Andy Hobbs is a thoroughbred racehorse trainer who was formerly based out of Tyre Hill Stables, located in the idyllic Cotswolds, at the foot of the picturesque Malvern Hills. Andy worked to build up a successful training operation at Tyre Hill winning many regular and point-to-point during his time there.
After Andy’s tenure, Tyre Hill Stables was taken on by David Dennis. David is, like Andy a former jockey with a successful career in the saddle behind him. He rode for more than 10 years, claiming in excess of 200 winners, including some notable Grade 1 races.
Having ridden for a wide variety of trainers and seeing various techniques and styles of training, David was always destined to try his own hand at it, and with the support of his business partner, he has revolutionised the training operation at Tyre Hill Stables.
They have ploughed more than a million pounds into the site, adding state of the art equipment like an equine swimming pool and an equine treadmill. The investment is already paying dividends with the winners racking up, and there are still big ambitions for the future, with plans submitted to increase the capacity of Tyre Hill Stables from 30 to 90 horses.
But what is it about Tyre Hill Stables and the Cotswolds that draws such trainers to the region. That is what this site is all about.
Tyre Hill Stables:
We profile Tyre Hill Stables taking a look at how things were under Andy Hobbs, and the startling refurbishment it has received under the guidance of new owner David Dennis.
We profile the new facilities that have been added as well as looking at some of the natural surroundings and assets that make the site so attractive for top quality thoroughbred racehorse trainers
David Dennis – Biography:
We look in detail at the life and career of the current owner of Tyre Hill Stables, David Dennis, examining his life and career in horseracing to date, his biggest achievements, and also looking at his ambitions for the future for himself and the Tyre Hill Stables site.
Away from Tyre Hill Stables, the Cotswolds is a hotbed of thoroughbred trainers. And with good reason. The natural surroundings, wide open spaces, and transport connections to all parts of the country make it an ideal location for trainers looking to make their mark on a national level.
In this article we profile just a few of the most successful Trainers currently operating out of the Cotswolds, amongst them, Jonjo O’Neill, one of the most successful trainers in the sport today. We take a look at Jackdaws Castle, the base from which he trains his champion horses, as well as considering the man himself.
We also look at Nigel Twiston Davies another trainer at the very top of the sport who has based himself in the Cotswolds for almost all of his career and who has much to thank the region for.
One of the big draw of the Cotswolds for trainers of flat and National Hunt racehorses is the close proximity of a large number of high profile racecourses.
The biggest of these by some distance is Cheltenham Racecourse, home of the Cheltenham Festival and the venue for some of the biggest National Hunt Races in the country, including the world renowned Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Other racecourses are more modest in size, but still offer top quality facilities and high quality racing within a stone’s throw of Tyre Hill Stables and the other trainers located here.
We therefore have profiles of:
- Warwick Racecourse
- Salisbury Racecourse
- Stratford Upon Avon Racecourse
- Bath Racecourse
- Worcester Racecourse
All of the articles in this site contain links to further materials and information as and when relevant, but there also a few key bodies and organisation that anyone with an interest in thoroughbred racehorse training, or horseracing in general, be that in the Cotswolds or beyond, should take a look at. We therefore recommend readers to consider looking at:
- Racehorse Owners Association – the representative body for all racehorse owners. Visit their informative website at racehorseowners.net
- British Horseracing Authority – the body responsible for horse racing in the UK – full details of all aspects of horse racing in the UK can be found at britishhorseracing.com
- National Trainers Federation – Membership body for all licensed trainers. Their website, containing a database of all UK-based trainers can be found at racehorsetrainers.org
- UK Net Guide – This all round popular site has all the daily UK horse races with race tips for those of you who want to keep up with action, there is also a section on watching horse racing live on your PC, laptop or phone see uknetguide.co.uk/Sports/
The Thoroughbred Breeders Association – Supporting stud farms and breeding programmes across the UK, the association website, which contains details of all aspects of thoroughbred racehorse breeding can be found at www.thetba.co.uk