MEET THE TEAM
‘Success is a team effort’
We have a wonderful team of experienced and loyal staff who contribute to making Emsley Lodge a unique training facility.
Some of the staff have many years of experience in the industry while others are keen to learn and all play an important role in the care and development of our team of horses.
We value and appreciate their skill, their love of the thoroughbred 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 more than 500 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, Macrobius, Minyinga and Little Miss Gutsaa..
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.
Janet is also an organiser of the annual Pink Angel Race Day at Geelong in January which raises money for Geelong’s Breast Care Nurses.
James completed VCE at St. Joseph’s College in Geelong in 2014.
As soon as he finished school he secured a job at Rosemont Stud in Ceres and enjoyed his full-time position there assisting with their yearling and weanling preparation.
In 2016 he started working with the stallions at Gnarwarre and divided his time between both the Rosemont establishments.
In February 2017 James joined his father Jamie 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.
FARM MAINTENANCE MANAGER/STABLEHAND
Darby has enthusiastically embraced his role at Emsley Lodge since joining the team as the Maintenance Manager in 2019.
The middle son of Jamie and Janet, he is a popular laid-back character.
Maintenance of the farm is on-going and at times challenging but if the job needs to be done, then Darby is your man.
He has dubbed himself “Big Jobs” and appears regularly on the stable’s weekly video report where he has built up a following highlighting his tasks around the stable.
STABLEHAND / STRAPPER
Lenny has long been apart of the Emsley team.
His association with the stable dates back to 2015 and he has decades of experience.
Lenny grew up in Adelaide where he was born and early on got the racing bug from his Grandpa who would take him to South Australian race meetings when he wa sonly 12-years-old.
He was the stable rider for Mount Gambier’s E C Thompson, who was the premier SA country trainer, in the 1960s and was stable foreman for 15 years.
Lenny treasures the memory of riding 3-time Group 1 winning sprinter Redelva in trackwork while among his most satisfying wins as a jockey was the Easter Cup at Penola. He also owned Lake Bolac Cup winner Brinkman.
Lenny was a track rider for the Emsley Lodge until 2019, and now is very much hands-on as a strapper and stablehand who gets a big thrill when the stable gets a winner.
Undoubtedly, Lenny is one of racing’s characters and we love it when he regales his stories of the past.
Maddi is our stable apprentice.
Born and bred in Geelong, Maddi has ridden horses most of her life and worked at Rosemont Stud before joining our team in November 2019.
Eager to learn, Maddi honed her skills riding in trials since April 2020 before kicking off her race riding career in 25 November 2021.
At only her fifth race ride she landed her first winner on the Emsley Lodge-trained Grable at Warrnambool on December 9.
Nigel is an important part of the Emsley Lodge team with his hands-on experience. As a senior track rider he provides outstanding feedback to Jamie and James after track gallops.
An affable character, he is also hands-on with other aspects of the farm including track maintenance, and he loves a joke.
STABLEHAND / TRACK RIDER
Kathleen is obsessed with horses.
She grew up around broodmares and foals and has been riding since she was three-years-old.
Kathleen has been an asset to Emsley Lodge since joining the team early in 2019 and one day hopes to take out a trainers licence.
Tanisha was always going to have a career around horses.
She owned her first horse when she was 11-years-old and seized the opportunity to get involved with racehorses about three years ago.
She worked for trainer Danny O’Brien at his Barwon Heads stables and also spent time at Epona Park.
Tanisha joined the Emsley Lodge team in April 2019.
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