Williamson, the Jill of all trades


Muscle Pat's victory in the non-winner’s trot at Forbury Park last night (Thursday) was an all-Williamson affair, but not as we know it.

Brad Williamson was the successful driver but the four-year-old was bred and is owned and trained by South Canterbury veterinarian, dual-code equine trainer, artificial insemination practitioner and thoroughbred studmistress, Donna Williamson.

“Brad's no relation, my grandfather trained at Kerrytown and had a lot of trotters,” Donna said.

“I was brought up by him and my father and was always an outdoor horsey person.”

Muscle Pat is a half-brother to Here Comes Pat, trained by Phil Williamson for eight wins, with his sons Nathan, Matthew and Brad all winning on her.

His dam, Go Pat, is a member of the successful Pat family of Central Otago identity Ginger Woodhouse, who is also a star of cheese ads on TV and a horse float operator.

“I do standardbred AI and Ginger brings mares up to me. I'm not sure how it happened but I bought Go Pat from him,” said Donna.

She has bred Muscle Pat by Muscle Mass and three-year-old filly Go Pres by The Pres and says she can also trot but other parts of her craft still require attention.

Donna qualified from Massey University in 2002 and among her veterinary duties are attendance at all race meetings at Phar Lap Raceway and Geraldine.

She has been training since 2006 and has 14 wins to her credit, seven with square-gaiters.

The Dominator, by The Pres, has won twice for her this season.

On the thoroughbred side, Donna stands the stallions D'Cash and Onceuponatime at her Belmont Stud and had her first success as a galloping trainer when Abraxos won at Ashburton last October.

To test her organisational skills, Donna had Abraxos racing yesterday in the 4:04pm race at Oamaru (delayed until 4:18) and Muscle Pat at Forbury Park, another 120 odd kilometres further south, at 4:59pm.

“I've got 10 in work, five trotters, one pacer, four gallopers and I've got my partner Stephen Bell and Aimee O'Brien to thank for making it happen, I couldn't do everything I'm doing without them.”

-        NZ Harness News


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