Meet the Team at Ripple Creek
Trent graduated from Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science majoring in Pasture Agronomy. His love for harness racing was founded n his teens, and a passion soon grew. While attending university he gained valuable work experience with some of New Zealand's best harness racing trainers, beginning the dream of one day being a leading trainer himself.
After graduating, Trent worked in his field of study for a few years while operating
Standardbred yearling preparation business under the name
5 Star Yearling Preparation. Business grew until Trent had the biggest draft
at the PGG Wrightson South Island Standardbred Yearling Sales.
In 2016/17 Trent also took a leading management role at
Dancingonmoonlight Farm. His role there included looking after and
standing the legendary stallion Christian Cullen, as well as pasture care
and handling young stock.
In 2017 the growing business rebranded as Ripple Creek Equine Services
with a move to the Ohoka property and its development. The new name better
reflected the diverse range of services by now being offered.
On gaining his harness racing trainer's licence, Trent's first successes were two wins with 'Blue Blazer' owned by Harvey Kaplan. This was a horse Trent picked would do great things when he first laid eyes on him.
Trent has a great eye for a horse and is often involved in selecting and purchasing racing and breeding stock for his clients.
Leading hand in the stable is Anna Jerard, who has been with Ripple Creek
since 2018. Horses have been part of Anna's life for longer than she can
remember, and she has been riding since she was four years old.
Anna's approach is to get on with whatever needs doing with the horses, and
can be lied on to get the job done without a fuss. Her fast work driving abilities
are essential to smooth-running operations and the demands of a growing stable.
Anna plans to make a career in the equine industry and is studying horse massage
in her spare time.
Marga is our newest team member, having joined Ripple Creek in December ’21. A keen endurance rider, Marga likes nothing more than spending her leisure time riding a back country station with her daughter alongside.
Originally from Holland, Marga lives with her Kiwi partner and family on a lifestyle block nearby in Ohoka.
Working with standardbreds was new to Marga when she joined us, her previous involvement being limited to the occasional family day at the races. Marga’s role is in attending to the ground work required around the stables. She loves working with the horses and is enthusiastic about what she does.
Paul is our casual worker extraordinaire who's on hand as needed when not
enjoying life down by the seaside. He's a more than useful float driver and can
often be heard giving owners and supporters the benefit of his opinion.
Paul's skills include time as an amateur race driver (with very mixed success), a
breeder and owner in both horse racing codes. A valued member of the Ripple