Glenn Thompson was born in May of 1961 and was raised in Aiken, SC. He has an older brother, Stewart, and a younger sister, Julia. Glenn’s father, J. Willard Thompson, was a steeplechase jockey turned trainer and has held numerous training titles in New Jersey. Glenn’s mother, Dorothy M. Thompson, also loved horses and over the years had many talented show horses as well as some nice race horses. His stepmother, Carol Hoffman Thompson, was on the Olympic team in 1968 with the jumpers. Glenn attended the Aiken Preparatory School and was fortunate to be there when a team of outstanding faculty was at the helm. Mr. Harold A. Fletcher, Mr. Robert J. Harrington, Mr. Richard Hendry and Mr. Scott Lacher all had a strong influence on his life and values. After escaping school Glenn pursued his life-long dream and started training racehorses. He has been training for over 30 years and has trained up and down the East coast. Glenn is blessed with good horses, good friends, great clients, and good times. His beautiful wife Lisa, rides and trains dressage horses and together they brought Makenzie Thompson into this world. She is the apple of Glenn’s eye and 15 months old. He also has a son who loves horses, J. Parker Thompson, who is 28 and from a previous wife. Glenn loves training horses and remembers that team of faculty from 35 years ago telling him he had a gift for writing.
The Tradition of Cheating at the Sport of Kingsby Glenn Thompson
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Most race horses, despite strict regulations prohibiting it, are given illegal drugs on race day. Many of these are performance enhancement drugs that affect not only the race, but the thousands of dollars at stake. Glenn Thompson, a race horse trainer with over 30 years of experience, reveals the darkest secrets behind the scenes of the Sport of Kings. By shining a light on these secrets, he hopes to change the pattern and return decency and honor to horse racing. Learn how over 85% of thoroughbred trainers give illegal drugs and how top racing officials turn a blind eye. Learn how jockeys are seriously injured and the champion horse George Washington was put down when safety protocols were not followed. The secrets behind the tradition of cheating will both shock and amaze you.
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As a veterinarian, I have been exposed to my share of abuse in the equine industry, ranging from illegal drugs to just plain cruelty. Unfortunately, many of these issues are often times swept under the carpet and ignored, often times leaving the horse to suffer and creating an unfair playing field. Many equine disciplines, racing included, are under much scrutiny lately regarding illegal drug use or abuse and it is about time that the truth is revealed to the public as to what really goes on. Glenn does an excellent job as an author, speaking from experience and from a caring heart. He needs to be commended for taking the risk of putting his neck out there for the benefit of the industry and the horse! Nice job, Glenn! We have your back!
Wow! I had no idea what really goes on behind the scenes of racing. Kudos to Glenn Thompson for having the courage to come forward and address these inhumane and illegal practices. It's sad to think so many are turing a blind eye within the industry. Hopefully this book will help bring about awareness and bring integrity back to the sport.
I enjoyed the book and it was very informative. I knew their were drugs in racing but not to that extent. It amazes me that there is so much of this going on, so many people seem to know about it and yet nothing is done. I am glad someone had the courage to speak up and be a voice for the horses. I saw the Breeders Cup when that horse had to be put down, it is sad to think an offical who everyone trusts to make the right decision did not. Hopefully with more attention being brought to this matter things will improve.
Glenn is a great horseman and gifted writer. The fact that he is brave enough to share this information with the public is rare and Lord knows some folks are going to be all fired up over it. I grew up in the horse world myself and had dreams of becoming a trainer too... Until I realized just how tough the business really is. What saddens me most is it's the horses who pay the most. I don't know how to fix these problems but identifying them is a good start. Equine drug abuse is out of control...and it needs to be stopped. Trainers who knowingly run lame horses need to be stopped. If we could get the horses before they break down and keep people in an already dangerous sport a little safer it would be fantastic. What ever happened to good horsemanship? What about sportsmanship? Great read and it's about time someone stood up and said something! I'm sure it will take some time for this to be cleaned up...Thanks for speaking up!
Fantastic, well written, truthful book. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in horses. It is not degrading of the industry just thoughtful giving a different perspective. As a State Vet I can tell you that most of the trainers love their horses and take very good care of them. Better than show horses. However, as the book states, they have difficulty competing in this industry unless you cheat. This is what needs to stop. Like body building, we need “Natural” racing. It really opened my eyes to the cases where medications would really help the horse, others that are just wrong. This is a great book. I highly recommend it.