Trent Yesberg's Training Philosophy
In gaining experience and gathering the skills required to become a professional harness racing trainer, I worked worked for and was taught by from some of the best in Australasia, including:
Greg & Nina Hope, Brent Lilley, John & Robert Dunn, Allan Tubbs and Greg & Ross Sugars.
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 have an 800m all-weather sand and crusher dust training track that allows us to do most of our fast work at home. We keep it well maintained and groomed, ensuring the surface is topped up regularly for maximum comfort on the horse's legs and joints. 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
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. With a growing team of racehorses and some exciting younger prospects close to racing, the current season has much more in store for Trent and the Ripple Creek harness racing brand.