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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.
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Bob Baffert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 66
Robert A. Baffert (born January 13, 1953) is an American racehorse trainer who trained the 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify. Baffert's horses have ...more
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D. Wayne Lukas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 83
Darrell Wayne Lukas (born September 2, 1935 in Antigo, Wisconsin) is an American horse trainer and a U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee. He has won twenty Breeders' Cup races, received five ...more
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Kelly Breen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Kelly Breen age 49
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
Dec. at 72 (1931-2003)
William Lee "Bill" Shoemaker (August 19, 1931 – October 12, 2003) was an American jockey. For 29 years he held the world record for total 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
Dec. at 92 (1907-1999)
Paul Mellon (June 11, 1907 – February 1, 1999) was an American philanthropist and an owner/breeder of thoroughbred racehorses. He is one of only five people ever designated an "Exemplar of ...more
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Laz Barrera is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Laz Barrera Dec. at 67 (1924-1991)
Lazaro Sosa Barrera (May 8, 1924 – April 25, 1991) was a Cuban-born American Hall of Fame thoroughbred racehorse trainer.Born in Havana, "Laz" Barrera was one of nine brothers who went ...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 73
Stig Henry Johansson (born 26 July 1945 in Forsa, Hudiksvall Municipality) is a Swedish trotting trainer and former driver. He started his career as a professional trainer in 1969, and has ...more
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Sam Hildreth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Sam Hildreth Dec. at 63 (1866-1929)
Samuel Clay Hildreth (May 16, 1866 – September 24, 1929) was an American Thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame trainer and owner.
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Henry Cecil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Dec. at 70 (1943-2013)
Sir Henry Richard Amherst Cecil (11 January 1943 – 11 June 2013) was a British flat racing horse trainer. He was widely regarded as one of the greatest trainers in history. Cecil was Champion ...more
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Johnny Longden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)
John Eric "Johnny" Longden (February 14, 1907 – February 14, 2003) was an American Hall of Fame jockey who was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England. His father emigrated to Canada in ...more
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Jill Henselwood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 56
Jill Henselwood (born November 1, 1962) is a Canadian Equestrian Team member who competes in show jumping.At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Henselwood (riding her horse Special Ed) won the ...more
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Kevin Staut is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Kevin Staut age 38
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 (born 1 April 1968 in Münster, Germany) is a German eventing rider. She appeared at five Olympics from 2000 to 2016. With her horse Abraxxas, she won two gold medals in team ...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 an American horse trainer in the field of natural horsemanship. Lyons has been presenting training clinics and horsemanship symposia since 1980, has written several books on horses ...more
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Ian Millar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 72
Ian Millar, CM (born January 6, 1947) 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 ...more
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Dorothee Schneider is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 50
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 64
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 35
Vittoria Panizzon is an equestrian.
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Álvaro de Miranda... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 46
Álvaro Affonso de Miranda Neto (born 5 February 1973), more commonly known as Álvaro de Miranda or "Doda" Miranda, is an Olympic-class Brazilian show jumping rider. He ...more
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Natalis Chan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 68
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 48
Claudia Fassaert is an equestrian.
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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
Dec. at 81 (1914-1995)
John H. Adams (September 1, 1914 – August 19, 1995) was an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1965. Born in ...more
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Andrew Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Horse Trainers
age 57
Andrew Nicholson may refer to: Andrew Nicholson (basketball) (born 1989), Canadian basketball player Andrew Nicholson (equestrian) (born 1961), New Zealand Olympic equestrian Andrew Nicholson ...more