Jumping practice at the Haynes
Viewers of The Jumping Game will meet some of the top trainers
of steeplechase racehorses.
and Ann Haynes run a training farm in Bristol, Tennessee. "I
don't have a set schedule with the horses," Bruce says, "I
change it around just to keep it interesting and keep 'em seeing
new stuff all the time--so that they're eager, kind of like, 'what
are we going to do now?'"
Miller, whose children Chip and Blythe grew up to be winning jockeys,
trains champion steeplechase horses at a small farm near Kennett
Square, Pennsylvania: "I'm the luckiest person in the world
to be able to do exactly what I want, train steeplechase horses
and to have two children not only participating but being the
best they can be, at the top of their game also, to share it with
Sheppard's training philosophy is simple," I feel it is important
in training to allow a horse to be a horse and not to fit them
into some prearranged program where they're basically some kind
of robot. I think, if you allow them to do things willingly and
in a natural way, they're more likely to perform well for you
if they're enjoying it rather than being forced to do it."
Neilson remembers the first time she was named Champion Trainer
of the Year: "We had a tremendous season. We had virtually
no horses get hurt. We had horses that ran all year long without
a break and won in the beginning of the year and won at the end
of the year. It was a year that you can't ever expect because
it was a dream year."
Elliot wanted to share the credit for her success as a trainer,
so she created the Woodville Award. "Without the help we
can't do our job. We have to have good help and they put in the
tremendous hours and they're the ones that never get the credit--you
know, the horse gets credit, the trainer gets a lot of credit,
the owner gets not nearly enough credit--and the people behind
the scenes are the ones there at the crack of dawn, feeding the
horses, icing them, taking care of them. They deserve credit."