Michael W. Dickinson
Dickinson got his trainer's license in 1980, taking over his parents' stables. He trained at Dunkeswick near Harewood in Yorkshire and was the Champion Trainer of National Hunt racing for three years in England. Two of his formative years were spent under the tutelage of Vincent O'Brien, the legendary Irish trainer who was master of Ballydoyle, the training center in County Tipperary.
Michael Dickinson is perhaps most famous for his extraordinary feat of training the first five in the 1983 Cheltenham Gold Cup. In order: Bregawn, Captain John, Wayward Lad, Silver Buck, and Ashley House. The BBC has an interesting account of Dickinson's Famous Five. He also trained a record 12 winners on Boxing Day in 1982. Both of which are in the Guinness Book of World Records. He has three other further world records noted in the Guinness Book of World Records.
In 1993, he was elected to the British Steeplechasing Hall of Fame and inducted on its opening in 1994.
On 13 November 2007, Michael Dickinson announced that he will not apply for a trainer's license in 2008 in order to devote his time to his business of synthetic racetrack surfacing known as Tapeta Footings.
- November 13, 2007 Sporting Life story and profile on Michael Dickinson titled Dickinson Ends Training Career