Senior Management Role

For decades Westbury Stud has been known as one of NZ’s leading Thoroughbred operations.  Our commitment to rearing the best racehorses is first and foremost at Westbury Stud, aptly summed up by our company philosophy of Passion, Dedication, Reward.  

Westbury Karaka is currently looking for an experienced and proven ‘horseperson’ to join our senior operational team.  Offering the successful applicant, the opportunity to join a progressive and motivated team at a world class property. The successful applicant will report directly to the Stud Manager and be able to ‘step up’ and lead the operation (or department) when required.

Candidates must be proficient, confident horse handlers, and possess a high standard of organisational and planning skills.  A sound knowledge and experience in the day to day handling and managing of stallions, broodmares, foals, weanlings and/or yearling preparation is essential.

The successful applicant will have a passion for providing the utmost care, education and preparation of our stock with knowledge across all facets of the Stud.   Your enthusiasm and attention to detail with a strong work ethic will see you lead, motivate and inspire our team.  Previous experience in a senior stud position is required.

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we are only able to accept applications from people who hold the rights to work in NZ (work visa, resident or citizens) and are currently in New Zealand.

Those interested in applying should send a two (2) page CV with a cover letter outlining their relevant experience to [email protected] 

Nutrition/Feedroom Coordinator

Westbury Stud is currently seeking interest in positions at both our Karaka and Matamata farms in the role of Nutrition/Feedroom Coordinator. The feeding of horses is a critical aspect of our business and the roles require people with dedication and accuracy in this area.

The people we are looking for should possess an interest and background in horses - but this may not relate specifically to stud work - while the successful applicants would receive full training on the requirements of the role.

Anyone interested in applying for these roles should possess,  

  • Good communication skills, being able to relate effectively to managers, staff, feed suppliers and stockists
  • Meticulous detail in areas of feed quantities, preparation of feeds, ordering stock etc
  • Good mathematical skills, as calculating and measuring accurately is imperative
  • Physically fit and strong, as the role requires an active person with heavy lifting involved
  • Efficiency in the recording of feed purchasing, packing slips, and associated documentation
  • The ability to ensure a clean, tidy, and well organised environment at all times
  • Excellent time management in the preparation of feeds daily
  • Be able to work alternate weekends (not full days), and public holidays as per a roster
  • A forklift licence is an advantage, or be willing to train to obtain a licence

Please note: All necessary PPE will be provided, but people with allergies may find the environment unsuitable due to dust and feed ingredients associated with some components.

Should you have experience in the equine world, in particular in the racing or stud industry, the potential exists for you to be involved in a motivated team focused on breeding superior racehorses. 

Those interested in applying should send a two (2) page CV with a cover letter outlining their relevant experience to [email protected]

Curator/Track & Facilities Manager (for the full job description click here)

Position Purpose: The Counties Racing Club is an established Thoroughbred Racing and Training venue based at Pukekohe Park. The current 2019/2020 Season is a milestone for the Club as it celebrates its Centennial in May 2020 The Curator/Track and Facilities Manager is responsible for leading the team that provides the maintenance and management of the Clubs four turf tracks, sand track, plough track and other horse training related infrastructure as well as the grounds and Park surrounds and all the Parks facilities (excluding the motor racing circuit). The Track and Facilities Manager will be involved in liaison with various departments from NZTR, in particular the Racing Integrity Unit and other related parties to ensure the Club is best placed to continually attract the patronage, be that with Trainers or NZTR, that allows the Club to meet its Strategic Plan.

Some of the key areas include:

  • Leading the team that provide high-quality range of services, including tracks for racing and training activities
  • Maintaining all tracks to the standard as set out by in the NZTR guidelines
  • Provide customer focused safe surfaces for Trainers at Pukekohe Park
  • Directing the team to conduct the Clubs race meetings
  • Liaising with contractors and/or suppliers in relation to tracks maintenance
  • Work in collaboration with the Clubs other Managers; Administration, Marketing and Sponsorship, Events & Motor circuit          

If you are interested in this position, please contact Greg Mitchell [email protected]

Baker / Forsman Racing Stables
Cambridge Foreperson

A vacancy exists for a Foreperson in the leading racing stable in NZ, situated in Cambridge.  It would suit a person with knowledge of the horse industry.  The applicant would need great organisational skill and experience in supervising staff.

The salary would reflect the importance of the position.

If you want a glimpse into working for the Baker / Forsman Racing Stable, see LOVERACING.NZ's video with their Strappers Aleisha Legg and Emilia Putkinen here.

Contact: To apply or for more information contact [email protected], or Andrew Forsman 027 553 3773 or Murray Baker 027 446 3381
Baker / Forsman Racing Stables
Cambridge Stablehand

A vacancy exists for Stablehand personnel.  It is a full-time position with 5.5 days working per week.  It would suit a person with knowledge of the horse industry and could lead to further roles and a career in the horse industry.

The salary would reflect the importance of the position.

Contact: To apply or for more information contact [email protected], or Andrew Forsman 027 553 3773
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