Glenn Thornton

Glenn was born in Terang Victoria, the youngest of 5 children leaving home at 15 years of age to serve his apprenticeship with Jim Moloney.

Unfortunately weight issues restricted opportunities however there were a number of winners with the biggest influences in Glenn's ridding career being made by jockey and trainer Pat Hyland.

Glenn shifted his focus from riding to working with horses learning his craft from Jim Moloney and in later years with Jim and John Moloney. Together they travelled many horses interstate successfully where he gained a wealth of experience and knowledge before a move to work with trainer John Meagher.

It was not long before Glenn's ambition saw him obtain his own owner/trainers licence returning to the family farm at Ecklin (near Terang) in the Western District. From there Glenn bred and trained his first horse called “Sky Buster” who went on to win 9 races.

As his training business began to evolve Glenn together with his wife Wendy bought and moved to a small property in Ballarat training from the Ballarat Racecourse. After 5 years Glenn decided that he needed more room and an opportunity arose to purchase “Buster Lodge” at Modewarre Victoria.

From this 150 acre private training facility Glenn's training career is now well established with in excess of 20 years experience and a focus on training a boutique stable of horses (average of 12 horses in work at any time) so that they may receive the best of attention with plenty of room in a relaxed environment and the full support of his family.

From the farm Glenn has now relocated on course at Colac and now has the best of both worlds.  Whilst still being able to enjoy the country environment the horses have access to three training tracks, swimming pool, horse walker and the luxury of a paddock during the day and a yard or box at night.

Glenn has been married to wife, Wendy for 20 years and together they have three children. Damien and Boris who are both Senior Jockey's and Stephanie (4th year apprentice jockey). All three children have worked in the stables over the years and competed regularly in the equestrian world of eventing on re-trained thoroughbreds.

Buster Lodge Facilities (Colac):

  • 20  Stable/Box complex
  • 16 Walk In/Walk Out yards
  • 18 Training Paddocks
  • 8 Horse Walker
  • Swimming Pool
  • Sand Roll
  • Sand Track
  • Dirt Track
  • Steeple Grass Track
  • Course Proper