An impressive pedigree underpins a burning desire to be the best, and with impressive facilities at his disposal at Haygarth House Stud, the ability to train winners was always a formality. Scott has been around horses all his life and enjoyed success at the highest level in other equine pursuits as a youngster. His mother Yvette - "a fantastic horsewoman" quoted Simon Mapletoft - runs the stud at Haygarth House and has bred a string of winners including Dewhurst Stake’s hero Milk It Mick. Yvette is now a council member of the ROA and ROR trustee. Father Paul was Chairman of the Horseman's Group and President of the ROA. The families familiar blue and pink silks have graced many winners nationally and internationally.
Scott, 30 , gained his licence at the end of December 2011 after cutting his teeth working in the family stud farm and then working his way up through the ranks to become assistant trainer to Jeremy Glover and the late David Nicholls "I learned such a lot from working with excellent trainers," he says. "The experience I gained was invaluable."
Scott has been attracting owners and breeders, who have all been keen to use the fabulous skills and facilities available to them. Scott is always receptive to new owners "My aim is to continue to build up the business - attracting new owners, syndicates and groups and we always have room for new horses," he adds.
Trainer - Scott Dixon
From a very early age I have been around horses and ponies and spent the majority of my childhood on horseback, whether that be in the show ring, hunting or riding in the fields bareback. I always knew I wanted to do something in the equine industry. In my teens I dreamed of becoming a professional jockey. That in hindsight would be pretty wishful thinking for anyone who has seen my 6.4 father would confirm. With that dream no longer a possibility I set myself out to become a racehorse trainer whether it took 10 years or 50 years.
I was always taken by the glamorous 'sport of kings' and was lucky to be around some great trainers. I worked with trainers such as Mark Polglase, Jeremy Glover, Alan MCcabe and David Nicholls. The knowledge I garnered in that time has and will continue to stand me in good stead. We have always had first class facilities at Haygarth House and when the opportunity arose to take over the licence in 2011 I naturally jumped at the chance.
Our first year was certainly a successful one, and the team did a great job in improving many of the yards older handicappers. We have had great success at some of the finest tracks around the country including Ascot and Epsom where we had the highest strike rate in the country. We are always looking towards improving season upon season and I am confident that with our fantastic team of staff, great stable of horses and dedicated owners we can improve year upon year.