Meet the Team

Education & Training Manager
Education & Training Coordinator
Northern Education & Training Officer
 PITO Training Advisors

Natalie Gameson     

Education & Training Manager

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Natalie has been in the position as Education & Training Coordinator for the past four years and has taken over the role of Education & Training Manager while Kristie Hill is on maternity leave. Prior to working for HRNZ Natalie completed a New Zealand Diploma in Business at Christchurch College of Education. She then went on to help establish and manage the Garrard’s Horse & Hound store at Addington Raceway. Natalie worked in this role for over seven years servicing the three racing codes - Harness, Galloping and Greyhounds. The role enabled her to become familiar with the people and products in the whole racing industry.

Natalie has been involved in the Harness Industry for a big part of her life, starting out working holiday jobs for trainers and yearling preparers. In 2003 she gained a National Certificate in Equine (Harness Racing) – Level 4.  In partnership with her husband Jamie they run Dunvegan Lodge Yearling Preparation. Jamie also runs a full time business as a harness trainer, training and racing a number of horses of which Natalie assists with. They also own and breed a number of standardbreds as well as having owned several Thoroughbred racehorses.

Natalie's background in the equine industry (she is also an equestrian) ensures she has the experience and knowledge to tutor our harness and throughbred trainees so they can follow their career paths in their chosen industry.

Natalie's roles include:

  • Regional Training Officer for the Canterbury Harness Horse Cadet School
  • Director of the Christchurch Apprentice Jockey School
  • Co-ordinator of HYHP Programme
  • Trustee Kidz Kartz & Pony Trust Canterbury Inc.

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Phone 03 964 1200
Mobile 021 936 155
   

Georgie Bolton

Education & Training Coordinator

 

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Phone 03 964 1200
Mobile

027 309 1756

   

  

Sally Waters

Northern Education & Training Officer

February 2012 saw the appointment of Sally Waters to the position (part-time) of Northern Education & Training Officer.  Sally  has achieved tertiary qualifications in Education and Teaching from Waikato University, and is an accomplished teacher with experience in primary, secondary, tertiary and industry training education. This includes 10 years as Director of the Northern Apprentice Jockey Schools and Field Officer/Tutor for Thoroughbred Breeders and five years as apprentice co-ordinator for the New Zealand Sports Turf Industry Training Organisation.

She has sound practical and theoretical knowledge of the equine industry and is a recognised equine industry subject expert.  Experienced in a diverse range of equine activities including; training racehorses, trackwork riding, breaking and pre-training racehorses, breeding, preparation yearling sales, training and producing advanced eventers, competing at national level and coaching/mentoring New Zealand representative advanced Eventing champions.  Sally has also had administrative roles with the New Zealand Equine Education Trust (the equine industry’s Primary Training Establishment), Cambridge Stud and Balmerino Park.

Sally has completed an amateur drivers course and is an avid follower of harness racing this in conjunction with her outstanding knowledge of industry training makes her a valuable addittion to the education team!

Sally's roles include:

  • Tutor for the Waikato & Auckland Harness Horse Cadet Schools
  • Tutor for the Wailato & Auckland Apprentice Jockey Schools
  • Executive Officer Equine Education Trust
  • Co-ordinator HYHP Programme

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Phone 07 823 1595
Mobile 027 494 2850
   

 

PITO Training Advisor Contacts

Name

Region

Mobile

Email

Virginia Tocher Auckland / Waikato 0800 20 80 20  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kim Clapperton Central Districts 0800 20 80 20  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Aaron Lloyd  South Island 0800 20 80 20  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.