Greg has had a passion for horses all of his life. He began specialising
in showjumping at a young age and his first major achievement was
at the age of 18 when he rode his own home produced 6 year old horse
Chichester to win the prestigious Bell Tea Grand Prix at the Horse
Of The Year show. Following this he won a string of Young Rider
classes and Grand Prix. At the age of 22 he represented New Zealand
in Australia after winning the 1986 NZ World Cup series where he
qualified for the final in Gothenberg, Sweden.
5 years at Cambridge Stud working as stallion manager, assistant
yearling manager and private breaker and pre-trainer of the studs
very valuable Thoroughbred youngstock. He also spent 2 years at
Westbury Stud in a similar role. This gave Greg further knowledge
and experience that enabled him to establish his own very successful
business "Chester Stables" in Pukekohe, breaking in and
producing young horses to competition level while continuing to
coach riders of all levels.
In the last few years, Greg has returned to competing full time,
producing, among others, the 2 outstanding "Ramirez" geldings
"Hez Zurich" and "Retrospect II", and the Holsteiner
stallion "Vollrath Chagall", all performing up to Grand
Greg is now based at his family property "Chester Farm"
in Paeroa where, alongside privately producing the next generations
of the young Chester Farm Warmblood horses for competition and sale,
Greg is available to assist local riders and horse owners by taking
on a limited number of horses for training, from breaking in through
to competition level, as well as being an increasingly sought after
coach known for his very professional, systematic and enjoyable
riding lessons for horses and riders of all levels that get results.
Diana has grown up with and ridden horses from a very young age,
competing in dressage, showjumping and eventing for fun until the
age of 17 when she started work in graphics and design, later running
her own website design business and specialising, of course, in
horse websites! - www.InteractiveArt.co.nz.
When she moved to Christchurch in 2002 looking for a change in direction,
Diana and her mother Sue Fowler (a lifelong horsewoman to whom Diana
credits much of her practical horsemanship and knowledge) established
the now very well known "Astek
Stud" where they set about breeding and producing top quality
warmblood horses for all disciplines - from conception to competition
this greatly enhanced Diana's knowledge and experience in all facets
of breeding, handling and riding young horses through to stallions,
stud management and marketing.
Having also spent time with the likes of highly regarded international
Brannaman, and Ken
Faulkner, Diana's passion lies in handling young horses and
gaining their trust, confidence and respect in-hand before progressing
this soft feel, communication and balance into work under saddle
- this groundwork playing an important role in the day to day training
of all horses in work at Chester Farm.
As well as
managing the the overall promotion, website and photography requirements,
Diana shares equal involvement with Greg in the breaking-in and
general training of clients horses.
Diana also brings to Chester Farm her quality youngstock and broodmares
from Astek. Her oldest home bred and produced horse "Astek
Gianni" is now 7 years old, a Supreme Champion in-hand as a
2 year old, she was crowned "National 5yo Showhunter Champion
2010" in her first season competing under saddle, and then
in 2011 won 6 Year Old Showhunter followed by "Reserve Champion
Amateur Showhunter Of The Year" with Diana aboard.
With Sue at Astek Stud continuing to breed top quality performance
horses in Christchurch, Diana has thoroughly enjoyed expanding more
into the producing and competition side of the sporthorse business
and introducing more of the Astek horses to this area, with a North
Island base enabling greater access to national competitions and
Diana has now quickly established a reputation in the NZ showhunter
competition circuit as a popular and competitive rider, recognised
for her well produced horses and professional riding style.