Andrew Fitzgerald is heading north to Auckland where he will team up with Steve Telfer, Jill Stockman and Steve Stockman.
Andrew Fitzgerald is looking forward to the next chapter of his career in harness racing with Stonewall Stud in Ardmore.
The Canterbury trainer and junior driver is set to move to Auckland after being appointed at the well-appointed property headed by Steve Telfer.
Fitzgerald’s career was left at a crossroads when Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) ended his tenure as their form analyst for the now defunct Trottech service towards the end of last year.
While at HRNZ, Fitzgerald trained a small team alongside trainer Matt Purvis.
It was on a trip to Auckland with Purvis’ horses that his career would take a significant upward turn last month.
“I was just in the right spot at the right time,” Fitzgerald said.
“I obviously stayed there when I took Matt’s horses up and we went out for lunch one day.
“We were talking about what I had been doing and what I wanted to do and Steve Stockman (Stonewall Stud Co-Principal) asked if I was floating around and if I was flexible about moving.
“The next day we started talking details about it.
“I am definitely looking forward to it.
“It is good to land on my feet again, it didn’t really know what I was going to do over the last two months; I was going through options and thinking of what I could do.”
Fitzgerald will help Telfer work horses in the morning before doing owner-related work later in the day.
His focus will be on owner communication, social media and website work and ownership promotion, he said.
“We are going to put a bit of time in to a website where if you own with Stonewall you will be able to log on and everything about your horse will be there and you will be able to track it every day.”
Fitzgerald has previously dabbled in syndication, so being part of Stonewall Stud extending its ownership base through syndication is effectively his dream job.
“The Stockmans want to go to the sales and buy 10-15 horses and syndicate them.
“It is probably everything I wanted to do down here, but without the financial pressure on myself.”
Fitzgerald said he will take one horse north and will continue to hold his junior drivers licence.
“I will take Black Art up, I reckon it will suit him because they run along a bit up there.”
He said he was also keen to hear from South Island owners keen to cash in on Alexandra Park’s good stakes.