Jonathan E. Sheppard
Sheppard came to the United States in 1961 and in 1966 won his first race with Haffaday in a steeplechase event at My Lady's Manor, Maryland. In 1973 he won his first earnings championship in steeplechase racing. He went on to win the earnings title another twenty-three times. He has trained the winner of four Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase and holds the record for most wins in the Colonial Cup Steeplechase with eleven. Sheppard is the only trainer to win the American steeplechase Triple Crown, doing it with Flatterer, the only horse to win the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Steeplechase horse four years in a row.
In addition to steeplechase racing, Jonathan Sheppard has met with considerable success in flat racing. In both venues, he has had a long working relationship with stable owner, George W. Strawbridge, Jr. and in 2008 he conditioned Strawbridge's filly Forever Together to victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
In 1990, he was inducted in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
In 2008, Sheppard joined fellow Hall of Famee inductee Sidney Watters, Jr. as the only men in American racing to have trained a champion over both jumps and on the flat. In all, Sheppard's horses have won eleven Eclipse Awards:
- Athenian Idol (1973)
- Cafe Prince (1977, 1978)
- Martie's Anger (1979)
- Flatterer (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986)
- Jimmy Lorenzo (1988)
- Highland Bud (1989)
- Forever Together (2008)