For Tom, being a racehorse trainer is truly a vocation (At The Races feature).
Horses have been central to his life since he was very young; from small beginnings with the Golden Valley Pony Club which led ultimately, via stints with Peter & Michael Scudamore locally and then James Fanshawe at Newmarket, to being Assistant Trainer to Nicky Henderson at Seven Barrows for five years from 2006. In 2011 Tom set up on his own account at the family farm near Ross on Wye and is now in his ninth season and progressing along his chosen path. At Dason Court horses are very much treated as individuals and winners at any level are seen as a real achievement for all concerned - owners, Tom and his staff alike. Tom takes a truly patient attitude to training and firmly believes that horses should be allowed to develop naturally and safely in order to fulfil their potential. Their welfare is paramount. Tom takes a keen interest in breeding and is a member of the National Hunt Committee of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.
Life after Racing
We are very aware that after their racing career is over horses can thrive in other environments and therefore do our best to find good placements for them.
Recent leavers include the pocket rocket CARHUE PRINCESS who has recently competed in her first event and DUNMALLET BELLE who is having a successful time at dressage. MR OOOSH is doing very well in ROR and STRAITS OF MESSINA is also loving life as an eventer. Lastly, IVEBEENTHINKING is having a fine time in the show ring.