Barry (The Boss)
Google Barry Purdon and you will find Hall of Fame, Millionaire Winners, Group 1's and thousands of other wins.
But what is Barry really like?
You would be forgiven for thinking that at this stage in his career Barry is sitting back letting the minions do the heavy lifting. This is not the case.
You have to get up pretty early to get on the yard before Barry. His ability to see the fine detail in the big picture is amazing. The way each horse is treated as an individual knowing when to be firm and when to be gentle is the sign of a master. His openness to new ideas shows that like all truly wise men his mind is still open.
Barry is a board member of the Auckland Trotting Club.
Katrina Purdon (The Actual Boss)
If Barry is the brains, then Katrina is the glue. On the yard in the mornings, making sure everything is as it should be. In the evenings, doing all the behind the scenes - some might say thankless jobs - to ensure the smooth running of the yard.
"I enjoy seeing the babies come through to grow into racehorses. It is so pleasing to see the many achievements some being quite spectacular results. There is nothing like a Group 1 winning feeling."
Scott has rejoined the team after stints in Melbourne and with the Telfer/Garlick Team.
Scott is an accomplished horseman and it is great to have him with us.
Scott also has a Trainer's Licence and works a couple of his own team.
Christopher (Whippet) Morrison
Prior to joining the team in 2014 Whippet spent several years working for Craig Demmler and Jodi Quinlan.
"It's a pleasure and a privilege to work for a legendary trainer such as Barry. Katrina and Barry are the nicest people who not only take care of their staff but the horses too."
Whippet is our track curator.
Emma comes from a racing family. She has worked for Paul Court when Terror To Love was racing and travelled extensively with the horse. She has also worked for Robert Dunn prior to joining us. Emma enjoys track work and does a great job caring for the horses.
Nathan Delaney joined our team in October 2018.
Nathan's involvement with horses commenced with Kidz Carts working with Paulette Screen then Dave McGowan and more recently with Ray Green at Lincoln Farms.
Mitchell (Mitch) Sims
Mitch came from Garry & Debbie Quinlan's stable in Melbourne and is a very important asset to our Stable.
Mitch travelled to Sydney recently with Belle Of Montana and Mach Shard.
Mitch comes from a racing background,his grandfather Wayne Innes was a prominent driver in Sydney up to 5 years ago.
Alan Beacroft was a Junior Driver when he worked for Dean Taylor in Christchurch.
Alan worked in the Building Trade and has returned to Harness Racing.
Alan can turn his hand to any maintenance job.
Alan has taken out an Amateur Licence.
Like a fine wine Paul has substance, character and earthy undertones. A graduate of the school of hard knocks Paul has seen and done it all. Simply put an excellent horseman with both the young and older horses who has been with the stable a long time. The Yetton Family is highly respected in the Thoroughbred Industry.
Paul is currently on sick leave.
Danae Price- The StableHouse Cook
Danae has joined us and keeps our staff team well fed with healthy delights. She is a fantastic cook!