Meet the Team
Natalie has been in the Education & Training department for the past 10 years, and has taken over the position as Education & Training Manager for the past 6 years. 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 with 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 trainees so they can follow their career paths in their chosen industry.
Georgie has been in the Education and Training Co-ordinator position for the past 5 years. Prior to working for HRNZ Georgie spent 7 years in the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry at both Berkley Stud in Canterbury and Trelawney Stud up North in Cambridge. Georgie’s time spent at Trelawney also included travelling to Australia with yearlings for the Sydney Easter Inglis Sales.
In 2012 Georgie was awarded the Irish National Stud Scholarship. She completed 6 months of extensive study in Kildare, Ireland and came away with the gold medal and a Diploma in Breeding and Business Management. Georgie is passionate about the Harness Racing Industry. An avid race-goer and follower she is also heavily involved in the yearling sales come February.
Georgie’s underlying passion for horses is continued outside of work. She regularly competes in all equestrian disciplines including showjumping and eventing. Georgie annually attends the Karaka Premier Thoroughbred Yearling Sales. Georgie’s desire to help provide the Cadets with a sound base of equine knowledge ensures they have the required knowledge and skills to progress through their qualifications and succeed in their careers.
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 15 years as Director of the Northern Apprentice Jockey Schools, 10 years as Training Advisor/tutor for Thoroughbred Breeders and five years as Training Advisor 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 addition to the education team.