Michael Dickinson: how I plan to make a better life for my horses
On September 10 Thoroughbred Racing Commentary published an interview with Michael Dickinson regarding his reasons for retirement and why he has decided to return to training racehorses:
Legend is a sad word, virtually stripped of its original meaning and since rendered almost meaningless by repeated abuse. But, if it can still be usefully applied to anyone in racing, it has to be used to describe Michael Dickinson.
A champion amateur jump jockey, he became arguably the most successful British trainer in the history of jump racing, setting incredible records that are unlikely ever to be broken. Transferring to the flat, and then to the U.S.A., he established another extraordinary reputation before retiring from training in 2007 to concentrate on the production of an entirely new racing surface, Tapeta, named after Tapeta Farm, his property near the shores of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
This summer he startled the racing world yet again with the announcement that he will return to training at Tapeta at the age of 65 after a retirement that’s lasted less than eight years.
Read the full interview here.