Tim & Laura Tobin
Owners - Tobin Stables
Tim and Laura founded Tobin Stables in 2019 which is based out of New Richmond, Wisconsin; Forty-Five minutes east of the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. They reside on a small horse farm along with their two children, Henri (4) and Jack (1).
Tim and Laura were born and raised in Minnesota; Tim in Shoreview (Northern Suburb) and Laura in New Hope (Western Suburb). Tim joined the Army after high school and attended Missouri State University once his military obligations where completed. Laura attended Mankato State University directly out of high school.
Tim has been involved with Thoroughbred Horse Racing since the day he was born. His grandparents were owners for many years, racing primarily at what was then known as Canterbury Downs in Shakopee, Minnesota. During this time, Tim was always involved with horses whether it be at his grandparent’s farm or at the track when one of their horses were racing. There was an immediate connection with not only the sport but as well as the animal, that would continue to grow throughout Tim’s life.
Tim and Laura started Tobin Stables to continue the family tradition of racing. In the short time of establishing Tobin Stables, it has evolved into more than a hobby. Tim and Laura’s main objective has and always will be to own and race thoroughbreds. However, It has also become a way for them to introduce, promote and educate people about the sport by offering partnerships. Tim and Laura believe in order for what is known as “The Sport of Kings” to grow, it is best accomplished by making the opportunity of ownership achievable. Through these partnerships, it opens the doors to fall in love with not only the sport but also with these magnificent athletes.
Kerri was born in Fergus, Ontario, Canada where she fell in love with horses the day she was born. As a child she would seek out any farm she could find that had horses and pestered the owners to allow her to work with them. As a child she always knew she wanted to be involved with horses and go fast.
She started her equine career in showing and jumping and eventually went to the Jockey and Exercise Rider Course at Humber College in Toronto. After completing college Kerri galloped for trainers Paul Buttigieg, Mac Benson, and George Rusty Arnold II, where she learned hands-on about thoroughbred horse racing.
While living in France and Holland, Kerri took up competing in Endurance riding, eventually training horses for Faisal El Seddiq Al Mutawa and Shielch El Nayan. During this time Kerri also rode for team Canada during the World Equestrian Games in Spain.
Upon her arrival back home, Kerri got the racing bug again and was an assistant trainer for a couple of the bigger barns based out of Canada.
In 2012 Kerri made the decision to begin training on her own. Her first start as a trainer came at Hastings Park in Vancouver, accumulating 4 wins in 31 starts and a Thirty-Two percent in the money average. Since then, she has run horses at Turf Paradise, Del Mar, Los Alamitos, Will Rogers, Northlands Park, Century Downs, Sunland, Keeneland, Canterbury Park, Mountaineer and Tampa Downs. Kerri has had the success she has by being hands on with all her horses through galloping and working them herself as much as she can, as well as keeping a smaller, quality barn. Kerris stats speak for her with a career average of Forty-One percent in the money.
Since 2020 Kerri has planted her roots and established her barns at Canterbury Park during the summer and Tampa Downs during the winter.
James (Jamie) Bentley Begg
Born in 1987 in King City, ON, Canada, Jamie grew up a competent horseman in many disciplines, including polo. Third generation horseman, he got his start in the Thoroughbred industry in the breeding and sales side of the business. A graduate of the prestigious Irish National Stud breeding course, he is the breeder of multiple stakes horses and was previously the owner of Kingstead Stables, a full-service Thoroughbred farm and bloodstock operation. He left that side of the industry to focus on a career in training. He honed his skills under the tutelage of Hall of Fame racehorse trainers Roger Attfield and Mark Casse.
In the 6 years working under Casse, he ran strings in Kentucky, Florida, and New York as an assistant trainer. He was personally responsible for the day-to-day training of notable G1 winners, including Sovereign Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse, Belmont Stakes winner Sir Winston, track record-setting Got Stormy and Perfect Alibi. Now, he has started his own Thoroughbred training operation.