Te Akau Team Member of the Month

Date: 6 Feb 2020

Te Akau Team Member of the Month

Te Akau is proud to announce our January "Team Member of the Month" - Mette Mosebo, Stable Foreman of our colt barn ...

“Mette is a really important part of the team,” said trainer Jamie Richards. “She's come a long way since she's been with us and her skill set is really excellent in looking after these valuable horses.

“She has a very good understanding of horse heath and has been very well taught by Scott Lucock, the manager of our colt barn. Scott has been tremendous teaching the younger staff and this translates into the great way the horses are performing from the colt barn.

“Mette is a very good horsewoman that can handle the colts and a young lady who wears her heart on her sleeve. She gets quite emotional when the horses run well and that's a great sign of her love for both the job and the horses. It's very satisfying to see the horses race well and the staff getting such a thrill out it, too.”

Mette Mosebo:

I saddle and swim horses, assist with treatments, oversee horses on the treadmill and basically do everything other riding. I do a lot of organising of things for the colt barn, supporting Scott (Lucock) to ensure each horse has personal attention and I organise the staff.

Scott took me under his wing about two years ago, when he started, and he's taught me a lot and has always been my biggest supporter. He's always looked after me and without him I probably wouldn't have got as far. He's always pushed me and given me a lot of confidence with the colts. I always look for a challenge and I seem to get on better with the boys.

It really is a privilege getting to work with all these really good horses and that's what definitely makes you wake up at 2.30 in the morning to take care of them.

I like the team spirit and culture we have at Te Akau. Everybody here aims to be the best they can. We have a lot of people coming in with big dreams and hoping to advance. I started off as a stable-hand, mucking out boxes, and two years on I'm a foreman.

It's a top-class place to work. I haven't worked at a place this
organised before. We have high-class horses and great staff, and Jamie
(Richards) is our leader and the person we look up to a lot. He's the first one
there in the morning and seeing him working really hard motivates all the staff
to put in a lot of work as well. It's really good and we have a good team.

David (Ellis) and Karyn (Fenton-Ellis MNZM) have both been very
good to me and looked after me from day one. They assisted me with a lot of my
visa work and being from overseas they have put a lot of faith in me as a young
girl looking after the colts. I owe a lot to both of them. If you want to be
the best, you've got to work with the best.

People often forget how many jobs Te Akau are providing, here in
Matamata, and out at the farm. David has given people second chances, or some
might have a rough time in life, but he gives them a chance and I don't think
you find that in a lot of places. He wants to help people and it's pretty
amazing how long some staff have worked for Te Akau. They make people feel
appreciated and give them an opportunity to step up.

You can't take away how good it was to look after and win the Triple Crown with Melody Belle this season. Creating history is pretty special and being a small part of her history has been amazing. They always say, it only takes one good horse to put you on the map and she's probably the one horse that did it. But, winning the Karaka Million with Cool Aza Beel meant just as much because he's a horse I've spent a lot of time and energy taking him to the races. He's not straightforward, but when he crossed the finish line first that was a very emotional moment for me. It's one of the races I've always wanted to win, and ran second with Aotea Lad last year. And to win with a horse that wasn't even a favourite was super special.

I can't take it away that Cool Aza Beel is quite special, but I also have a soft spot for Sword of Oman because he was my first stakes' winner. I also do a lot of work with Te Akau Shark and strap Melody Belle, too, but they are everybody's favourites. It's hard to pick one because you have a stable full of horses and you care for all of them the same.

I was riding dressage at top level when I was a little girl and got
into med school, but think I was a bit immature to finish at that time, so I
wanted some work experience and started to travel to New Zealand. Five years on
and I'm working in the racing industry and I'm hooked on it.

Matamata is a small town with a lot to offer. We have the Kaimai's (ranges) right next to us and it's spacious. You can have city life, nearby, and we can send horses to a spelling farm five minutes down the road, so we have a bit of everything. I like the fact that it's not crowded and we can get the relaxed country style without being totally country.

David (Ellis) and Karyn (Fenton-Ellis) introduced the monthly award as a way of saying thanks to all the team, from themselves and also on behalf of the owners, in appreciation that the horses are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential.

“I keep saying that because these people love horses they're prepared to get up at 3.30 a.m. in winter and summer, rain, hail, and shine,” Ellis said.

“We create opportunities for young people to get involved in a thoroughbred business that we try to run as professionally as we can, and also employ people that have spent their careers working in the industry and bring enormous amounts of experience.”

The team member of the month receives a cash prize and overall winner an all expenses paid trip for two to the Gold Coast.


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