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.
- 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, 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 successfully 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 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
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
Faulkner and Steve
Houston, 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.
Diana with 3 of her full sisters; Astek Gucci, Gianni &
As well as
managing the the overall Chester Farm 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 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
"National 5yo Showhunter Champion 2010" in her first season
competing under saddle, followed by "Reserve Champion Amateur
Showhunter Of The Year" with Diana aboard, while younger sister
Gymbya is already following in Gianni's footsteps, winning "Waitemata
Summer Series Low Hunter Showhunter Champion 2014" in her first
season of competition.
has thoroughly enjoyed expanding more into the producing and competition
side of the sporthorse business. She has 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, and is an increasingly sought after coach due to her very
positive, encouraging approach and strong foundation methods.