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Hotton Stable: more than just your average trainer

01:34 AM 22 Aug 2014 NZST
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When or if you ever do a search for a harness racing trainer on-line, you get a slim pickings of people to check out. Mainly people seek out friends in the industry who will recommend people or you can go to a horsemen’s association and ask who they might recommend.

But there is one person who has made a big impact with her stable both online and via the social media’s and that is Dee Hotton.

Deirdre Hotton founded, owns, and manages the Dee Hotton Stable. She has been involved in harness racing for over 25 years. Dee dreamed of training horses from a very young age after driving harness horses in Ohio matinee races while in her teens.

After graduating from college she made that dream a reality by establishing the Dee Hotton Stable. She loves the sport of harness racing and wants to enable horse racing enthusiasts the chance to become a part of this great sport through horse ownership or affordable and economical racehorse partnerships.

After getting up early in the morning for training duties or setting out for the races, Dee makes sure to update her website so her owners and those interested in hiring her to train their horses, can see what is taking place. They can see how each horse has been performing via videos of the races and updates.

Dee explains that she has worked hard over her career and has learned what she feels is the best way to achieve good results through a variety of services for her owners.

“I offer a full range of professional racehorse training services to horse owners,” say Dee. “This includes yearling inspection and consultation, yearling breaking, stakes horses, aged racehorse preparation, claiming racehorses, and horse conditioning.

“Horses in my stable get individual attention,” Dee added, “As I am very much a ‘hands-on’ trainer. I keep my stable at a moderate size so that horses and their owners never become just another number in my barn. Each horse is given every opportunity to succeed with individual attention, good feed, and quality care.”

Dee explained how she mixes up her training style.

“My racehorse conditioning methods are a combination of old-school foundation miles and modern-day interval training, Dee explained, “It is my philosophy on race drivers to hire the best professional catch driver available at each track. However, I may drive a young inexperienced horse the first few times to see if any equipment adjustments need to be made before heading out for the race season.”

Over the year’s Dee had done very well in developing her public stable. Her UDRS as a trainer (battling average like in baseball) is on her website but currently she is at a very impressive .382. Over the past five years she has been averaging between a low of .344 and a high in 2010 of .401.

“I am really proud this year,” Dee said, “About the six yearlings I had at Pinehurst this winter. Every one of them has made it to the races!”

There are no hidden costs in the Dee Hotton Stable as everything is right on her website to check out. From training costs at her training center in Ohio to winter training at Pinehurst Training Center in North Carolina, it is all spelled out.

And Dee Hotton takes it one step further for new owners who do not want to jump in hook, line and sinker with their first horse. She has special partnerships that can offer someone the power to share the financial risks associated with racehorse ownership. By pooling your money with other partners you enhance your purchasing power and give yourself the capability of obtaining higher quality racing stock. You can participate as much, or as little, as you want to.

The most impressive part is that Dee Hotton has taken the time to spell it all out on her website. Not many other stables have or do that and it is refreshing to see someone who has dedicated their life to harness racing and has made it so easy for someone new to get into the sport as much as they want.

For more information just go to and check it all out. Dee has it all laid out in easy to read and find format plus her phone numbers are available if you want to call and chat with her about getting into the business.

By Steve Wolf, for

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