Starting out as a farmer in Dorset, Colin Tizzard delved into his passion for horse racing by transforming part of his successful dairy farm into a professional horse stable. He was born and raised at Venn Farm Stable, where he grew up with experience of fishing, shooting, hunting, and an interest in horse racing. This led him to becoming a member of The Pony Club, seeing early successes as an amateur jockey. Colin Tizzard’s career as a professional horse trainer got underway in 1995, training two horses for his son to ride, and starting in a positive light as he saw eight wins in his opening season.
After three years of balancing dairy farming and professional horse training, Colin Tizzard took out a full license with ten horses at Venn Farm Stable. Joe Tizzard has continued to involve himself in his father’s career, working as a jockey with ninety-one wins under his belt before retiring in 2014 to become Colin Tizzard’s assistant. Most horse racing pundits assumed that Colin Tizzard would have to close his dairy farm in order to see genuine glory as a professional horse trainer, but he’s been able to maintain both businesses, finding success in each, with enough organisation to keep both ventures running smoothly.