Michael Stidham, born 1957 in Neptune, New Jersey, was born into horse racing. His father George Stidham, was a jockey and trainer. George also served as Bill Hartack’s business manager and part-time agent before becoming a trainer. George Stidham passed away April 1, 2005 at the age of 78. Mike learned the trade under the watchful eye of his father, from the ground up. Starting out as a hotwalker and groom, working up to a position as an assistant trainer.
Bret is the son of former school teacher and thoroughbred trainer, William (Buddy) Calhoun, who used to train at Louisiana Downs. Bret began training horses in 1993 and notched his first victory in April of 1994. His career has really taken off since those early days. He reached the national scene in 2003 with undefeated graded stakes-winning 2-year-old colt Cactus Ridge, who was considered one of the prime prospects for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile before going to the sidelines with a knee injury that ended his racing career. Cactus Ridge was owned by country superstar Toby Keith’s Dream Walkin’ Farms.
Brian was introduced to racing by his father, Ed, while growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of Diamond Bar, near Fairplex Park in Pomona and not too far from Santa Anita. He began by training Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos in Southern California for about 10 years before turning to Thoroughbreds in 1997. He won more than 300 races and 19 stakes at Los Alamitos
Danny was born into a race track family during the heyday of the Nebraska circuit. As an infant he literally rode before he could walk. With a father and an uncle who trained thoroughbreds and another uncle who rode, Danny did not lack instruction in all aspects of horse care and conditioning. He had his own jock saddle and pint-sized stick and no one rode a bale of straw better than him.
Mark was born in July 1970 in Akron, Ohio. He’s a second-generation trainer, having grown up in the business under his father, trainer Joseph Shuman. Mark is a University of Miami (Ohio) graduate, with a degree in exercise physiology. While obtaining that degree, he always knew that his heart was leading him to follow his father in training racehorses.
Tom was born and raised in England. He comes from a family who was involved in racing. His Uncle David Morley was a multiple group 1 winning trainer. He also has a cousin Henry Daly who is a multiple grade 1 winning jump trainer. Add to the fact he has two cousins who are bloodstock agents and his father owns horses, you can say horse racing was pretty much ingrained in Tom.