Rita Englebrecht was a joyful grandmother over the festive season with the news that her 21-year-old granddaughter Gabrielle is to start off the new year as a new licenced trainer. It is a registration that provides the family with the rare trifecta of having three generations currently operating as trainers.
Rita prepares a small string at her stables adjacent the Skellatar Park track at Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley and Gabrielle's father is the prominent Warwick Farm trainer Steve Englebrecht. Steve started his career at Muswellbrook, a centre where his late father, Ron, established a reputation as one of the Hunter Valley's leading conditioners, including preparing the Baguette sprinter Romantic Dream, a winner at two of the QTC Sires' Produce Stakes and second in the Golden Slipper and Todman Slipper Trial.
Romantic Dream also won the good Newcastle sprint, the Cameron Handicap, twice. It was a race that Ron Englebrecht won five times, also succeeding in it twice with Without Reproach and in another year his charge Ochre was awarded the race on disqualification of first past the post Master Ritz.
Ron was one of three sons of a local dairy farming family to become trainers at Muswellbrook. Another was the father of Jeff, a current prominent trainer whose horses includes Newton's Rings, winner to date of 17 races, including the Gosford Pacesetter Stakes, Tamworth Cup and six in Sydney and placed in two Group 2s, the Sydney Tattersalls Club Chelmsford Stakes and STC Shannon Stakes. Jeff is one of three Englebrechts who are licensed at Muswellbrook at this time.
Although she is only 21, the newest member of the Englebrecht dynasty of trainers, Gabrielle, has had widespread experience in horse care, starting off helping out at her father's Warwick Farm stables, and riding trackwork with him. Steve still rides many of his horses.
In addition to her association with her father, Gabrielle has travelled the world, working with top trainers in New Zealand, Singapore and England and also having a stint at the Hayes family's celebrated racing and breeding complex Lindsay Park at Angaston in South Australia.