Champagne Racing was officially founded at the beginning of the 2003 season (1 August) when Shane Kennedy was granted his full trainer's license. Shane and co-Director Louis Vieceli have been in partnership for eight years purchasing and racing horses.
Shane grew up in a trotting family and rode horses competitively from 8-15years – racing horses is in the blood! He progressed to riding track work for thoroughbreds in Central Otago.
Shane also owns and operates a successful Canterbury business, Fencing Industries Ltd.
Growing up in town Anna did not come from a horse background, although her family have a real soft spot for them now.
She started her horse career at Max Skelton's Sandow riding school at age 9 riding ponies and caring for the horses. After high school she started work for Shane full time and hasn't looked back.
A 3 year break saw her complete veterinary nursing following 2 years at Canterbury Equine Clinic.
After qualifying her bug for racing drew her back to Champagne Racing where she was offered training partnership with her first winner coming in April 2012.
Shane thinks of the horses in his stable as athletes, not just horses. Each horse/athlete is unique, has different strengths, different motivational factors, takes different amounts of work, time and food to maximise performance. Shane’s training technique recognises this and adapts individual training schedules accordingly. The one thing the horses must have in common is the correct attitude – the desire to WIN!
Clients include several top New Zealand studs, with owners from around New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.
Classic Clare won the Southern Filly of the Year 2003 Award – Shane’s first coup on track in his first season training!
The secret behind it all….
Combining the passion for racing, for horses and sport, with that competitive edge, while maintaining essential business skills.