One of the Nation's Leading Racehorse Trainers
the True Potential of Equine Athletes
For over forty-five years, Michael Stidham has shown himself to be one of those rare trainers capable of coaxing the very best from the horses in his care, while always keeping their health and wellbeing at the forefront of his concerns. And the results speak for themselves.
Stidham's unique ability to nurture the full potential of the equine athletes under his stewardship sets him apart as a standout figure in the equestrian world.
Photos by Will Wong
Last year, the Stidham barn had an outstanding time of it, finishing the season among the top echelons of the sport with 68 wins on the board and $4,495,091 in overall prize-money earned–incredibly, the fourth time in a row he’s topped the $4 million mark–along with a fantastic 19% win rate that included a host of big race victories, none bigger than Proxy’s well-deserved win in the G1 Clark Stakes. Stidham’s 2022 big race haul also included Princess Grace’s G3 victory in the prestigious Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes, along with a host of other big race wins that made it a year never to forget.
As you can see, year in, year out, Stidham’s results reveal a shrewd and canny handler with a keen eye for finding the right spots for his horses. Underlying those results, however, is a more fundamental factor in Stidham’s continued success: his rare understanding of the racehorse and his intuitive ability to know when to forge on with a horse and when to give it the time needed to mature. These talents combined are a potent mix, and they’re the reason why Stidham is one of the most revered and prolific trainers in the nation.