Team Moemoea

“Excellence through passion and drive”


jimmyJim Cherry was born in New Zealand and started riding at the tender age of 2. He broke in his first horse at just 8 years of age and from there his passion and dedication for horses and the race horse industry has grown exponentially. He started horse breaking as a career when he was 19 and worked alongside his father former Manawatu jockey Steven Cherry for a number of years, until a move saw him start working for Brett Cavanough of Cavanough Racing in both Tocumwal and Albury Australia. He gained great knowledge of the industry, its practices and the high standards expected on his path to becoming Brett’s breaker and foreman. Whilst working at Cavanough Racing he played a major role in the breaking in and pre training of horses for the likes of Peter Moody, Mick Price, Newhaven Stud and Patinack Farm.

Jimmy has now moved on and we wish Jimmy and Samone the very best in their new career paths.

dannyDan Cherry was born in Australia and is affectionately known as Dingo, he too started his riding career as soon as he could walk and enjoyed working alongside his father until moving to become a track rider at Cliff Brown’s Racing Stable for 1 ½ years, he followed this with 1 ½ years stint working for Rex Lipp in Toowoomba until his brother asked him to move to Albury and work for Cavanaugh Racing. Danny jumped at the opportunity to work with his brother and the two formed a strong partnership. Soon after Jimmy’s departure from Cavanaugh racing, Danny took over the reins as foreman/breaker where he remained until his move back to New Zealand.



Stephanie Tierney was born in New Zealand and comes from a strong dairy farming background. With over 12 years’ experience in the Equine and Bovine industries her attention to detail and animal husbandry is paramount. Spending 5 years in Western Australia, where her passion for thoroughbreds began, starting out as a track rider and enjoying success as an amateur race day rider. Her passion for training in particular was always priority taking on race day responsibilities, education of youngsters and assisting with the training and development of apprentice jockeys.  On return from Australia she spent two years with Pencarrow Racing before a move to Matamata saw her take on her own business sole-charge relief farming, breaking in and pre-training for a number of clients for a further two years.Since joining Moemoea Park in late 2015 Steph has assisted in the breaking in, pre training and full educational experience that Team Moemoea provides. In mid-2016 Steph received her Trainers Licence and is enjoying her dream with the start of a boutique racing stable.


Their dream is to use their passion, drive and team work to create one of the best racehorse education facilities in New Zealand.