Staff Profile | Jaimee Gowler
She’s an accomplished horsewoman and is charged with the responsibility of managing one of (if not) the largest consignment of yearlings in the world. Meet our Yearling Manager, Jaimee Gowler.
Q What is your role at Waikato Stud and what are some of your main responsibilities?
A I am the Yearling Manager, and my main responsibilities include looking after and preparing the yearlings for the Karaka yearling sale.
Q How long have you been working in the Thoroughbred industry and how did you first get involved?
A I have been working in the thoroughbred industry for about 8 years now. I started breaking-in horses at Courtza Park here at Waikato which came about throughDouglas Duncan who I used to polo groom for.
Q Most memorable/ favourite yearling sold from Waikato Stud’s draft?
A The most memorable for me would probably have to be the Savabeel x Posy filly from last year’s draft. She was the highest priced yearling we have ever sold at Waikato Stud and it was a pretty exciting moment. I’ve had a few favourites…but they’re all my favourites!
Q What time of year do you get most excited about on the farm?
A Definitely yearling prep. I just love having all the horses in, educating them and watching them improve from day to day. It’s also very rewarding to see the final product walk through the sales ring.
Q Who has been most influential in your career development so far?
A I’m going to say, my Dad. He has passed on so much of his knowledge and I use the horse skills he taught every day. What he taught me has gotten me to where I am now.
Q What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
A Cheese, chocolate and a good gin and tonic.
Q Biggest life accomplishment so far?
A I think that’s still to come.
Q What do you most enjoy doing in your spare time?
A Brunching or enjoying a good cheeseboard with friends and family.
Q Best piece of advice?
A Don’t sweat the small stuff.
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