Michael Ann Ewing
Michael Ann Ewing was born with a passion for horses and a drive to compete that remains with her today. She has a long and varied history with equines, beginning with pony club at the age of 6 and continuing today with her career training thoroughbred race horses.
Over the years, Michael’s experience with horses has successfully covered numerous disciplines in the show arena, where she has won a variety of regional, state and world championship titles.
An initial foray into thoroughbred race horse ownership began in 2000 resulting in an end to Michael’s show career and the beginning of a new life at the race track. Since her competitive streak meant she could never be a passive owner, Michael quickly began spending every day at the race track on the backside, working in the barn to learn all aspects of thoroughbred racing and race horses. She worked as an assistant trainer for Bob Hess, Jr., running his barns at both Hollywood Park and Santa Anita, as well as establishing barns at Keeneland, Churchill Downs and Monmouth Park. Michael began training under her own name in October, 2010.
Michael has a dual perspective of race horse ownership. As both an owner and a trainer, she is sensitive to her clients’ needs for open and honest communication and the balance between doing the best for every horse while managing expenses effectively. She is a “hands on” trainer who loves the challenge of developing each horse to its greatest potential. Michael’s small yet competitive barn allows her to pay great attention to detail while gaining a thorough knowledge of each of the horses under her care.
Typically, Michael’s training operation winters in Southern California while running at Santa Anita. The barn moves to Lexington, Kentucky for Keeneland’s Spring Meet and remains based in Kentucky until after Keeneland’s Fall Meet. From Lexington, Michael is able to consider races from a variety of tracks within an easy shipping distance. Further, her training operation in Lexington has access to amenities not found at city race tracks, such as a swimming pool, grass paddocks and grass gallops.
Michael is rapidly developing a reputation as a sharp horsewoman with horses that are ready to fire at first asking.
Michael studied Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, and then graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Business Administration with a degree in Finance. She is married to Jim, President and CEO of Bantry Holdings, Inc., a real estate investment and management company. They have one son, Christopher.
Michael strongly believes that developing good horses is a team effort. She is capably assisted by Thomas Dubaele, who joined her in November of 2013.
Thomas is a native of Paris, France and attended the French Jockey School, graduating in and 2001. Thomas brings a unique "European" perspective to riding and training, and is a a great asset to Michael's team. He loves the day-to-day interaction with horses and owners, and believes each horse should be cared for based on their distinctive personalities and abilities.