Tim was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, in 1968 on November 3rd. Evansville is across the Ohio River from Henderson, Kentucky, home of Ellis Park. He graduated from Harrison High School in 1987 and went to Indiana University. In 1992, he graduated from Indiana University and taught school in Illinois for 2 years. Unhappy with his career, he decided to make a change, but was unsure where he life was going. In his youth, he spent many summer days watching the races at Ellis Park, but had never really thought about a career in the racing industry until Tim saw a commercial for Taylor Made Farm and it's internship program during the Kentucky Derby in 1995. He applied immediately with the intent on learning the industry from the ground up in order to achieve his dream of one day being a trainer and having his own Derby horse.
After graduating from Taylor Made Farm's internship program, Tim started as a hot walker for trainer Robert Holthus at Churchill Downs. He was a quick study and found himself grooming horses that winter. His first win as a groom soon followed with Sooner Wish which paid almost $140 to win. That next summer at Ellis Park, Mr. Holthus asked Tim to take his assistant trainer's test and Tim was sent to Hoosier Park with 12 horses in his care that fall. After a successful first year at Hoosier Park, the following fall the Holthus Stable had the highest win percentage of trainers stabled at Hoosier Park with 35% winners. Tim was also sent to Turfway Park and Ellis Park while Mr. Holthus remained at Churchill Downs. In 2001 while at Ellis Park, the Holthus Stable finished in a tie for second in the trainer standings, only one win behind the leader. While Tim worked for Mr. Holthus, he was in charge of many nice allowance and stakes caliber horses such as The Happy Hopper, Ruby Surprise, Leslie's Lady and Kings Command. The Happy Hopper won the Indian Summer at Keeneland and the Safely Kept at Arlington and Ruby Surprise captured the Grade II Humana Distaff Handicap at Churchill. Those are just a few of his stakes victories while working at The Holthus Stable.
In 2002, Tim accepted the assistant trainer position with Cole Norman who is stabled in the Southwest circuit. Tim wanted to gain more exposure of the claiming end of racing. In 2002, the Norman Stable saddled 266 winners and were ranked third overall for wins in that year and in 2003 they were ranked third again, this time with 290 winners. After two years with Norman, Tim returned to Kentucky to start his own training career.
Tim still maintained a close relationship with Mr. Holthusun til his passing in the fall of 2011, by training his overflow and getting two year-olds ready for the races. Tim helped get the Arkansas Derby winner, Lawyer Ron, into his winning ways. Ron was stabled with Glyshaw for most of his two year old year.
From his beginning at one of the nations most respected farms to his teachings under Robert Holthus, a man with more than 50 years of training experience, to his stint in a claiming stable, Tim has seen all aspects of the racing world. His philosophy has always been that the horses come first. "If you take care of them; they'll take care of you."
Natalie Ardoin Glyshaw
Tim's wife, Natalie Ardoin, has pure racetrack blood pumping through her body. Just about everyone on both sides of her family has worked at the racetrack. Most notable is her father, Ronald Ardoin. He was a jockey for thirty plus years capturing 5,226 victories. He won riding titles at Louisiana Downs, Lone Star Park, Evangeline Downs and the Fair Grounds where he is a member of their Hall of Fame. Natalie gradauted high school from Haughton High School in Haughton, Louisiana, and then attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. The race track came calling after that. She was the track photographer for Reed Palmer Photography at Lousiana Downs, at Lone Star Park, at Ellis Park and now at Churchill Downs. She worked as an assistant to Lou Hodges, Jr. at the Fair Grounds and freelanced for Pat Lang Photography at Keeneland and River Downs. Natalie handles all the bookwork for Glyshaw Racing Stables, as well as maintaining the web site, and being the assistant trainer.