Chester Farm Equestrian & ConTACT C.A.r.E
Situated in the beautiful Maratoto Valley, between Paeroa and Thames, Chester Farm is a professional horse training and rider coaching equestrian centre owned and operated by Greg Jamieson.
The farm features river flats and rolling hills, surrounded by river and native bush. This land, combined with the mild year round climate, provides the ultimate setting for training and producing performance horses and riders for all disciplines. It’s a safe, special place to enjoy the bond between rider and horse, whether that’s on your own, or as part of a group experience.
“It’s not uncommon to witness those I’m treating experience partial disbelief and excitement as they feel the change that is made instantly when we support pressure correctly and release flinchlocks that have been inhibiting their movement. You can see the same in horses too.”- Greg
Greg continues to develop horse and rider coaching and clinics plus hosting clubs and groups at Chester Farm during summer months. Limited horse training resumes at Chester Farm – as well as hosting ConTact C.A.R.E Equine foundation clinics throughout the North Island
With a professional background of 45 odd years in the equine industry it was only natural that Greg was drawn to a treatment technique that can help so many issues that arise for horse and rider.
Greg on his ConTact C.A.R.E Europe trips – “It was exciting to experience the response and feedback from all horses and humans I treated overseas who compete at such an elite level and that it matched any previous work I’ve done here at home, showing how effective and beneficial this treatment can be at ANY level.”
Greg also runs foundation courses for both human and equine in Europe and Australia teaching others how to use ConTact C.A.R.E effectively.
Riding at age 4, and started Pony Club at age 8
Showjumping at age 12, to Grand Prix level by age 14. Also Hunting with Hounds at Maramarua Hunt club, including Whipper-In of hounds.
Started competing on horses at age 15, including “Chichester” the namesake of Chester Farms.
Chichester graded A-Grade (top grade in NZ) at 5 years old.
At 18 years old, Greg riding Chichester won the prestigious Bell Tea Grand Prix at Horse of the Year Show in Pukekohe. They went on to finish 4th NZ Horse of the Year Olympic Cup title class, then a week later to become Masters Grand Prix champions in Levin, and finished 4th top Showjumper of NZ for the season.
Greg also gained his Amatuer Jockeys license and rode briefly in flat races hurdles and steeplechases during winter months including racing over the famous Ellerslie Hill steeplechase course.
Greg and Chichester were selected for the North Island under 23 Showjumping team that toured the South Island and later that year won the NZ League of the World Cup qualifying series in NZ.
Gained selection in the NZ Senior rep team to compete with Chichester in Australia, where they finished in the top 10 in Grand Prix of Australia Sydney. This result qualified them for the World Cup Showjumping final in Gothenburg Sweden – however NZ did not compete.
Greg was appointed senior staff member at Cambridge Stud by Sir Patrick Hogan. Roles held were Assistant Yearling manager, Stallion Manager, and private Breaker and Pre-Trainer of the Stud owned racehorses, preparing them for leading Australasian trainers including the Melbourne Cups King Bart Cummings.
Greg started under saddle $1.2m Sir Tristram – Surround colt for new Japanese owners (first yearling sold in NZ under auction for over $1m).
Purchased the 150 acre dairy farm in Maratoto Valley in Hikutaia near Paeroa that is now Chester Farm. The farm’s income was supplemented by starting horses, training horses and riders and running clinics, camps and competitions on the farm. Resumed hunting with the Maramarua Hunt Club including Whipper-In of hounds and Clerk of the Course duties at Thames and Paeroa racecourses.
The cows were sold and Greg moved to Karaka and began work as private breaker and pre trainer for then Eric Watson owned Westbury Stud.
Greg purchased and developed Pukekohe equestrian property Chester Stables, and ran a large horse training business.
Returned to showjumping competition, producing 3 more Grand Prix horses including Rameriz Holsteiner geldings Hez Zurich and Retrospect 11, along with Warmblood stallion Vollrath Chagall.
Returned to live at Chester Farm to resume and develop the horse training business and property.
Greg broke his back in an accident while handling a young horse, and in April of 2015 had spinal fusion surgery of L4-L5 vertebrae.
In September, during his recovery from surgery, Greg completed his training in ConTact C.A.R.E and began his work treating both horses and humans. In late November he travelled to the U.K. and introduced his ConTact C.A.R.E work there.
Retired from full time competition riding.
Featured on Country Calender’s “Horse Talk” episode.
Invited and travelled to Europe twice to work with NZ Olympic Showjumpers Nations Cup Team pre World Equestrian Games – working with ConTact C.A.R.E in 11 countries and running ConTact C.A.R.E Equine foundation workshops in Sweden. Returned to NZ to travel throughout North Island for ConTact C.A.R.E horse & human treatments, and went on to facilitate human ConTact C.A.R.E workshops in Queensland Australia.