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Racehorse Training

Trent Yesberg's Training Philosophy

"In gaining experience and gathering the skills required to become a professional racehorse trainer, I worked worked for and was taught by from some of the best harness racing stables in Australasia, including: Greg & Nina Hope, Brent Lilley, John & Robert Dunn, Allan Tubbs and Greg & Ross Sugars. 

All the time I was working with standardbreds, I also had plenty of contact with thoroughbreds as they occasionally came through the stables for rest and rehabilitation. My father bred both breeds so there were always thoroughbreds at home to look after and handle, and always galloping trainers in our social circle. 

 

Having spent time observing some of the best trainers in the business, I believe I've been able to adopt and develop the racehorse training techniques that work for us.

 

At Ripple Creek we strive to be innovative trainers who embrace new technologies and training techniques. We want to challenge 'the norm' and believe there is always a more effective, more efficient way to do everything we do in life.

 

Science suggests there are better ways to achieve success in racing. We would like to adopt and introduce more techniques that are scientifically proven to improve performance and the general well-being and comfort of our horses.

 

Good facilities are integral to success. We use the surfaces available at Rangora Racecourse for al our fast work, and at home have our well-maintained 800m all-weather sand and crusher dust training track where we do pretraining and educate the young horses coming into the stable. We have an affinity with the beach and train the horses on it when we assess that the change in environment will work positively for their mental as well as their physical condition. 

 

Our racing stable has around 20 horses in work at any one time. That level of activity enables us to provide hands-on care at all times, using plans individualised for each horse in work or spelling. Our aim is to share our space with happy, thriving horses turned out to reach their maximum potential on the racetrack. "

Ripple Creek's Catalogue of Success on the Track
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Trent's first success as a licenced harness racing trainer came with Blue Blazer, an Auckland Reactor gelding which won at Addington and Timaru as a 3 year old in 2017. Blue Blazer went on to more success in Australia. That gave Trent momentum to broaden his ownership base, and it wasn't long before Airpark Flyer was winning for him and owner Graeme Harris. Airpark Flyer had a stellar 2019 season, taking out the Riverton, Westport and Waikouaiti Cups, and retiring with a record of 6 wins from 15 starts out of the Ripple Creek stable. 

 

Trent finished the 2018/19 season, during which he obtained his Public Trainer licence, with 13 training wins and $111,273 in stakes. 

In 2019/20 Adam Patron, Bushman and the trotter Never Mind all scored twice, and with seven individual winners the season ended for the stable with 10 wins and $76,698 in stakes.  .

 

In the extended 2020/21 season the trotting mare Majestic Action was the star performer with four wins, while Kusanova picked up two. A total of 13 victories overall were complemented by 37 minor placings and $132,134 for the stable's most successful season so far.  

The 2022 season kicked off with a double for Majestic Action in her swansong season before retiring to the broodmare paddock. 2022 ended for Trent with the thrill of training his first galloping winner - Allasera, his only galloper in work at the time, in a maiden race at Kurow. 14 wins meant Trent again had his most successful year yet on the track.

 

2023 began with a growing team of racehorses and some exciting younger prospects getting close to racing. IN the winner's circle the first part of the year was dominated by trotter Feel The Moment with a summer double, while winter was brightened up for the loyal owners of Uptown Funk who scored three times over a short period. To be continued ...

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