Introducing Kerry McGinity
Westbury Stud’s Matamata and Karaka operations require resilient infrastructure to support the hustle and bustle of one of New Zealand’s leading thoroughbred stud farms, and to realise this potential we have a dedicated maintenance team to form the back bone of our farms and we are fortunate to have this team of people guided by Kerry McGinity.
Kerry immersed himself with the challenge of becoming Head of Operations in December 2019, bringing a wealth of farming experience, leadership and fresh, innovative ideas to contribute towards the development of Westbury Stud. His positivity, knowledge and work ethic has seen him transition seamlessly into managing the several hundred acres spread across the Auckland and Waikato region, and while thoroughbreds are a whole new world to Kerry it hasn’t taken him long to learn the ins and outs of a stud farm.
Kerry comes from a farming background, born on the family dairy farm in Maihiihi, Otorohanga, a rural community in the Waikato region and eventually raised in Te Puke when the family shifted to nursing kiwifruit orchards. Although he wasn’t always keen to follow the family tradition during his teenage years with rather a keen interest in playing rugby. His first paid job as a teenager saw him working with a fencing contractor, at the same time rugby had become a serious part of Kerry’s life and after he was given the opportunity to play in Ireland for a short stint at 20 Kerry realised he had no qualifications and had the desire to take a step towards enhancing his education.
Kerry always held an interest in cooking and hospitality and after certifying his culinary skills it wasn’t long before Kerry was getting a taste of life as a professional cook. Taking on a career as a chef presented the opportunity to travel across New Zealand, working with specialists, running restaurants and resorts, and catering for the All Blacks, MTV Music Awards and rock legend Jimmy Barnes! He cherishes the experiences his career had presented to him, most memorably the people and connections he’s made along the way, working for the likes of Simon Gault and Jim Van der Poel.
Farm life was beckoning and Kerry settled back into dairy farming while raising a young family for the next 12 years. Being the ambitious person he is, Kerry sought after a new challenge and it was the ability to utilise his skills whilst being involved in a different environment that appealed the most. His days are spent organising his team to get the day-to-do activities complete, managing pasture, fencing and an extensive herd of dry stock while also focusing on future projects and working alongside the Stud Managers to assist in the functions of the breeding operations.
It’s not too often Kerry is not working but when he does take some time to himself he loves to spend it with his kids, one of whom attends University, watching sports (especially rugby!)or being on the surfboard catching the next wave.
Kerry is passionate to have Westbury’s properties running to the best of their abilities from upholding the picturesque scenery to the practical functions of everyday farming life and hopes to utilise his expertise to bring through young and motivated people who want to progress in their careers while giving the ultimate Westbury experience from the moment you drive through the front gates.