I grew up with horses but didn't go to the track until after high school when I started riding quarter horses at the bush tracks in Montana and Wyoming. I started riding Thoroughbreds in California then on to Turf Paradise in Phoenix. In 1992 I became the first and only female to earn the leading rider title. In 2008 I retired from riding and started training. The first horse I trained for North American Thoroughbred Racing Co. was Taylors Deal in 2011 where we won the Lost In The Fog stake at Turf Paradise then on to win the Turf Paradise Derby. Two years later I went to California and worked for Glen full time, and also had the pleasure of being assistant to Troy Taylor. The past couple of years have been spent between Emerald Downs and Turf Paradise.
Glen's history in the horse racing game can be traced back to the moment his parents met at Hastings Park in 1939. "There's a lot of history of it in my family," says Glen, who is best known outside of the Thoroughbred racing circuit as the founder of the annual Canada Cup International Womens' Fastpitch tourney at Softball City. He was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 for his long-time involvement with softball also the Softball BC Hall of Fame, the Softball Canada Hall of Fame, the World Baseball Hall of Fame and the BC Thoroughbred Hall of Fame.
Glen's favourite childhood pastime was attending races with his father. Any opportunity he had to be around Thoroughbred horses, and the people who work with them, was considered an education in how to recognize what makes a horse a frontrunner. Glen took that accumulated knowledge and, over the years, has turned it into an impressive talent for discerning a potential winner when he sees one.
Since the retirement of Troy Taylor, beloved Hastings Racecourse fixture and longtime trainer of Glen's horses, Glen has taken over training his stable of Thoroughbreds. As he says: "There isn't a bigger thrill in the world than your horse winning a race."
Glen opened the Derby Bar and Grill in 2008. A cozy and classy restaurant, it provides a complete off- track betting Teletheatre introducing new people to horse racing and developing the business as a whole. It offers simulcast horse racing from tracks around North America on dozens of screens, including tabletop versions. Throughout, several automated machines take bets, as does the mutual teller located at the back of the restaurant. Like a proud father, he has framed photos of his winning horses lining the hallways outside of the restaurant.