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Lisa Latta – Horse Trainer

Address: Racecourse Road, Awapuni, Palmerston North
Phone: 021 782 253
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  • Lisa Latta – Horse Trainer
    Winner of the NZ Racing Trainer’s Premiership, 2013 – 2014 season

    Lisa Latta is currently New Zealand’s top trainer, having won the Premiership title for the 2013 – 2014 season just ended. As of the November 2014, Lisa has trained over 660 winners with total prize money of $12 million.


    Lisa Latta has been proving herself at the top of New Zealand’s Trainers Premiership for years.

    This last season (2013/2014) she finished 1st with a total of 87 winners with $1.6 Million in prize money.
    With the Lisa Latta Stables, it’s very much about quality performance and getting results
    Her success is obvious in New Zealand with almost every big feature race in the country you will find at least one galloper in her famous purple colours.
    With stables at both Palmerston North and Riccarton, she can provide a quality service for you thoroughbred having faith in her talented staff and ‘second to none’ facilities.
    Get in touch today to give your thoroughbred investment the best chance for success, or to be put on the right track regarding finding your next champion racehorse.

    Stables – at two locations

    Lisa’s main stable is situated at the Awapuni Racecourse, in Palmerston North. She is nicely located in the Central Districts and can travel to all parts of the North Island freely, enabling her to place her horses for the right races. Her stable facilities are of the highest quality and her horses thrive in the environment.
    Additionally, Lisa has expanded her training services to establish a stable in at Riccarton, in Christchurch. This has been a strategic development to not only service her South Island clientele but also allows her stable facilities when she takes her North Island horses south to contest races in that region.
    With experienced and knowledgeable staff you can rest assured that your thoroughbred investment is in very good hands.

    About Lisa

    Lisa started with horses from a very young age, being brought up on her parent’s farm at Balclutha in Otago. By the age of five Lisa had learned to ride her first pony, and from there she began attending pony club and soon after that the shows. Many ribbons were won and Lisa’s affinity with horses saw her spending every minute with them.

    She was either hunting, competing in one-day events or show jumping. Lisa was soon attracted to the Rodeo’s and at 14 she became the youngest ever person in New Zealand to be ranked in the top 10 for Barrel Racing and at 16 Lisa was a New Zealand Champion Barrel Racer.

    Lisa knew she wanted to work with horses and was always helping her father break them in. It was through one of her fathers’ friends that Lisa became associated with successful trainer Malcolm Smith and she moved to New Plymouth to work for him. Over the next 12 years, Lisa followed Malcolm first to Feilding and then Palmerston North, working her way up to stable foreman and then into partnership with him.

    Unfortunately a year and a half later, tragedy struck when Malcolm died suddenly. This thrust Lisa into the limelight and she took over as sole trainer with the encouragement of her and Malcolm’s owners. She has thrived since then and now has a well-established base at Awapuni and an impressive training record.

    Lisa loves training horses and her goals are straight forward. “I want to win more Group One races and would particularly like to win the NZ Derby.”

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