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Otaki venue changes – July & August
12 Jul 2013

Otaki venue changes – July & August



The Levin Racing Club Ryder Stakes meeting on Saturday 27 July will be transferred to Awapuni following an inspection of the Otaki track on Wednesday by NZTR Venue Inspector Gary Foskett and Otaki Club officials.


The venue change has been approved by NZTR in consultation with the NZ Trainers Association, the NZ Jockeys Association and the New Zealand Racing Board. Garry Foskett this week advised the Club that it was prudent to allow the track further time to recover, before the section of the track where the work had been undertaken was tested ahead of any racemeetings being conducted. The Clubs agreed that both the Levin RC meeting to be held on 27 July and Otaki-Maori RC meeting on Saturday 18 August would be transferred to other venues within the RACE Group.


Remedial drainage work was undertaken in May at Otaki from the winning post and around the bottom turn. While this work was completed on schedule. While the track itself is in good order and the new drainage work has addressed the issue of surface water collecting in the area around the bottom bend, there has been insufficient grass growth above a number of the 60 new lateral drains at this time to risk conducting a racemeeting at the venue. The Club will be conducting supervised gallops and/or jumpouts on the course proper before racing can resume.


The Levin RC meeting on Saturday 27 July to be transferred to Awapuni features the $50,000 Listed Ryder Stakes for two year olds.  Awapuni is also running an Industry Jumps Day on the Thursday 25 July, which will proceed as planned, with the rail out 12 metres on the Thursday.   The rail will then be moved to the true position for the Saturday Levin RC meeting. The advertised programme and distances for the Levin meeting have not been changed. .

The Otaki-Maori RC feature meeting on August 18 will now be held at Trentham. There are also no changes to the advertised programme for this meeting.

13 Jun 2013

Time to look at relicensing for the new season. NZTR have advised you can do this online -

The Trainers' Association appreciate your support so please make sure you tick the box to be a member of NZTA.


01 Jun 2013


Congratulations to Davina Waddell, with Cast a Spell winning the Maiden 1200m race at Avondale on

 8th May. She is the inaugural winner of the new monthly bonus draw as she trained a maiden winner, AND is a member of the NZTA. Davina, you will be contacted by a representative from DUNSTAN who will arrange for the four bags of free DUNSTAN feed.

23 May 2013

New National President for the NZTA is Tony Pike. What a great season he has been having! Thanks Tony for taking on this role and also the NZTA would like to acknowledge David Haworth who is retiring from the position he has held for 7 years. He has done a fabulous job and we thank him for his tireless efforts.

15 May 2013


May kicked off a new monthly prize draw for members. Our wonderful sponsors, DUNSTAN will give away 4 bags of feed of your choice - that’s between 80 and up to 120kg of feed! To qualify all you have to do is train a winner of a Maiden race AND be a member of the NZ Trainers’ Association. Every month we will put the trainers’ names in a hat and the winner will be contacted – they can choose 4 bags of whatever DUNSTAN feed they would like!

24 Apr 2013

Dunstan can offer Trainers the opportunity to have Dunstan Feeds charged through your Rural Retailer of choice but delivered direct into your stables


This direct delivery service will ensure the following benefits to you:

·         Convenience – no travel required to collect feed

·         Freshness – the Dunstan Feed delivered to your Stables will be freshly made at the Dunstan feedmills which are specialised equine feed production plants

·         Competitive pricing which reflects the streamlined delivery service


When a minimum of 400kg of Dunstan product is ordered through your Rural Retailer, this can be conveniently delivered directly to your nominated stable address. 


The 400kg order can be made up of a combination of different Dunstan feeds depending on your requirements and ensures that you always receive fresh Dunstan Product. 


Direct delivered on-farm orders are competitively priced and are directed through the Trainers preferred Rural Retailer.


To enquire about this service please contact Gretel Webber on 021 557 316 or David Smith on 027 493 1580

19 Apr 2013

All NZTA members are invited to enjoy the hospitality of the Canterbury Trainers' Association at Riccarton Park on 20th April 2012. The branch is sponsoring the 1250 Open Sprint - race 5. Members should have received a luncheon voucher in the mail. Please call Brian Court if you have not received yours. 0274324820

28 Jan 2013

The Board of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) has removed the $50 (excluding GST) nomination fee from all races below rating 75 from 1 March 2013. There will be no nomination or acceptance fees for horses that nominate, accept and start in all maiden, rating 65, non-black-type two-year-old, three-year-old, four-year-old, and special conditions races.


NZTR Chairman, Matthew Goodson, stated: “Removing nomination fees from lower tier races will provide direct savings of more than $1.2 million to Owners each year.”


“This decision follows the New Zealand Racing Board’s (NZRB) very welcome announcement of an increase in its forecast profit for FY13 and a projected increase in distributions to the three Racing Codes of $135 million (from $134 million), and continues our phased new structure of racing and prizemoney, which we started in March 2012, designed to maximize field sizes for domestic and international wagering across the week, and to encourage ownership.”


Neil Oldfield, President of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Federation (NZTROF) expressed his delight and support, on behalf of owners, for this initiative: “The NZTR Board must be congratulated for following through on their stated intent to remove nomination fees for these races and to reduce owners costs, and the NZRB Board for increasing its profitability and pay-out to the industry.”


“New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has delivered on its aim, set out in its 2013-15 Business Plan, to reduce owner costs by supporting some elements of free racing.”


13 Jan 2013
Courageous staff put their lives at risk to prevent huge loss of equine life as fire encircles property.


Franco Emirate (6) took fright and refused to be loaded onto a rescue transporter. Photo / Dean Purcell
Franco Emirate (6) took fright and refused to be loaded onto a rescue transporter. Photo / Dean Purcell

The bravery of his handlers may be all that saved Harness Jewels winner Franco Emirate from perishing in Thursday's fires in Canterbury.

The outstanding pacer was one of four horses that had to seek shelter in an aqua walking machine at the property of Brian Court as the fire bore down.

The quartet of horses couldn't be moved in time as the flames encircled Court's property near Prebbleton.

"If it wasn't for my staff, led by Annabel Tilson, this could have been horrific," Court told the Herald.

"They were very brave and put their lives at risk for the sake of the horses."

Court trains thoroughbreds but also uses his property to help standardbreds rehabilitate with an aqua walker, a machine which enables the horses to work in circles up to their waist in water.

"It is like a normal walking machine for horses but dug into the ground so they can walk around in about a metre of water to increase the resistance on their legs.

"But on Thursday the horses had to shelter there as the fire passed by."

Court was at the Magic Millions sales in Australia when the fires struck and he says his staff and neighbouring horsepeople helped to avert massive loss of equine life.

"We had people in paddocks rescuing horses that were only three or four metres from the treeline fences, which were on fire."

Court says 20 of the 24 horses were evacuated with great difficulty as police restricted the handlers' movements.

"Every time somebody left with a few horses the police were reluctant to let them back in because of the risk.

"But these are horsepeople and they were never going to leave the horses behind so they eventually wore the police down."

The fire raged on both sides of Court's property, destroying paddocks, fences and trees which shelter the property.

But the already dangerous situation became more precarious when Franco Emirate took fright and refused to be loaded onto a rescue transporter.

"We couldn't leave him behind so the staff took him and three other horses and walked them around in the water to keep them cool and safe."

Eventually the fire passed without getting to the main stabling area but any horses in the outlying paddocks could easily have been lost.

"We were fortunate but a lot of that comes down to the way Annabel handled the situation and the help of so many people.

"They had a real battle but they were willing to risk their lives for the horses."

Among the other well-known pacers on the property was last season's Miracle Mile contender Raglan, the winner of over $500,000.

Court says he has plenty of neighbours whose horses have had similar scares but heard no reports of horses dying.

"A lot of people worked hard and under amazing circumstances to save horses. We had three weanlings in a neighbouring paddock and I was sure they would be dead because our people couldn't get to them.

"But somebody got to their gate and opened it so they could run free and we have got them back safe and sound now."

John Wheeler in New Years Honours List
31 Dec 2012

Congratulations to past National President of the NZTA, John Wheeler on becoming a Member of the NZ Order of Merit in the New Years Honours List. Top trainer, top bloke and always ready to put the good of the industry first. Very well deserved!

15 Oct 2012

With over half of the NZ population on Facebook, we thought it was time we joined the masses:

We will use the page to keep you up to date with news and relevant information. Also there will be regular updates with staff available for members.

Just got a few new ones through:

Keriana from Waikato - weighs 49.9kg

hello my names keriana , im 18years of age , ido not have any experience in the racing industry but iwould like to , ihave worked in stables and stuff but have always wanted to be a jockey

Grace from the UK - weighs 58kg

Im a 22 year old English girl coming over to NZ end of October. I am looking for any job with horses particularly in the Manawatu area or Hawkes Bay. I have a 2 year work visa.

Claudia from Italy - weighs 55kg

I'm Italian and at the moment I'm working at Newmarket (UK) at Green Ridge Stable as an exercise horse rider. I love horses and I wold like to go to Australia or New Zeland on winter time . I can leave at the beginning of december....


Claire from Western Australia - weighs 60kg

Having been around horses for 16 years, I have a strong passion for them - particulary in the racing field. I have worked in stables in Victoria (AUS) at both private tracks and Caulfield race course. I have ridden slow work up to evens, riding horses from yearlings and breakers through to the older horses. I have extensive ground experience and am highly capable in all aspects. My ideal aim is to gain an apprentiship.

Yeon dae Kim from Korea - weighs 60kg

I am applying for the position of full time Rider. I am a 30 years old and I am South Korean. I have been riding track work about 6 years. I graduated high school in Korea. Next I went army 2 years and next I went College 2 years in Korea. I joined and learned about horses in Singal Horse Riding Club in Korea. Next I worked as a Track rider in Busan Horse Race course for 2 years in South Korea. After i worked Danny O'brien Racing Stable about 1 year in Flemington Race Course. I have a Working holiday visa. I am staying in Auckland now and i am looking for a job now.




08 Oct 2012

NZTA will assist NZTR in a submission to the ACC, emphasizing that trainers are ensuring all current health and safety systems and practices are maintained. We also need to put efforts into improving on these to ensure our levy rates don’t increase too much in subsequent seasons. One of these could be as follows:

 First-Aid training – The NZTA recommends trainers who employ a number of staff should also look at putting employees through a basic First Aid course.  Taking this kind of action will ensure there will be someone at hand with confidence and some knowledge if there is an accident. It is also a great indicator to the ACC that our industry is being responsible and taking positive steps in the health and safety in the workplace practices. The NZTA is in the process of trying to obtain a discounted rate for members with St John and will keep you updated with progress.

24 Sep 2012


It is very clear that there is a real demand for staff after the response from our last newsletter. So, the NZTA has taken action and advertised for trackwork riders on an international web-site and we now have a substantial pool of keen applicants. The NZTR and NZTA can assist with immigration requirements. Please note – you must be a member of the NZ Trainers’ Association to utilize this service.

Here is a list with a few details (in their own words) – please let me know if you wish me to forward you their details so you can make contact:

Wendy from England

I am an all round racing person and have worked in the industry for over 20 years. I have worked as a work rider,head lass, travelling head lass and have trained as well. I am hard working and fun loving. I have worked in the middle east and England and love to travel. I am travelling to Australia on the 12th October 2012 and would be willing to travel to New Zealand for a permanent position in a racing yard. I am a great asset to any racing team.

Lizz from England

In response to your advertisement, I am looking for employment as a trackwork rider, preferably near a city and/or a beach. My CV is attached, but since finishing University, I have spent the last three years working in racing, first for Lawney Hill in England, and for the past four months for Elie Lellouche in France. I am now trying to avoid a European winter and seek a new life down under. I am looking long term, although obviously this is dependant on how things work out. I am easy going and eager to learn, and I have references available. I can be available as soon as I have a visa sorted. I also have skype if that would help an interview process. Look forward to hearing from you, Lizz

Anita  and Adam from Australia

Hi. My partner and I could be interested in coming to New Zealand sometime after Christmas. My partner Adam is interested in becoming a jumps jockey and we would consider possibly re-locating to the North Island. Prefferably to a stable where he can learn to do some more schooling and gain the experience needed to ride over the jumps. We both ride in official trials and have our picnic jockeys licenses where we ride over the summer in Victoria. I am also very keen to start an apprenticeship so a stable that could provide accommodation and take both of us would be great. We both ride anwhere from 14-25 horses each per morning for various trainers and have plenty of experience riding young horses, jumpouts, timed galllops etc. We are both 27 years old, and Adam is 174cm tall and weighs approx 63 kg. We both have the same work history as we have been together just over 4 1/2 years and never spent a day apart. If this job caters for the both of us it would be ideal. If not, neighbouring or on course work placements would be suitable. Work experience includes: Gai Waterhouse-3 1/2 years Anzac Lodge-4 months (NZ pretraining/educating yard) Phillip J Hobbs-7 months (UK NH trainer) Nick Williams-(UK NH trainer) Jason Clifford-6 months trackwork (Tas) Charlie Goggin- 3 years until present trackwork (Tas) Amongst other trainers for freelance... Gai Waterhouse-3 1/2 years Anzac Lodge-4 months (NZ pretraining/educating yard) Phillip J Hobbs-7 months (UK NH trainer) Nick Williams-(UK NH trainer) Jason Clifford-6 months trackwork (Tas) Charlie Goggin- 3 years until present trackwork (Tas) Amongst other trainers for freelance...

Hayley from UK (Currently based in Wellington NZ)

I am twenty years old, I have a years working visa and currently based in Wellington, and am looking for work any where in New Zealand in the horse racing industry.
I have eighteen years experiance with horses, riding, care and training of all types and ages in a range of disiplines, I have also completed a NVQ 2 in Racehorse care, managment and riding at the Newmarket Racing School (UK). This includes knowing how to travel horses safely, turn out to a high class, parade in a ring and for sales. I also can plait, trim, clip a horse, bandage and rug. I have had my own horse for around 12 years so know about feeding, medical and other aspects of horse care.
I have worked as part of a team and sole charge, I'm calm and confident in any situation and can adapt to different ways of working. I am confident, quiet, strong rider with lots of patience, I'm not put off by a horse with a bit of spark and have helped break and school many youngstock, I have also handled youngsters and stallions with confidence.

Robert from Ireland (currently located in Australia)

Details from his CV include, Assistant Trainer, Amateur Jockey, freelance rider – all based in UK.

Ashlee from New Zealand

Hi there, I am currently a full time track rider wanting to take up an apprenticeship. I seen this ad states that you have trainers looking for riders and apprentices. Could you please send me in the right direction for trainers in the North Island ready to take somebody on.

Mohammed from Dubai

HI, I am 32 years old. I?m looking for a stable job in the new zealand. I have been riding and working with horses for over 12 years.I’m a very hard worker,and i am working 2 year in england with richard hannon and 4 year in norway 6 year in saudia arabiya hajy rider and jockey i am coming back from norway to india this date 10.11.2010 i like to work very must ,if you want a new stable hand or exercise rider. I would do anything you’d want me to do, like riding, grooming,feeding, cleaning tack, or what ever else you would want me to do . now i am last one year working in dubai and england with zabeel internation stable

Roberto from Spain

Dear Sir or Madam I am extremely interested to work in your company. I have worked with horses since I was in my teens.I am an expert in breeding, sales and prepraration for the sales. I have worked in Newmarket , Brinkley Stud and in France Haras du Quesnay, also in my own equestrian center and stud in Spain. I would like to take some experience in order to start a career as a trainer, I am able to work in any position inside your company, where I would be able to demonstrate my experience and to offer my best skills for the job. I have attached a copy of my CV to this e-mail. If you are interested please, do not hesitate to get in touch with me. I look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely, Roberto

Dorsamy from Mauritius

Good Morning, I am 21 years old.Passionate of Horses Since I was little Kid but its at the age of 16 years Old that I started to rub myself with Horse Racing Since then I learn a lot about Horses but there still lot of room to improve my General Knowledge about Horses.I sincerly think having a job in New Zealand will be very fruitful for me both financially as I come from a middle class family and for my know how about Horses because I saw some jockeys from New Zealand who are really good horsemen example:Shane Dye. I will really appreciate that you give me the chance to prouve myself and also to learn a lot from you.Thanks in advance


17 Sep 2012

Congratulations to John Sargent, last season's winner of the Dunstan Trainer of the Year. The other nominees were those with the most Group and Listed wins, being Lisa Latta, Stephen McKee and Jason Bridgeman.

Retired Trainer, Trevor McKee ONZM, received the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Racing. Horses he has trained have been inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, have been Timeform World Champion, Horse of the Year - both in New Zealand and Australia - and at the head of the ANZ Classification as well as crowned Australasia's All-time Leading Earner. This award has been a long time coming for the now self-proclaimed truck driver!

17 Aug 2012

NZTA Members  now have access to great corporate deals on tyres from Bridgestone/Firestone.

Members can go to the following link to see details of a great deal on tyres especially for them:

This will be the first of many such offers you can get as a member of the NZTA.

It’s easy to redeem your choice of the below offers; simply choose the participating store you would like to redeem the offer at (see the link to the list of stores beside each offer below), print this page and take it with you. If you don’t want to print the page, simply quote the relevant offer code shown below.


Save $60


When you purchase any four Bridgestone or Firestone branded car, 4x4 or van tyres and a wheel alignment.
Only available at selected stores (click here for a list). Offer applies to cash, EFTPOS and credit card sales only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or offer. Discount is off recommended retail price, please ask in store for details.


Offer code: CVP1301 
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Save $20


When you purchase any two Bridgestone or Firestone branded car, 4x4 or van tyres and a wheel alignment.
Only available at selected stores (click here for a list). Offer applies to cash, EFTPOS and credit card sales only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or offer. Discount is off recommended retail price, please ask in store for details.
Offer code: CVP1302
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WOF only $35
Only available at Bridgestone Select stores (click here for a list). Offer applies to cash, EFTPOS and credit card sales only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or offer. Bookings are essential and must be made in advance.
Offer code: CVP1303
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Save up to $40 on vehicle servicing
Only available at Bridgestone Select stores (click here for a list). $40 discount applies to the Premium service package.
Auto service options:
Basic                           Normally $119     You save $20   
Comprehensive             Normally $149     You save $25
Premium                      Normally $229     You save $40
For detail on all these service packages, please visit the Bridgestone Select website (click here).
Bookings are essential and must be made in advance. Offer applies to cash, EFTPOS and credit card sales only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or offer. Additional charges may apply for non-standard parts; for selected vehicles this can include oil, oil filter & spark plugs. Ask in store for details.
Offer code: CVP1304
04 Jul 2012We have arranged a DRIVECARD benefit for NZTA members only. You will save many dollars plus have the convenience of monthly accounts for petrol, tyres, rental cars, glass repairs....
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