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Highlander Training Center

Jeff Hooper
(903) 485-8440
(903) 485-8446
5247 TX Hwy 19 S
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
United States
Additional Contacts: 
Contact Name: 
Dee O’Brien, Office Manager
Contact Name: 
Jimmy “Scooter” Dodwell, Trainer
(903) 450-7153
About Us: 


Highlander Training Center is a premier thoroughbred training facility known throughout the industry for uncompromising standards in training and caring for our horses and where our clients, suppliers and team members are treated with dignity and respect.


Highlander Training Center rests on 189 acres in Hopkins County near Sulphur Springs, Texas. It is approximately 1 hour east of Dallas. Highlander was founded on the core principle of forging champions. The combined 80 years of experience among the Highlander trainers have produced over 300 stakes winners over the past 30 years. Highlander Training Center sits within easy shipping distance of nine major racetracks, and plans to expand its facilities to allow for full equine therapy rehabilitation services in 2020. At Highlander Training Center, we strive to produce winning horses through meticulous horsemanship, carefully balanced nutrition, complete veterinary care, and attention to detail. In 2021 an equine fitness and therapy center will be added, as well as 16 additional stalls.


Jimmy “Scooter” Dodwell co-founded Highlander Training Center in July of 2017. He immediately began bringing together a skilled team of riders, grooms, and trainers to offer the highest level of horsemanship in developing each individual horse.

For 17 years, Scooter worked with his father, Ed, breaking and training thoroughbreds at Diamond D Ranch. When Ed retired, Scooter assumed his duties as head trainer, which he carried out for 13 years before creating Highlander Training Center. Over the past 30 years, Scooter has developed horses who have won over 300 stakes races, including 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra.

Facility Details

Facility Type: 
Private Training Facility (Accepts boarders, no outside trainers)
Track Details: 
Sandy surface, groomed daily
Stalls On Grounds: 

Facility Features

Starting Gate
Lay Up Care/Rehab


Round Pen
Open Gallops