We have a wonderful team of experienced and loyal staff that contribute to making Emsley Lodge the unique training facility that it is.
Some of the staff have many years of experience in the industry and a couple are new recruits keen to learn but they all play their own important role in the care and developement of our team of horses.
We value and appreciate their skill, their love of the horses and the hard work they do every day.
We would like to introduce them to you.
Jamie is your classic hands-on trainer who is passionate about his horses and achieving the best results for his owners.
Born into a Queensland racing family, Jamie has followed his dream and trained Group winners in the country surrounds of Emsley Lodge at Freshwater Creek, on the outskirts of Geelong.
His grand-fathers Bill Edwards and Charlie Bawden were both trainers in Townsville while his father Jimmy Edwards was a jockey in northern Queensland.
But it was his uncle, Ashley Bawden, a former leading Sydney apprentice, that taught him most about horses.
A day after his 15th birthday Jamie became apprenticed to Bawden and in three years rode 39 winners before he got too heavy and joined Keith Dryden's Canberra stable as a foreman.
In 1991 Jamie moved to Melbourne and had two-year stints as the stable foreman with Rick Hore-Lacy and Mick Price before leasing a property at Mount Macedon where broke horses as well as pre-trained for Tony Vasil and Gerald Ryan.
Among his achievements was the design and development of Macedon Lodge which later became the home of several Lloyd Williams-owned Melbourne Cup winners.
In 1997 Jamie was granted a trainers licence and All The Difference was his first winner at Ballarat in June that year and Angel Love his first city success at Moonee Valley in February 1999.
Jamie has now trained close to 400 winners including a career-high 44 winners in the 2018-19 season.
Group 1 performer Sertorius won $1.28 million in prizemoney and finished 12th in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, in which he was the only Australian bred, owned and trained runner.
Among the son of Galileo’s achievements were wins in the Gr2 Zipping Classic, Gr3 Easter Cup, Listed Bendigo Cup, as well as placings in the Gr1 Futurity Stakes and Gr1 Sydney Cup.
Jamie is always searching for his next classic winner after success with SA Derby and VRC St Leger winner Lazer Sharp and SA Oaks winner Dream The Deam.
Among Jamie's other notable city winners are Tarathea, Sand Belt, Straight Legs, Air Cooled and more recently Fill The Flute, Prince Ziggy, and Macrobius.
In 2017, eldest son James joined the stable as the assistant trainer and another son Darby now helps out with general stable duties.
Janet is Jamie's wife and is an integral part of the stables' success.
Janet is always available to help with an account or ownership query....or to assist in drinking a glass of champagne in the owners winners circle.
Our number one "lady in racing" ...and the other lady is Gai Waterhouse!!
James completed VCE at St. Joseph's College in Geelong in 2014. Since James was young he has loved the horses and has always been keen & enthusiastic about racing and the industry.
As soon as he finished school in 2014 he secured a job at Rosemont Stud in Ceres and enjoyed his full-time position there assisting with their yearling & weanling preparation.
In 2016 he commenced working with the Stallions at Gnarwarre and divided his time between both the Rosemont establishments.
When he was available he would attend the occasional race meeting to assist with an Emsley Lodge Runner.
In February 2017 James decided to join his father and the team at Emsley Lodge as an assistant trainer. James work ethic coupled with his passion and commitment to the family business makes him a huge asset to Emsley Lodge.
James is also a great form expert so we rely on him for his input and opinion.
He is pictured here above strapping his first city winner "KAWABATA" on 5/7/2017. But his most special Win was with "Severn Road" in the 2013 Traralgon Cup.
Trent Germaine is a former city apprentice who started at Emsley Lodge in November 2016 after moving across from the Mick Price stable.
Trent has also ridden in North Queensland and working closely with the Ledger team in Wangaratta.
On a typical day, Trent rides trackwork and trials in at Geelong before making his way out to the Emsley Lodge farm to ride the stable gallops. Trent has formed a special affiliation on stable favourite Severn Road being the stable's third apprentice to claim victory on the gelding. Trent continues to gain experience and no doubt has a bright future.
(Trent is pictured above after the exciting win of Severn Road at Geelong on the 22nd of September 2017).