John Gleason


John Gleason

General Manager of Racing & Training

I kindly request calls wait until after training hours (6:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) are completed.


Work Experience:
Farm Trainer - July 2013 - Present

Farm Manager/Asst. Trainer at Woodside Ranch (Bryan and Holly Rice)

Fort McCoy, FL 2001-2013

Farm Manager/Trainer Glen Ridge Farm, Citra, FL 1992-2001


About me:
I grew up showing halter and western pleasure horses. In my early twenties I switched over to thoroughbreds when I went to work at Glen Ridge Farm. There I managed and prepared yearlings and two year olds for the sales. In 2001 I took a position with Woodside Ranch, owned by Bryan and Holly Rice, where I learned how to be really organized and plan in order to train a large number of high quality horses. During that time I was able to break and train horses for the sales and for racing outfits like Bob and Beverly Lewis, JMS Stable and Overbrook Farm, among others.

At Woodford I am responsible for the breaking and training of the horses pointing to a two-year old in training sale as well as those headed to the races. I am hands on thru the entire process from day one. I also oversee the care for layups who come to us needing a break from the racetrack. The training center has plenty of turnout paddocks for these types of horses as well as the ability to swim horses on site. These options along with our turf gallop are great tools for resting an older horse, or getting a horse fit coming back from an injury. The training barns quiet down during the summer as most of the two-year olds head off to their respective racetrack trainers. During this time we move our sales prep yearlings into the training barns where I manage their final sales preparations.

My wife Marybeth and I have four sons, Tyler, Brian, Connor and Dylan. I enjoy going to the beach and watching football with my family.