Tim Vaughan

  • In his younger days Tim was a keen and successful showjumper appearing at the Horse of the Year Show and representing his country. 
  • He then turned his attention to Point-to-Points where he was twice Champion and rode in the Foxhunters at Aintree.
  • Following a degree at Glamorgan University, Tim then became a qualified Chartered Surveyor and worked for 4 years in that industry before natural passion for the sport led to him starting to train in 2007/08 when he had 14 winners at a strike rate of 23%. 
  • With 55 winners in 2008/09 Tim was making giant strides up the trainers ladder, finishing 22nd in the trainers list.  2009/10 saw further amazing progress to 88 winners and the top 10 trainers in the Country.  
  • In 2010/11 Jumps season Tim had 91 winners, including a spell at the top of the trainers list in 2010 to complete his meteoric rise, without the backing of huge sums of money or a string of wealthy owners. In the 2011/12 Jumps season, Tim led the trainers table for quite a long time and finished with 102 winners.
  • Tim trains at Aberthin, near Cowbridge, in between Cardiff and Swansea, in 300 acres of beautiful and tranquil South Wales countryside, a setting which Tim feels is perfect for the training and exercise of horses.
  • He uses American style barns and has 81 large and airy boxes, with automatic water systems and CCTV monitoring.
  • Tim’s wife, Abbi, also has a background steeped in horses and, when not helping Tim, runs her own Point-to-Point yard, sending out 5 winners from 12 runners in 2010.
  • Rhys Hughes is assistant trainer having initially joined as head lad.  Rhys is also currently the Welsh Point-to-Point Champion.  Carole David is Tim’s PA, Craig Messenger is Head Lad, Mark Jones Travelling Head Lad and Andrea Kelly Head Lass.
  • Early horses included Helen’s Vision, Tim’s first listed winner, and Ski Sunday, 2nd at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals.  More recently Beshabar won the Scottish Grand National and Saint Are won at the Aintree Festival.

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