About Us


Shane Kennedy

Shane has held a professional trainer license in Canterbury for 16 years and during that time has trained 275 winners, 19 at group and listed level including a Group 1 victory with Hurrah in 2005.

The passion Champagne Racing has always had, is to look after our owners and keep everyone informed and updated about their horse. Shane has a strong desire to see the thoroughbred industry change in a way that gives owners the reward they deserve for the huge financial outlay they put in. His goal in the near future is to train another group one winner with training partner Anna.


Anna Furlong

Growing up in town Anna did not come from a horse background, although her family have a real soft spot for them now.

She started her horse career at Max Skelton's Sandow riding school at age 9 riding ponies and caring for the horses. After high school she started work for Shane full time and hasn't looked back.

A 3 year break saw her complete veterinary nursing following 2 years at Canterbury Equine Clinic.

After qualifying her bug for racing drew her back to Champagne Racing where she was offered training partnership with her first winner coming in April 2012.

The Champagne Racing Philosophy


Shane thinks of the horses in his stable as athletes, not just horses. Each horse/athlete is unique, has different strengths, different motivational factors, takes different amounts of work, time and food to maximise performance. Shane’s training technique recognises this and adapts individual training schedules accordingly. The one thing the horses must have in common is the correct attitude – the desire to WIN!

Clients include several top New Zealand studs, with owners from around New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.

Classic Clare won the Southern Filly of the Year 2003 Award – Shane’s first coup on track in his first season training!

The secret behind it all….

Combining the passion for racing, for horses and sport, with that competitive edge, while maintaining essential business skills.

And MOST importantly – ENJOYMENT!