Harness Racing Training
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 regularly; the change in environment works positively for their mental as well as their physical condition.
Our racing stable is not large, with around 15 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, before going to Australia for further success. Blue Blazer 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 2019 season with 13 training wins. 2020 has seen Bushman (twice) and Frankie Jones (both since sold), as well as the promising trotter Never Mind greet the judge. Star Watch and The Artful Dodger are two as-yet maiden runners that along with their stablemates show good signs of more success soon for Trent and the Ripple Creek harness racing brand.