We are lucky to have a great team who work at Gameson Racing Stables, here's some more info on us and our staff.
Jamie’s grandfather Jock Docherty was the biggest influence behind him becoming a horseman. This was after he was told to get a trade behind him, which he did and he is also a qualified Butcher.
Jock trained some exceptional trotters like Queens Cord who won a Dominion Handicap and fourth in the Sydney Interdominion.
Before Jamie went out on his own he trained in partnership with Tommy Behrns for four seasons with their most notable success being 2YO Trotter of the Year Thanksgiving.
With two better than average mares to kick off his training career, Meadow Foam and Soonenuff, it was time for Jamie to branch out on his own with a property on the outskirts of Christchurch.
With his meticulous attention to detail and his passion for horses it’s no wonder that things are falling into place.
Jamie tried his hand at driving, winning his first raceday drive. But decided to concentrate on the training side instead. So now we have the opportunity to engage whichever driver the owner desires.
Doing most of his own shoeing is something else that Jamie enjoys. Originally taught by his grandfather, Jamie has furthered his skills under the watchful eye of Shaun Beverage and with more experience comes more knowledge.
His horsemanship skills, passion for racing and love of horses are all things that make Jamie strive to ensure his owners get the best out of their horses.
Communication with owners is also a key strength and one that Jamie believes leads to having successful horses.
Natalie has had a passion for horses from the minute she could talk. Starting her equine career riding ponies and then onto hacks, competing successfully in many equestrian disciplines.
Natalie was introduced to harness racing whilst working for Michael House in the school holidays. She then got a job working for Ernie Knight preparing yearlings for the sales which filled in her summer holidays for a number of years.
After one summer break working for David Shadbolt, it was on their own the next year for Jamie and Natalie.
After 14 years of preparing yearlings, Natalie is still very passionate about what she does and how the yearlings are presented.
Natalie is a lady with many talents, as well as working at the stables she managaed the Garrard’s Horse & Hound shop at Addington Raceway, for seven years before getting a job at Harness Racing New Zealand.
Four years later Natalie is still enjoying being Education & Training Coordinator. A role that is varied and exciting, she loves to help train and encourage the next generation of harness participants.
Along with Jamie, they have two gorgeous children which keep them entertained. Emily who has just started school and John who is two and a half years old. Both love to help around the stables where they can, with feed up being their favourite time.
Bronson discovered his love of horses and harness racing from his step father Neil Munro. Neil provided him with a good grounding before he started helping Jamie out in the school holidays when only 15 years old. He started full time at the stables the days he turned 16!
Several years later and now a Junior Driver, Bronson is part of the family.
Bronson won his first race driving Independence Day. The race wasn’t remembered for its winning drive but for the winning salute that started about 50m before the finishing post. An exciting day for Bronson!
Now with 7 wins under his belt Bronson is keen to increase this tally.
Also an accomplished rugby player, Bronson plays for the Southbridge Colts rugby team and also the South Island Maori rugby team.
Tina is our stable coordinator, she doesn’t want to drive these days but she keeps everything running and in order around the stables and in the yearling barn.
Tina walked into our stables off the street 11 years ago. She has worked for us on and off since then helping over yearling prep time and often into the weaning and breaking in periods.
After several overseas adventures, other jobs and a university diploma Tina has returned to us full time.
She gained huge experience working on a quarterhorse stud farm in Canada breaking in the young stock. Then back in NZ helping out Steve Houston.
Also an experienced equestrienne with her own horse that she competes in different disciplines. Tina has had him from a yearling and has bought him on herself.
With a vast background of horsemanship skills she is a great asset to the team.
Jamie’s father Garry is our chief jogger as well as our fix it man.