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 all around the country. At the
age of 22 he won the NZ World Cup Showjumping Series against many
more seasoned combinations. He then went on to represent New Zealand
in Australia where he qualified for the World Cup final in Gothenberg,
- Sydney 1986
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 recent years he has produced, amongst
others, the 2 outstanding "Ramirez" geldings "Hez
Zurich" and "Retrospect II", and the Holsteiner stallion
"Vollrath Chagall", all successfull to Grand Prix level.
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 as well as being a highly
regarded and popular coach known for his very professional, systematic,
effective and enjoyable riding lessons for horses and riders of
all levels and disciplines.
In 2017 Greg made the decision to retire from competition riding
meaning he is now able to concentrate his time on coaching and producing
riders and also extending his exciting Contact Care practitioner
Jamieson (nee Fowler)
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.
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 main passion lies in handling young horses
and "problem" horses, gaining their trust, confidence
and respect in-hand before progressing this soft feel, communication
and balance into work under saddle - playing an important role in
the day to day training of all horses in work at Chester Farm.
Diana with her 3 full sisters; Astek Gucci, Gianni & Gymbya.
As well as
managing the the Chester Farm administration, website and photography
requirements, Diana shares equal involvement with Greg in the training
of clients horses and day to day farm management.
Diana also brings to Chester Farm her quality youngstock from Astek.
Two of her oldest home-bred and produced horses "Astek Gianni"
and "Astek Gymbya" have been very successful with Diana
in their light competitive careers to date, with Gianni being crowned
"NZ National 5yo Showhunter Champion 2010" in her first
season competing under saddle, followed by "Reserve Champion
Amateur Showhunter Of The Year" at HOY, while younger sister
Gymbya is already following in Gianni's footsteps, winning "Waitemata
Summer Series Showhunter Champion 2014" in her first season
arriving in the North Island in 2008, Diana has thoroughly enjoyed
returning to occasional competition and quickly established a reputation
as a popular and competitive rider recognised for her well produced
horses and professional riding style.
Her naturally calm postitive nature and practical, actionable advice
has seen her become an increasingly sought after coach due to her
encouraging approach and strong foundation methods, including developing
two very unique training camps aimed at both young riders and adult