BURRUMBEET horse trainer Genevieve Browne, 34, traded her school books, upon graduation, for the race track, and has no regrets.
“I have been dabbling in it really, I was going quite well but then we had children and horses had to go on the backburner for a couple of years and now I’m starting to get back into it basically, as much as I can.” She said. Genevieve has been training since 2008 and is married to harness racing trainer/ driver Michael Stanley. From their property in Burrumbeet, which is close to the local race track, the couple trains their respective animals.
“I do ride my horses over for jump outs and stuff like that if they are held at the race track,” Genevieve said. “I have had a few wins along the way and I have had a particularly nice horse that I took to town and he looked like he was going to be a bit of fun but he unfortunately broke down in his tendons always had a lot of placings, ultra consistence.” The aim for Genevieve is to have horses racing in town, “we’ve happily done that, but to push on and set up the stable so it’s a little bit bigger is where we would like to head from here on end.”
“Having said that, my husband trains about 25 so it’s always a fight for who gets the yards,” she laughed. The young horse trainer was introduced to the sport of racing through her mum and dad, Lyn and Geoff Browne, who owned thoroughbreds. “They sent them off to Warrnambool to be trained and I basically went off and did my degree (exercise science) and I couldn’t shake the urge to be in the industry, basically, so after I completed my studies I went on and got my trainers licensee and have been involved ever since,” Genevieve said. “Mum and dad were known around the tracks, dad was fairly familiar but he has passed away, but everyone on the Burrumbeet committee would know of him.” Genevieve herself served on the committee, as secretary, for a number of years. “The guys on the committee were fantastic to work with, really passionate about the club, for a one race meeting a year club they do an absolute brilliant job, and are a profitable club as a result,” she said.
Currently Genevieve has just the one horse in work and is ready to break in his half brother. “Revelry was written up in the paper a few years ago because he had an unfortunate incident where people nearby had lit off homemade explosives and he went through several fences,” she said. “He had good preparation and he got back to the track.
“We gave him a year off and he made his way back to the track and has had a couple of unlucky placings, where he should have possibly won, so we are hoping that Burrumbeet will be his breakthrough because it will be well deserved because it’s a nice story for a horse that could have easily not been with us today, he has been a tough survivor.”