Experienced horsewoman Pam Gerard is set to take the place of Ballymore Stables’ Matamata resident trainer Chad Ormsby.
Ballymore proprietor and senior trainer Mike Moroney today announced
that Gerard has been appointed following Ormsby’s decision to step back
from his role as the operation’s New Zealand-based trainer.
“Chad is one of the finest young horsemen in the country and has
established himself as an accomplished and promising trainer,” Moroney
“I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank him for his
efforts and input into Ballymore Stables since he came into the
partnership in the 2011-12 season.”
In less than a decade as a jockey, Ormsby rode just short of 300
winners until increasing weight forced him to look at other avenues in
racing. That led to his Ballymore role during which his standing in the
industry has gone to yet another level.
At age 27, however, he has decided that at some stage in the near
future he would like to travel and take in other aspects of life which
due to his busy racing activities have not been possible.
“I’m not going anywhere just yet though,” Ormsby said. “Mike has
asked me to remain part of Ballymore during the transition, so I’ll
continue to ride trackwork as well as breaking in the new crop of
Pam Gerard trained a total of 91 winners in her own right prior to
moving north and commencing as assistant trainer with the successful Te
Akau operation in 2011 and she has played a pivotal role since as senior
This season she was repositioned to manage Te Akau’s South Island
branch, from where she played a crucial role last November in the New
Zealand 1000 and 2000 Guineas double by Risque and Xtravagant. Her
overall input during that period produced 17 wins and 10 placings from
36 starters, including the two Group Ones referred to and another five
Gerard has always harboured a desire to train in her own name again
and Ormsby, who completed his jockey apprenticeship with her and her
partner, former leading jumps jockey Tom Hazlett, was instrumental in
facilitating the new training partnership.
While he is looking forward to the next stage in Ballymore’s
development, Moroney will also reflect on the successes of the past few
“Chad has played a key role in our operation, which during his time
with Ballymore has produced 115 wins, including six at Group or Listed
level for prize-money just short of $2 million.
“Our most notable achievement in partnership was training two
additional winners of the Wellington Cup (Graphic and Mister
Impatience), taking Ballymore’s tally in the time-honoured race to four.
“It’s very important that we have young talented horsemen such as
Chad in our industry and we know he will continue to succeed. We wish
him all the very best in his future endeavours.
“Pam brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and horsemanship to the
table and we are very excited to have secured her,” Moroney said. “She
will be assisted by my established senior New Zealand-based staff -
foreman Scott Magee, racing manager Nick Fairweather and our long-time
office manager Dorothy Lennard.
“I am confident that the experience and knowledge within our Matamata
operation will ensure that this combination will be a formidable and
successful one for our owners.”