Success only comes when preparation and opportunity meet
Based in Rangiora, North Canterbury Gavin Smith Racing Stables is operated by Gavin Smith. A well-established training complex with easy access to Woodend beach and Rangiora Racecource gives Gavin a fully functional training facility, the complex has a 1000 metre banked training track, sand jogging track, horse walker and modern stable and boxes.
An early start saw Gavin work at Murray & Marcus Hamiltons in his school holidays at the tender age of 13, he then moved on to Doug Gales stables with after school work for 2 1/2 years before moving to Christchurch to work in Mark Purdon's All Star Stables for 3 years.
Gavin won the junior drivers premiership in his last year as a junior while working for David & Catherine Butt for 4 years.
A move to Hamilton for Graham Rogerson and Peter Simpson was followed by a campaign with Steven Reid Stables before taking a working holiday in Perth with Gary Hall & Greg Harper after working with and observing many different training styles an opportunity to start up as a trainer happened in 2010 with facilities being obtained in 2012.