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
Graded Stake Wins
Proxy – Clark Stakes, 2022
Mystic Guide – Dubai World Cup, 2021
Zipessa – First Lady Stakes, 2017
Her Emmynency – Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, 2015
Sutra – Frizette Stakes, 2006
Two Altazano – Coaching Club American Oaks, 1994
Last year, the Stidham barn had an outstanding time of it, once again finishing the season among the top echelons of the sport with 59 wins on the board and $5,113,273 in overall prize-money earned - incredibly, the fifth time in a row he’s topped the $4 million mark, along with a fantastic 16% win rate that included a host of big race runs. None were bigger than Proxy’s fine third place finish in the G1 Breeders' Cup Classic which capped an amazing G1 winning career. Stidham’s 2023 big race haul also included a G2 victory for Dream Shake in the Connaught Cup Stakes, which helped make it another 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.