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Highlander Training Center featured in HBPA HORSEMEN'S Journal Spring 2023

 Jennie Rees

 Spring 2023

“We think horsemanship is the key and foundation of what we do here,” Jeff Hooper said. “We want to bring each horse to the best of their abilities, whatever that may be. We’re fortunate to have experienced and highly professional people in all of our leadership roles here. But we always want to learn from others too and blend old-school horsemanship with the cutting-edge technologies available. Racing can be a game of inches. So anything we can do to help these horses achieve what they’re capable of, we want to have those tools at our disposal.”


Highlander Training Center prepares horses long before they see the track 

 Kyle Abshire

 January 18, 2023

A horse race lasts no more than a couple of minutes. The Kentucky Derby is called the most exciting two minutes in sports, after all. For every time a horse makes it to the track for that brief dash for cash and glory many more hours are put into preparation and training.

When the time comes for a young horse to be broke, or to learn the basic skills necessary to become a racehorse, they are often sent to a training center where this training will take place. For many of the horses that race at Sam Houston Race Park or other tracks across the country, that training takes place at Highlander Training Center in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Highlander is a state-of-the-art facility that specializes...

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BLOODHORSE Magazine features Highlander Training Center

"If there's one thing that can bring an abrupt pause to a horse's athletic pursuits, it's a soft-tissue injury. Fortunately, veterinary and rehabilitative medicine is better today than ever before, using the latest therapies and modalities to help injured horses heal. BloodHorse recently talked with officials from some leading rehab centers in three states to learn more about the treatment and rehabilitation options for tendon injuries....." - Bloodhorse Magazine

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Highlander a World-Class Facility in East Texas

Friday, April 15, 2022 at 10:07 am | 

Updated: April 15, 2022 at 3:14 pm

Highlander Training Center | Courtesy HTC

By Jennie Rees (@tracksidejennie)

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas — The head trainer is the guy who prepared 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra to be a racehorse. He and his two assistant trainers combine for more than 100 years of experience and the development of more than 300 stakes horses.

Yearlings and weanlings romp in undulating pastures. Two-year-olds learning the fundamentals and older horses coming off layoffs gallop and work over a traditional training track as well as lope up a 1 3/8-mile turf gallop.

The spacious barns have vaulted ceilings featuring skylights that can open and close via remote control but are programmed to automatically shut when rain starts. The 12′ X 12′ stalls with springy flooring underneath the bedding provide horses maximum comfort. Think of it as box springs for equines..... READ MORE

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