Greg has had a passion for horses all of his life. He began working
with horses and starting them under saddle for clients while still
at school and specialised in showjumping at a young age. His first
major achievement was at the age of 18 when he rode his own home
produced 6 year old horse "Chichester" to win the prestigious
Bell Tea Grand Prix at the Horse Of The Year show. Following this
he won a string of Young Rider classes and Grand Prix all around
the country. At the age of 22 he won the NZ World Cup Showjumping
Series against many more seasoned combinations. He then went on
to represent New Zealand in Australia where he qualified for the
World Cup final in Gothenberg, Sweden. During this busy competitive
time Greg worked fulltime on the family dairy farm while continuing
to break in and school horses for clients all over the Waikato,
BOP and Auckland areas.
- Sydney 1986
5 years at the world reknown "Cambridge Stud" working
as stallion manager, assistant yearling manager and private breaker
and pre-trainer of the studs very valuable Thoroughbred youngstock.
He also spent 2 years at Westbury Stud in a similar role. This gave
Greg further knowledge and experience that enabled him to establish
his next very successful business "Chester Stables" in
Pukekohe, breaking in and producing young horses to competition
level while continuing to coach riders of all levels. In recent
years he has produced, amongst others, the 2 outstanding "Ramirez"
geldings "Hez Zurich" and "Retrospect II", and
the Holsteiner stallion "Vollrath Chagall", all successfull
to Grand Prix level.
Now based back at his family property "Chester Farm" in
Paeroa where, alongside privately producing the next generations
of the young Chester Farm Warmblood horses for competition and sale,
Greg is available to assist local riders and horse owners by taking
on a limited number of horses for training as well as being a highly
regarded and popular coach known for his very professional, systematic,
effective and enjoyable riding lessons for horses and riders of
all levels and disciplines.
In January 2017 Greg made the decision to retire from regular competition
riding meaning he is now able to concentrate his time on coaching
and producing riders and also extending his exciting Contact Care
Jamieson (nee Fowler)
Diana has grown up with and ridden horses from a very young age,
competing in dressage, showjumping and eventing for fun until the
age of 17 when she started work in graphics and design, later running
her own website design business.
When she moved to Christchurch in 2002 looking for a change in direction,
Diana and her mother Sue Fowler (a lifelong horsewoman to whom Diana
credits much of her practical horsemanship and knowledge) established
the now very well known "Astek
Stud" where they set about breeding and producing top quality
warmblood horses for all disciplines - from conception to competition
this greatly enhanced Diana's knowledge and experience in all facets
of horse stud management including breeding, handling, breaking
in and riding young horses through to stallions.
Having spent time with the likes of highly regarded international
Brannaman and Ken
Faulkner, Diana's main passion lies in handling young horses
and "problem" horses, gaining their trust, confidence
and respect in-hand before progressing this soft feel, communication
and balance into work under saddle - playing an important role in
the day to day training of all horses in work at Chester Farm.
Diana with her 3 full sisters; Astek Gucci, Gianni & Gymbya.
brings to Chester Farm her quality youngstock from Astek. Two of
her oldest home-bred and produced horses "Astek Gianni"
and "Astek Gymbya" have been very successful with Diana
in their light competitive careers to date, with Gianni being crowned
"NZ National 5yo Showhunter Champion 2010" in her first
season competing under saddle, followed by "Reserve Champion
Amateur Showhunter Of The Year" at HOY, while younger sister
Gymbya is already following in Gianni's footsteps, winning "Waitemata
Summer Series Showhunter Champion 2014" in her first season
arriving in the North Island in 2008, Diana has thoroughly enjoyed
returning to occasional competition and quickly established a reputation
as a popular and competitive rider recognised for her well produced
horses and professional riding style.
Her naturally calm postitive nature and practical, actionable advice
has seen her become an increasingly sought after coach due to her
encouraging approach and strong foundation methods, including developing
two very unique training camps aimed at both young riders and adult