Two-time Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer Bret Calhoun on Highlander Training Center and its graduates:
“It’s state-of-the-art. . . . I’ve been working with that group of people for a while, and they always do a good job. The horses come to us in good condition. They’re sound, healthy and well-educated; they’re physically and mentally ready. And that’s exactly what we’re looking for on this end.”
Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer Jeremiah Englehart on Thea’s Theme, a Highlander Training Center graduate and winner in her first career start in a maiden allowance race at Saratoga in August 2019:
“She came to us in great shape with a great coat. She’s been straightforward and has handled everything we’ve asked her to do.”
UAE Derby-winning trainer Brendan Walsh on Highlander Training Center and its graduates:
“They’re doing a fantastic job there; they do things right. Their horses are as good as horses can possibly be coming to the track.”
Joe Sharp, trainer of earners of over $20 million including Grade I Haskell Invitational Stakes winner Girvin:
“Highlander training center does an exceptional job evaluating and preparing each horse as an individual, based on their needs. This is then communicated to the trainers when leaving which makes for a smooth transition to the racetrack.”
Multiple stakes winning trainer Lon Wiggins who’s runners have earned nearly $5 million in purses has this to say about Highlander Training Center and its team:
“Highlander Training Center is owned and managed by great people who are well respected throughout the industry. They are determined to make this one of the best state-of-the-art facilities , not only in Texas, but in the country. I recommend to people all the time to go by and visit, you’ll be amazed what a top notch facility it is.
“I can’t say enough about Scooter Dodwell and his staff. Besides being an excellent horseman, Scooter is very honest and hardworking. I have trusted him with my babies for almost three decades. Jon Newbold is a great assistant who is very hands on. The exercise riders are good enough to work for any trainer, at any racetrack, but why go to a racetrack when you can work at a facility like this? The grooms take pride in their horses and are very personable when we stop by to see our horses.
“ I’ve been very pleased with the way the yearlings which we send to Highlander come back to us as two-year-olds. They are in good flesh and well-prepared mentally and physically for their transition to the racetrack. Highlander is a great place for your youngsters to get their education.”