The Longmire Twins Emma and Lucy
Emma & Lucy
It will be remembered as one of the coldest race days in my memory as Goulburn threw out a classic winters day that had everybody talking about when the snow was going to fall. This is what I love about this beautiful industry, it attracts passionate and dedicated people looking to celebrate these inspiring animals we call horses.
Iwas here to meet the Longmire twins Emma and Lucy who have developed a relationship that goes further than being twin sisters who shared the same womb as they embark on their Twinstar partnership. Goulburn was quickly established in the mid 1800s and the wool industry was the fire that brought people from far and wide to build the first recognised inland city. The Big Merino is iconic for tourists but for racing enthusiasts we come here for the competitive thoroughbred horse racing.
It was a busy day as always for the Goulburn District Race Club as they prepared themselves for another meeting that attracts some of the biggest names of racing. The close proximity to the city and lucrative country prizemoney gives plenty of incentive to travel the 195km south in search of an $11,000 pay day and with the travellers being greeted with a close to zero air temperature they definitely earned it. I met Emma first who was unaffected by the environmental challenges and greeted me with a warm smile. I had heard glowing reports from people work closely with the Longmire sisters and they all would agree that you couldn’t find two happier people in racing. Emma and Lucy had a large representation from their stable on track that day and their professionalism was on show as they did what trainers do best, showcase fit and ready race horses. The owners were happy and although the results didn’t see them grace the winners stall the experience will be remembered fondly as the horses headed back to the stall and all reflect on the race just run.
The Longmire blood line is heavily ingrained in the racing industry with links to the Moses brothers of Arrowfield Stud, Fred and William. They
were the pioneers of breeding top class thoroughbreds in the Upper Hunter and were put on the map for producing the five-time Australian sire champion Valious as well as 1920 Melbourne Cup winner Poitrel. When you speak with the Longmire sisters you can see their love for the stayer and success has come over ground at the early stages of their training careers. Horses like Thunder Road and Newtown Bluebag are the stars of the stable and the city and country cups will be on the radar for these as the spring approaches with haste. Newtown Bluebag has a pretty big wrap from the stable and the 5YO Lope De Vega gelding will look to really step up after winning the TAB Highway last preparation over the mile. Lucy stated that he will look for further over the spring carnival with the listed staying events being the target for bringing out the best in him. The big question in any training partnership is who plays the predominant role. We have seen some dynamic combinations over the years with the Hawkes family, Bart and James Cummings and more recently Anthony and Edward Cummings and the father and son powerhouse of Peter and Paul Snowden. They all succeed with cohesion, cooperation and more importantly a point of difference that separates them from the pack. Emma and Lucy learnt the trade individually and after being mentored by the likes of Guy Walter and Graeme Spackman, returned to Goulburn to begin their Twinstar partnership. In regards to the dynamic at Twinstar the family demands can influence the hours that each can dedicate to training. As young mothers working in an environment that consists of long hours and loads of travel you need to be able to switch roles and remain 100% effective throughout. Emma has a lot of influence at ground level for now attending race days and ensuring that the equine athletes are ready to go for a 6am opening of the track. Lucy has recently brought another addition into the midst and ensuring the Longmire children are well directed in the hustle and bustle of the morning routine is generally her responsibility. My first phone conversation with Emma was quite entertaining as she obviously was competing with the school rush and the demands of being a trainer in this fast-talking business. Poise, multitasking and passion is required as she executed this beautifully navigating our pathway to and from school with a stop at the shops and feeding the neighbours dog. They live in neighbouring properties that house the horses and family and this gives Twinstar the advantage of knowing that you will always have family in your corner. The racing manager for Twinstar Racing is Mitch Manners who plays a major role in ensuring that the communication is top quality and the trainers are well supported. The respected race caller was the third recipient of the John Tapp Scholarship and his industry experience has been invaluable as the stable grows and demands of the owner base increase. The future looks bright for the stable and these ladies of racing won’t be going anywhere soon. It is a tight knit community and the trainers have created a harmonious environment that fosters success and with this brings attention for everyone. Emma and Lucy moved to Goulburn when they were 10 and with the accessibility to the city why would you want to
Seachange at Hastings train anywhere else.