The Team

Steven Pateman – Trainer

Born and raised in Margaret River WA Steve’s riding career started in the show ring age 5, following in the footsteps of older sister Carla.  Steven then spent his early teenage years competing in showjumping and eventing.  At age 15 a family friend who was a long time employee of the late Peter Hayes organised a summer holiday job at Lindsay Park in Angaston SA and he never returned home.   Lindsay Park, as it still is to this day was a powerhouse in racing and it is here that Steve became completely hooked on horse racing.

Steven rode in his first hurdle race at Gawler age 17, his 13th ride was a winner and the rest is history.   He has gone on to become Australia’s most winningest Jumps Jockey racking up 380+ jumps winners over a 17 year career.  Only the Australian Steeplechase alludes him, having won every other feature race two or more times including:

4 Grand National Hurdles (consecutively)
4 Great Eastern Steeple Chases
5 Crisp Steeple Chases (All for Trainer Ciaron Maher)
2 Grand Annual Steeple Chases
3 Grand National Steeple Chases

Steve has ridden in 6 different countries riding winners in Ireland, America and New Zealand

The urge to train has always been there for Steven and thanks to Racing Victoria’s re-instatement of the Dual Licence and the purchase of a property at Barwon Heads this dream has been made a reality far sooner.

Trainers Steven has worked for:

Australia 

Peter Hayes
Tony McEvoy
Robbie Laing
Eric Musgrove
Mick Kent
Robert Smerdon
Ciaron Maher

UK/Ireland

Charles Edgerton
Phillip Hobbs
Willie Mullins

America

Graham Motion

Given his experience working for a vast variety of trainers all over the world Steven is able to apply this knowledge to his own team horses.  Coupled with years of riding experience he is able to create a very individualised training program for each horse.

Jessica Barton – Assistant Trainer

Jess grew up in Warrnambool, Victoria, the home of jumps racing in Australia.  Her career began in the show ring at age 7 and she spent years travelling the country competing.  Her love of Thoroughbreds started as a teenager producing and campaigning a number of horses off the track through to Horse of the Year and Royal Show wins.  After winning the 2006 Barastoc Horse of the Year at age 18, Jess decided to retire from the show ring, this is when her showjumping career commenced.

In 2008 Jess groomed for Laurie Lever at the Beijing Olympics, held in Hong Kong gaining much exposure into what it takes to manage horses as athletes travelling and competing at the highest level. Jess has worked and trained with a number of top Showjumping riders and trainers around Australia and Germany

Jess is now a Grand Prix and World Cup Showjumper who is renowned for her ability to educated and produce young showjumping horses through to the top level and she has now turned her hand to racing.

Jess places a lot of importance on the education of their team of race horses.  With the view that it not only improves the way in which the horses can be conditioned but also makes the jockey’s job both on the flat and over jumps, much easier race day.

Buttons

Buttons is our stable lead pony, he deserves a mention as he is a very valuable member of our team.  He is only 16/17 years young and much faster than he looks!  He is an outstanding lead pony and race day companion.

Farrier – Andrew Long

Vet – Emma Stella-Hall
Geelong District Equine Practice