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HTC Owner Larry Hirsch and his passion for thoroughbred racing
HTC Owner, Larry Hirsch, explains his passion for thoroughbred racing and Highlander Training Center. About Larry Hirsch Larry Hirsch, Highlander Training Center’s owner, is a longtime participant in the thoroughbred horse racing industry. Larry understands that effective early care and development of thoroughbreds is essential for horses to realize their full racing potential and remain sound throughout their racing careers. He is dedicated to making Highlander Training Center a premier training facility, which employs the best people in the industry working in the right environment to accomplish that goal. Larry has an extensive business background, including acting as CEO of two public Fortune 500 companies.
Highlander Training Center Overview
FORGING CHAMPIONS At Highlander Training Center, we know that thoroughbred horses are meant to win. Our mission is to break and train horses using industry leading techniques to bring them to their full potential on the track. From trainers to licensed riders, to grooms, our exceptional staff understand what is needed in training a thoroughbred racing champion. FACILITIES Highlander Training Center rests on 189 acres in Hopkins County near Sulphur Springs, Texas. It is approximately 1-1/4 east of Dallas. Highlander was founded on the core principle of forging champions. The combined 80 years of experience among the Highlander trainers have produced over 300 stakes winners over the past 30 years. Highlander Training Center sits within easy shipping distance of nine major racetracks, and plans to expand its facilities to allow for full equine therapy rehabilitation services in 2020. At Highlander Training Center, we strive to produce winning horses through meticulous horsemanship, carefully balanced nutrition, complete veterinary care, and attention to detail. TRAINERS Jimmy “Scooter” Dodwell co-founded Highlander Training Center in July of 2017. He immediately began bringing together a skilled team of riders, grooms, and trainers to continue his long history of training winning thoroughbreds. For 17 years, Scooter worked with his father, Ed, breaking and training thoroughbreds at Diamond D Ranch. When Ed retired, Scooter assumed his duties as head trainer, which he carried out for 13 years before creating Highlander Training Center. Over the past 30 years, Scooter has produced horses who have won over 300 stakes races, including 2009 Horse of the Year, Rachael Alexandra.