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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.

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Bob Baffert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 65 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 ...more

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D. Wayne Lukas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 82 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 ...more

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Kelly Breen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Kelly Breen age 48 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, ...more

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Bill Shoemaker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Died at 72 (1931-2003) William Lee "Bill" Shoemaker was an American jockey. For 29 years he held the world record of number of professional jockey victories.

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James Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
James Fitzsimmons

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Paul Mellon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Died at 92 (1907-1999) 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 ...more

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Laz Barrera is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Laz Barrera Died at 67 (1924-1991) 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 ...more

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Stig H. Johansson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Stig H. Johansson age 72 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 ...more

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Sam Hildreth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Sam Hildreth Died at 63 (1866-1929) 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 ...more

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Henry Cecil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Died at 70 (1943-2013) 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 ...more

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Johnny Longden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Died at 96 (1907-2003) 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 ...more

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Jill Henselwood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 55 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, ...more

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Kevin Staut is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Kevin Staut age 37 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 ...more

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Ingrid Klimke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 50 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 ...more

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John Lyons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
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 ...more

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Ian Millar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 71 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 ...more

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Dorothee Schneider is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 49 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.

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Caroline Powell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 45 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, ...more

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Carl Bouckaert is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 63 Carl Bouckaert is an equestrian.

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Vittoria Panizzon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 34 Vittoria Panizzon is an equestrian.

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Álvaro de Miranda Neto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 45 Álvaro Affonso de Miranda Neto is an Olympic-class Brazilian show jumping rider. He is married to Athina Onassis de Miranda, born Athina Helene Roussel. He is president of the organizing ...more

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Natalis Chan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 67 Natalis "Nat" Chan, born 3 December 1950 in Hong Kong, is a Hong Kong television host, film actor and producer. Besides his duties as a variety show host, he has also been a horse ...more

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Claudia Fassaert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 47 Claudia Fassaert is an equestrian.

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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Died at 81 (1914-1995) John H. Adams was an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1965. Born in Carlisle, Arkansas, John Adams was nicknamed ...more

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Andrew Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 56 Andrew Nicholson is a New Zealand horseman who has competed at six Olympic Games. Nicholson's greatest success at international level has been in Three-Day Event Teams. He won a gold medal at ...more

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Hawley Bennett-Awad is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 40 Hawley Bennett-Awad is a Canadian Equestrian Team athlete who competed for Canada at the 2004 and 2012 Summer Olympics in Eventing. She was also on the eventing team that won a team silver medal ...more

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Rich Fellers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 58 Rich Fellers is an athlete. He represented United States of America in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Billy Twomey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 40 Billy Twomey is an Irish equestrian and is Ireland's highest ranked show jumper.

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Joseph Murphy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 41 Joseph Murphy is an Irish Equestrian athlete participating the 2012 London Olympics.

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Michael Jung is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 35 Michael Jung is an athlete. He represented France in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Jens Fredricson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 50 Jens Fredricson is a Swedish show jumper.

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Charlotte Dujardin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 32 Charlotte Dujardin OBE is an elite British dressage rider. Riding Valegro, Dujardin currently holds the complete set of the available individual elite dressage titles; the individual Olympic ...more

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Anabel Balkenhol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers

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Wes Studi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 70 Wesley "Wes" Studi is an award-winning full-blood Native American actor and film producer from the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma near Tahlequah, and who has won critical acclaim for his ...more

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Werner Muff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 44 Werner Muff is an athlete. He represented Switzerland in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Adrienne Lyle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 33 Adrienne Lyle is an Equestrian athlete representing United States.

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Michelle Mueller is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 54 Michelle Mueller is a Canadian equestrian.

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Emma Kanerva is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 32 Emma Kanerva is an equestrian.

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Karim El Zoghby is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 41 Karim El Zoghb is an olympian equestrian athlete representing Egypt.

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Atsushi Negishi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 41 Atsushi Negishi is a Japanese equestrian. At the 2012 Summer Olympics he competed in the Individual eventing.

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Taizo Sugitani is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 41 Taizo Sugitani is an equestrian.

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James Paterson-Robinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 39 James Paterson-Robinson is an Australian equestrian. He has been selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in equestrian jumping.

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Henrik von Eckermann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 36 Henrik von Eckermann is a Swedish show jumper.

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Sandra Auffarth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Sandra Auffarth age 31 Sandra Auffarth is a German equestrian. At the 2012 Summer Olympics she competed in the Individual eventing with Opgun Louvo. Auffarth and Opgun Louvo had won team gold and individual bronze at ...more

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McLain Ward is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 42 McLain Ward is an American show jumping competitor and Olympic champion. At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Ward won the gold medal as part of the United States team in Team jumping, together ...more

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Jur Vrieling is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Jur Vrieling age 48 Jur Vrieling is a Dutch show jumping rider. He was born in Slochteren. He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Pete Bostwick is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Died at 73 (1909-1982) George Herbert "Pete" Bostwick was an American court tennis player, a steeplechase jockey and horse trainer, and an eight-goal polo player.

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Paul Estermann is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Paul Estermann age 54 Paul Estermann is an athlete. He represented Switzerland in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Siril Helljesen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 39 Siril Helljesen is an equestrian. She represented Norway in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Earl Sande is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Died at 70 (1898-1968) Earl Harold Sande was an American Hall of Fame jockey and thoroughbred horse trainer. Born in Groton, South Dakota, Earl Sande started out as a bronco buster in the early 1900s but then became a ...more