Karen & Kelvin Zimmerman

Karen Zimmerman – Trainer

LOCATION: Byerley Park, South Auckland


PRINCIPAL JOCKEY:The best available, Mark Du Plessis, Lisa Allpress, Kelly McCulloch, J Riddell, H Tinsley, among others



BEST HORSES TO DATE: Govicar, Cinder Bella, Barinka, Rodin and King Of Ashford.

Granted an Owner/Trainer licence at 25, Karen trained her first winner – Apollo Bay, a horse part owned by her parents in September 1989.

Whilst working full time at the Griffins biscuit factory Karen’s licence was upgraded to a permit to train licence. Amongst the 6 horses she had in work at that time included Govicar (9 wins) and Paddy’s Wish (8 wins).

Upon being made redundant from Griffins in 1993 Karen took out a full trainers licence and moved to Levin where she purchased the property previously occupied by Errol Skelton bordering the Levin racetrack.

Due to the great results obtained by Govicar and Paddy’s Wish and the excellent way all the Zimmerman horses are turned out on raceday the team numbers swelled to 30 and with it came Group One Glory with the victory of Cinder Bella in the Captain Cook Stakes

In 1998 Karen married former Majestic Horse float driver Kelvin Zimmerman and together they are looking forward to continuing the success of Kay Zed Racing – success which has so far included a victory in New Zealand’s most glamourous and exciting race, the Group 1- Kelt Capital Stakes (2040m), along with the Group 1 – Captain Cook Stakes ( Twice ), and the Group 1 – NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes with Barinka.

In March 2017 Karen & Kelvin moved into a stable complex at Byerley Park Auckland, they have 20 spacious box’s, along with 20 paddocks,  a brand new private 8 horse walker and plenty of room, the horses will be right at home.

Karen & Kelvin also have theor own 6 horse side loading horse float, so cheaper floating trips for owners.

Be part of our Group 1 Winning formula:

  • A fantastic climate for your horses
  • Owners satisfaction is paramount
  • The very best in staff and track riders
  • Big spacious paddocks.
  • Stables right next to the training track
  • Private 8 horse walker
  • Private 6 horse truck
  • Only a short distance to the beach

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