Jamie Seccombe
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Jamie's story

Jamie Seccombe is a quiet young man who is slowly but surely making his way up the ranks of the professional Cutting Trainers in Australia. To be a cutting trainer has been a long term goal and one that he has worked hard to ensure that long term rewards are well within his reach.

Jamie Seccombe playing polocrosseJamie grew up on the family sheep and cattle property, a 60,000 acre property in the Muttaburra district. From a family of four children that attended Distance Education, he was always a farm boy and enjoyed working with the animals.

Jamie’s Mum, Pam, was the person who introduced Jamie to competition horse sports and she accompanied him when he competed in the local Pony Club, shows, hacking and dressage events.  As a teenager he became a keen polocrosse player and at age 19 he represented Queensland in the No.3 position.

After attending Toowoomba Grammar for secondary school, he headed home for a year helping with the general stockwork before attending Longreach Ag College in 2006. At Longreach he completed his Diploma in Ag. and Horse course under John Arnold. This was his introduction to superior horse education and started him on the road to become a full time trainer.

Jamie Seccombe_with the great Al Dunning
Jamie Seccombe_with the great Al Dunning

After college he spent a year with Michael Wilson in Gunnedah breaking and training horses for campdrafting and challenges. This experience was invaluable as Michael introduced him to a different perspective to horsemanship.

Returning home for the next year only increased Jamie’s desire to learn more so in 2009 he headed to Canada and the States and worked with Al Dunning, a major competition Cutting Trainer. Tragedy then struck when news of his mother’s terminal illness emerged. Jamie headed straight home to spend time with his Mum, the person he describes as being the biggest influence of his life. She sadly passed away in 2010 and Jamie took some time to adjust to the bereavement.

2015 NCHA National Finals. One Stylish Turpentine & Jamie Seccombe. $5000 Novice Champions
Photo by Ken Anderson. 2015 NCHA National Finals. One Stylish Turpentine & Jamie Seccombe. $5000 Novice Champions

He then returned to spend time with Michael Wilson before heading back to the States with Al Dunning. By this time Jamie wanted to learn everything to do with cutting, so to improve his cattle handling skills he spent a season Contract Mustering with Ben Hall, an experience he says was perfect to help hone his ability to read cattle.

It was then time to get serious about becoming a trainer so he headed to Todd Graham to learn the trade in full. Jamie’s logic was always,  ‘if you’re going to work for someone, make sure they’re the best”. Todd was a major influence and mentor to Jamie and he spent 4 years with him. Todd recommended Jamie get his own horse to compete and he purchased One Stylish Turpentine. Together they won the $5,000 Novice Title and finalled in the NCHA Classic before he sold him to concentrate on younger horses. His big break came at the 2015 NCHA Futurity when he catch rode Melody’s Cat for Todd. He won the 1st Round and finalled at his first Futurity.

Jamie & Ella-Rae Seccombe.
Jamie & Ella-Rae Seccombe.

September 2016 saw Jamie take the invaluable information and knowledge Todd had imparted to him and he made the break and started training on his own. He started with 10 horses and it all just grew from there. He now trains out of James Speed’s property, “Goodliffe”, at Springsure where he has in excess of 30 horses in work. He and wife Ella, believe in hard work with early morning starts being the focus of the day. 3.45am sees them feeding up and working horses by 5am. A break in the heat of the day in summer sees them finish up after 7pm.

The long term goals in the industry are of course to win a Futurity, but more importantly Jamie strives to be successful and earn the respect of his peers. Longer term plans include owning his own cattle property and to keep training really good horses.

Jamie's Achievements


Throughout his career Jamie has had multiple NCHA Novice and Open Cutting wins/places and multiple Campdraft and Challenge wins/places.

Cutting 2019

  • Victorian Open Derby – 6th with Hell Im Smooth (AGR leader)
  • Comet River Cutting
    • Open Futurity Co Champion with Gully Raker
    • Open Derby – Co Reserve Champion with Quicksilver Cat
    • Steve Beale Memorial Open with Hell Im Smooth
  • St George Futurity
    • Open Derby Finalist with Quicksilver Cat.
  • DDCC Toowoomba Futurity
    • Open Classic Reserve Champion with SP Request The Big Guns.
    • Open Derby Finalist with Quicksilver Cat.
    • Open Futurity Finalist with Sugar Rey Badger
  • NCHA Futurity
    • Open Limited Futurity Reserve Champion with Sugar Rey Badger
    • Gold Cup =Reserve Champion with Hell Im Smooth.
    • Open Derby – 7th with Quicksilver Cat
    • Open Futurity & Gelding Incentive  finalist with Gully Raker
  •  Chinchilla:
    • $5000 Novice placegetter (48 entries) with SP Request The Big Guns.
    • $15,000 Novice placegetter (71 entries) with Hell Im Smooth.

Cutting 2015 to 2018


  • WWC St George Futurity:
    • Open Futurity = Reserve Champion with Hell Im Smooth.
    • Open Derby – 5th with Shes Smart Lookin.


  • Chinchilla Open Cutting Champion with Reysn Hell.


  • NCHA $5000 Novice Horse title with One Stylish Turpentine.
  • NCHA Open Futurity – 5th with Melody Cat
    • GR1 =1st.  First ever Futurity.
  • NCHA Open Classic Challenge finalist with One Stylish Turpentine.


Stockmans Challenge


  • Cloncurry Stockmans Challenge Reserve Champion with Bluejay Justine
  • AJ McDonald Stockmans Challenge Champion with Willdraft Double Sure.

Sale Horses

2019 Landmark Classic

  • Lot 462 – Westlake Winston – SOLD $28,000.  [View video]
    Topped 3 yo gelding category (only $2K off the top gelding price.)

2018 Landmark Classic

  • Lot 48 – Peptos Stylish Player – SOLD $34,000.  [View video]
Facilities include:
  • Square Pen  |   Round Pen   |   Cutting arena
  • 5 Stables   |   Day yards   |   Saddle shed
  • Wash down bay   |   Showing bay

Jamie Seccombe Cutting Horses facilities

Client base

Annah's Smart Rey

  • Owned & ridden by Kelly O’Toole


  • NCHA Limited Non Pro Futurity Champion.

Lady Exces

  • Owned by James Speed.
  • Ridden by Melissa Speed.


  • NCHA Amateur Derby Reserve Champion.


  • Owned by Janelle Kupfer Simpson.
  • Ridden by Brienna Simpson.


  • Comet Futurity NP Classic Champions.

Quicksilver Cat

Owned by Comet Downs cattle Trust/Armstrong family.



  • Nebo $115,000 Novice Champions.
  • 2018 NCHA Open Futurity GR1.  [View video]


  • NCHA sale topper.  Sold for $90,000 as a yearling.
Video Gallery



  • NCHA Open Futurity GR1 – Quicksilver Cat.  [View video]
  • NCHA Open Futurity GR2 – Hell Im Smooth.  [View video]
  • NCHA Open Derby GR2 – Shes Smart Looking[View video]
  • Landmark Classic – Lot 48 – Peptos Stylish Player – SOLD $34,000.  [View video]


  • NCHA Open Classic – One Stylish Turpentine.
  • NCHA Open Futurity GR1 – Melody’s Cat[View video]
  • NCHA Futurity Finalist upcoming trainer Jamie Seccombe talks with Fiona Tranter.  [View video]


Jamie Seccombe
Springsure   QLD  4722

Tel: 07 4984 4012
Jamie: 0428 587 155
Ella: 0402 253 183
E: jimseccombe@hotmail.com

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