Colin first took out a licence to train under rules in 1998, and the 28 years to follow amassed huge success on the racecourse, as well as a flourishing yard at home that grew in size and strength. The turn of the 2022-23 season saw Colin hand the reins over to Joe to proceed as trainer, however this brings with it little change. Throughout the years, the success enjoyed is a result of the hard work and dedication of the whole Tizzard family, all of whom have dedicated their lives to optimizing the training of racehorses to compete at the highest level.
In May 2020 the family suffered a tragic loss when Colin's daughter Kim, sadly passed away after a short battle with cancer. Kim's role within the yard was pinnacle for ensuring no stone was left unturned, and much of the success is owed to her, and her relentless hard work and commitment. Kim lived and breathed racing, and so it remains very important to us that we continue with her drive and ambition to continue reaching the same heights.
The yard has had to adjust to the loss of Kim, but it remains a family run set up that thrives off the years of experience and knowledge of both Colin and Joe. Joe's earlier career as jockey, and later on his partnership and success within the training aspect has allowed for a very smooth hand over, with Colin never far away to offer any words of wisdom.
We owe great thanks to all of our owners for their support over the years, we have been fortunate enough to amass a fantastic team of like-minded people with whom we've enjoyed great days together. It is very important to us that our owners have lots of fun along the way, and feel the thrill of racehorse ownership. We encourage regular visits to the yard to watch horses work and school, and to get to know their horses at home. Our annual owners day is a very popular event that is geared up to allow our owners to get together and enjoy a relaxed yet fun filled day, with a parade of horses, great food and some evening entertainment.
Our purpose built training facility lends itself perfectly to optimizing fitness whilst allowing horses to remain relaxed and happy throughout their training. Large airy barns, an idyllic location and easy access to facilities are just a few factors that allow us to get the best from each horse. Alongside this, we have a great team of staff that have a genuine love of horses, and enjoy seeing them progress and win as much as we do. For more information of the facilities we have to offer please click HERE.
Joe enjoyed a very successful jockey career for 18 years before retiring from the saddle in 2014. His early years saw him achieve champion conditional when teaming up with Paul Nicholls in the 1998/99 season, after which he remained stable jockey before basing himself back at home to ride for his father. Having amassed 700 winners Joe retired as jockey to focus on assisting Colin with the day to day training.
Joe now spearheads the operation at Spurles Stables and has hit the ground running with a small team of summer jumpers amassing a record number of winners for the time of year.