Born and raised on the South Island, Janine began riding horses at an early age. She has enjoyed a successful career as a horse breeder and trainer, earning multiple championships throughout New Zealand in both English and Western disciplines, and in particular the reining.


In 2016 Janine established her own training operation in the Maruia Valley, Buller. She trains and shows Western and English horses and offers rider coaching. Janine also qualified as a NZRHA judge in 1997 and professionally judges halter, English and Western show classes


One of her most memorable accomplishments was winning the Senior Reining and Western Riding at the 2012 National Appaloosa Show on Rock N Man, a pure bred appaloosa by her own stallion, Joker’s Fire'n'Ice. Janine continues to be consistently placed at western riding competitions, winning open reserve champion multiple times on horses that she has trained.  


In addition to her depth of experience, skill and natural riding ability, Janine is well known for her professionalism, showmanship, and confident personality. She hosts a number of horsemanship clinics in the South Island across multiple equine disciplines.


Janine is an NZWR accredited horse show judge.  She has many years of experience judging a variety of disciplines including:


  • western riding
  • showmanship
  • breed shows
  • miniature horses etc. 

​Confirmed Judging outings for 2018


  • Taupo
  • Wairarapa

​Personal Training activities


  • Craig Johnson clinic
  • SI Reining Show





Janine and horse Rox

meet janine GIBBS