir to one of America's greatest business fortunes, the Mellon Bank fortune, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1907-1999)
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Horse trainer
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    Laz Barrera

    Lazaro Sosa Barrera was a Cuban-born American Hall of Fame thoroughbred racehorse trainer. Born in Havana, "Laz" Barrera was one of nine brothers who went on to become involved in thoroughbred horse racing in the United States. While in his teens, he began working at a racetrack in his native Cuba and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1924-1991)
    • Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
    • Profession: Horse trainer
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    Stig H. Johansson

    Stig Henry Johansson is a Swedish trotting trainer and former driver. He started his career as a professional trainer in 1969, and has during a large part of the career been a dominating force in Swedish trotting. He is, arguably, the greatest in Swedish trotting history. Internationally, he is regarded ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Profession: Horse trainer
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    Sam Hildreth

    Samuel Clay Hildreth was an American Thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame trainer and owner. Born in Independence, Missouri, Sam Hildreth began his training career in 1887, competing at racetracks in the Midwestern United States with such horses as the good racemare Hurley Burley, the dam of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1866-1929)
    • Birthplace: Independence, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Horse trainer
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    Sir Henry Richard Amherst Cecil was a British flat racing horse trainer. He was widely regarded as one of the greatest trainers in history. Cecil was Champion Trainer 10 times and, as of June 2012, had trained 25 domestic Classic winners, comprising four winners of the Epsom Derby, eight winners of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1943-2013)
    • Birthplace: Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Horse trainer
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    John Eric Longden was an American Hall of Fame jockey who was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England. His father emigrated to Canada in 1909, settling in Taber, Alberta. By 1912, Longden Sr. had saved enough money to send for his wife and young son to join him in Canada. However, the Longdens' train was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 96 (1907-2003)
    • Birthplace: Wakefield, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Jockey, Horse trainer
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    Jill Henselwood is a Canadian Equestrian Team member in show jumper. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Henselwood won the silver medal as part of the Canadian team in team jumping, together with teammates Mac Cone, Eric Lamaze, and Ian Millar. She currently lives in Oxford Mills, Ontario. Her ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
    • Profession: Athlete, Horse trainer, Equestrian
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    Kevin Staut

    Kevin Staut is a French equestrian. His specialty is show jumping, either individually or as part of a team. He has received medals at the Show Jumping French Junior Championships, the Show Jumping European Championship for Young Riders, the Show Jumping European Championships, and the Show Jumping ...more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Le Chesnay, France
    • Profession: Businessperson, Athlete, Horse trainer
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    Ingrid Klimke is a German eventing rider. She appeared at four Olympics from 2000 to 2012. With her horse Abraxxas she won two gold medals in team eventing at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics. She is the daughter of equestrian Reiner Klimke. Like her father, she rides in both ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: M√ľnster, Germany
    • Profession: Coach, Athlete, Horse trainer
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    John Lyons

    John Lyons is one of the nationally known horse trainers in the field of natural horsemanship. Lyons has been presenting training clinics and horsemanship symposia since 1980, has written several books on horses and horse training, and is the founder of John Lyons' Perfect Horse magazine. He lives and ...more

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    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Horse trainer
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    Ian Millar, CM is a Canadian Equestrian Team athlete for show jumping. He is a two-time winner of the Show Jumping World Cup and an Olympic silver medalist. Due to his longevity and accomplishments, he is often nicknamed "Captain Canada" in his sport. He holds the record for most Olympic appearances. A ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada
    • Profession: Businessperson, Athlete, Horse trainer, Breeder, Equestrian
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    Dorothee Schneider is a German dressage rider competing at Olympic level. On 7 August 2012 Schneider was a member of the team which won the silver medal in the team dressage event.more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany
    • Profession: Businessperson, Coach, Horse trainer, Equestrian
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    Caroline Powell is a New Zealand equestrian. At the 2012 Summer Olympics she won the bronze medal in Team eventing. She was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand and currently lives in Kelso, Scotland. Powell has represented New Zealand in two Olympic Games and two World Games, where she won a bronze team ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Lower Hutt, New Zealand
    • Profession: Coach, Athlete, Horse trainer, Equestrian
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    Carl Bouckaert is an equestrian.more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Waregem, Belgium
    • Profession: Businessperson, Coach, Athlete, Horse trainer, Equestrian
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    Vittoria Panizzon is an equestrian.more

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    • Age: age 32
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Businessperson, Coach, Athlete, Horse trainer, Equestrian
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