Shaun Dwyer has been training thoroughbred racehorses since his teenage years in Mackay, North Queensland.
In 1995 he moved to Sydney and worked with Tommy Smith and Gai Waterhouse as a leading hand for six months before leaving to become Foreman with Bart Cummings at Leilani Lodge in February 1996. Shaun remained with Cummings for two years before returning to Queensland in 1998 where he trained in Toowoomba for six years. It was there he first tasted Group 3 success with the Semipalatinsk mare Kazakh Belle. During this time he selected, bought and trained dual Group 1 and Magic Millions winner 'Regimental Gal' winner of 1.6 million in prize money and eventually sold to stud for $800K.
Horses of the caliber of Kazakh Belle, Regimental Gal, Crianca, Don't Tell Clang, Lamond, Pacific Dancer, Prince Hal, Revolutions, Just Polite, Rash Promise, Dutch Harry, Rule Of Engagement and Noodle Night are just some who have placed or won at Group level providing the stable with black type performers in four states (Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia).
In 2003 Shaun was Queensland Trainer of the Year and also received the Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profile of Racing in Queensland.
The stable has been consistently in the top five places on the Brisbane Metropolitan Premiership and in 2006/07 won the Ipswich Trainers Premiership.
In 2009 Shaun moved his stable to Victoria and Dwyer Thoroughbred Racing today is based at the Bendigo Jockey Club ("The Nursery of Champions"), in Central Victoria.
Shaun was a keen rugby league player in his youth and is still a big sports fan, particularly of the Bronco's rugby league side. Of his 5 children 4 have, so far, followed him into racing. Son Les is the Resident Farrier at the famed Waikato Stud in New Zealand, daughter Meg worked for the stable in Toowoomba and Brisbane and Shaun Jnr was hands on at the stable in Bendigo before a recent stint as Assistant Stallion Manager at Waikato Stud in NZ. Daughter Sally rides trackwork and attends the races when she is not at La Trobe University in Bendigo completing a teaching degree.