Gresford Show – Plenty of Off the Track Horses Competing

Our NSW Thoroughbred Club Ambassador – Trina Crawford, attended the Gresford Show on 9 March which offered two full days of competitive events and exhibitions.

Thoroughbred Club Thursday – Ivy Parsons & Spinout

Meet owner – Ivy Parsons – and her horse, Spinout. 

Here is a brief overview of Spinout’s race history:

Spinout is by Hard Spun out of Red Princess.  He is a 6 yr old thoroughbred gelding standing at 15.1 1/2h.  I have renamed him VALENCIO for the purpose of his EA and SHC registrations.

Ivy’s  story on how she came to own Spinout:

I purchased SpinOut from his trainer Roy Rogers Racing on the recommendation of his trackwork rider Indiana Weinhert. Indi says “I was in Perth at Dion Luciani stables I fell in love with the horse, a week later when my boss Roy Rogers came back from Perth I walked around the corner to see his face in the barn in Albany! I was super exited and the name Alvin from the chipmunks came straight to mind cause he was super cute and friendly! He also had bit of cheekiness about him when you went into his yard to feed him he would try nibble on your clothing and follow you everywhere in his yard, was always a fun horse to have around! He was super cute!

What discipline does Spinout now excel:

SpinOut is maturing into a lovely horse and is taking to showjumping, pony club and local hack shows very successfully.

He tries his hardest for me and I think he’s the perfect teenagers thoroughbred to learn the ropes of the reeducation process on and I’m really looking forward to our 2019 season together.

Personal story about Spinout:

He was very sensible to ride and a very quick learner – not afraid of much (as we rode in the bush a lot of the time). Spinout never pulled, just stayed nicely on the bit.  He was every track work riders dream 😁

On that recommendation I took Spinout off the track to be my first project. He had trialled 7 time and had 3 races in total for no success. He has proven to be quite the character too chewing hoodies, hats and anything he can get himself into! He thrives on human attention and always likes to be the centre of everything. Mum and Dad call him annoying 😂 and I was told by his breeder he was named “ferret” when he was younger.

Thank you Ivy.

We at Thoroughbred Events Australia and The Thoroughbred Club wish you all the success in the world because of you we know our beloved race horses are being cared for.

Thoroughbred Club Thursday – Will & Talia Sims

Meet owner Talia Sims and her horse, Will (race name Whispering Dream)

Here is a brief overview of  Will’s race history:

Will had one start but was retired due to roaring. When he left the track he can straight to me to begin his new life.

What is your story on how you came to own Will:

I love giving them a second chance at life.

What discipline does Will now excel:


Personal story about Will:

He is very dirty and a character and likes to show his private parts the minute I get out of the saddle :) This makes cleaning for me very easy….otherwise he is very mouthy and plays with everything that’s within his reach so your tackbox will be empty very soon….

Thank you for your story on Will.

We at Thoroughbred Events Australia and The Thoroughbred Club wish you all the success in the world.
Because of you we know our beloved race horses are being cared for.

Thoroughbred Club Thursday – Wagga Wagga & Natalie Conway

Meet owner Natalie Conway and her horse, Wagga Wagga (race name Glo Whirl)

Here is a brief overview of  Wagga Wagga’s race history:

He is so good they named him twice!! His race name is Glo Whirl, his EA name is Mercutio. Sired by Clear Choice. He gets his name Wagga because he raced in Wagga Wagga in Greg McDermotts stables for a while and even started in a few steeple chases too. He’s competed around the eastern states up to 1.20m SJ mostly with an amateur rider. While in Toowoomba competing in 2010, he survived a colic operation when they pulled 6 endoliths – each the size of a rockmelon – out of his intestines. Wagga was one of the first 10 horses to be diagnosed with equine flu when that was a huge epidemic and shut down all the shows. He’s taught numerous people how to ride and is often recognised at shows by people who have been in his life at some point!

What is your story on how you came to own Wagga Wagga:

I only met Wagga 3 months ago abs he’s completely changed my life. Wagga has given me the greatest gift of enabling me to reignite my long lost passion for horses. As an adult he’s given me purpose, confidence and improved my mental health in ways I never through the possible, I’m even competing in the SJ ring, thanks to him. Wagga is absolutely 1 in a million. Oh and I also know he’s irresistible to most mares (and some Stallions).

What discipline does Wagga Wagga now excel:

Show Jumping

Personal story about Wagga Wagga:

While in Toowoomba competing in 2010, he survived a colic operation when they pulled 6 endoliths – each the size of a rockmelon – out of his intestines!!

Thank you for your story on Wagga Wagga.

We at Thoroughbred Events Australia and The Thoroughbred Club wish you all the success in the world.
Because of you we know our beloved race horses are being cared for.

Thoroughbred Club Thursday – Sharky

Meet owner A Williams and her horse, Sharky (race Recife Beach)

Here is a brief overview of  Sharky’s race history:
Sharky was only a baby when he arrived at our racing stables where I worked with him and also rode him track work and attended race meets with him, He won $100k in prize money from roughly 30 starts. He won he’s last race on Christmas Eve at scone where I strapped him.

What is your story on how you came to own Sharky:
When Sharky ran his final race the trainer contacted me and offered me to take him home and I did.

What discipline does Sharky now excel:
Show Jumping

Personal story about Sharky:
He’s got so many quirks, He tries to eat the judges hats when awarded ribbons

Thank you for your story on Sharky.

We at Thoroughbred Events Australia and The Thoroughbred Club wish you all the success in the world.
Because of you we know our beloved race horses are being cared for.

Thoroughbred Club Thursday – Tiger

Meet owner Tahlia Hurley and her horse, Tiger (race Easy Tiger)

Here is a brief overview of  Tiger’s race history:

Easy Tiger was born on the 17/09/2010 in New Zealand. He was bred out of St Reims and Zeparty girl. Tigers background consists mostly of American breed thoroughbreds but also traces of Irish, France, Australian and New Zealand. In 2012 at the Festival sale Tiger was sold to Phill Cataldo Bloodstock for $6000. He was trained at Peters Stables Ltd and went to his first race on the 10th September 2013. He completed his last race on the 22nd May 2014 with only winning $875 prize money in his whole career. He was then sent over to Australia to be rehomed.

Tahlia’s  story on how she came to own Tiger:

I got my first thoroughbred/ first horse when I was 17 right in the middle of my HSC. After having a thoroughbred on free lease during year 12 I fell in love with the bred and wanted a thoroughbred to continue eventing despite the reputation they have been given about being hot and hard to train to be supple due to there natural body build. I got Kuda and he was super quiet. He was a black 10 year old up the central coast and I fell in love with him the moment I cantered him. However the day I went to pick him up I was jumping him and he really jumped over a little oxer and I fell off. I looked at my mum and said “At least I have something to work on”. He was my first horse so taking him out was super exciting. He was very natural at dressage and he scored consistently high 60% to low 70%. Unfortunately he wasn’t going to make it to my 1* goal as he wasn’t always super consistent jumping and I needed that at the time. I went looking at horses and wanted a warmblood cross thoroughbred but when I tried Tiger I loved his spring in his step, his lightness off the ground and LOVED the jump. I missed my distance going into a 1.30m jump and he just sorted himself out and carried on I knew he was my big eventing chance. I loved him and mum surprised me with him about a week later.

What discipline does Tiger now excel:

Show Jumping

Personal story about Tiger:

I love my boys both so very much. I cant say i even have a favourite as they have very different personalities. Kuda is a snugly bug he loves having a cuddle and closing his eyes as you stroke his head. He will let anyone do it. He loves attention and he knows he is loved and adored. Tiger is harder to please you have to earn his trust. I was finishing up a ride one day and i was giving him a big hug because he was so good and i had finished and was about to get off him. I was lying down on his neck a second too long and he pulled his neck down to reach the grass and like a little kid does, i slipped down his neck over his head and ended up underneath him. He looked at me with this mysterious look as if he had no idea how i had magically gotten there.

Thank you Tahlia

We at Thoroughbred Events Australia and The Thoroughbred Club wish you all the success in the world.
Because of you we know our beloved race horses are being cared for.

Thoroughbred Club Thursday – Brie Dawson, Hedgerow Performance Horses

How wonderful is it to continue to hear amazing stories about our off the track thoroughbreds.  We now are going even further and wanting to know about the amazing people that are retraining them.  Our first story is about Brie and her absolute dedication to the retraining of thoroughbreds.  He love and passions shines through and we cannot thank her enough for dedicating her time to looking after our much loved race horse.

Please tell us all about you?

Name:​                          Brie Dawson​
Business Name:​         Hedgerow Performance
Business Address:​     1264 George Downs Drive Kulnura​
Business State:​          NSW​​
Contact No:​               0435790431

Hello! My name is Brielle Dawson and I am passionate about thoroughbred and their life after racing. I sort of fell into re-training thoroughbreds through a lot of ambition but not a lot of money behind supporting that dream!

My parents never had the money to buy me a ‘schoolmaster’ so I had to learn how to train a horse to a level I wanted to compete at from scratch. My first racehorse was called Born Free who I bought at age 11 and him and I eventually competed to 1* level for many years successfully.

Over the years I have retrained over 50 racehorses to performance horses with all of them being sold on to suitable homes to enjoy a suitable career after racing while working in real estate to support my horses.

Recently with a young family I have taken the plunge to make what was for many years my ‘side gig’ and make this my professional career. I am now selling horses for clients, training my own thoroughbreds and also taking clients horses in for re-schooling with much success.

We currently have 7 racehorses that are in work retraining with us and would love to take on more but unfortunately presently we cannot afford the outlay. At the moment with clients’ horses, I ride close to 11 horses a day with no groom or extra set of hands. The days are long and at the moment very hot but it is all worth it when you see the horses transforming and starting to understand their new careers.

Talk about your property:

I am not lucky enough to own my own property but I have been very fortunate to be based out of beautiful Dalkara Park in Kulnura NSW. The facilities are excellent spread over 38 lush acres with each horse having an individual paddock and shelter with most of them living on hay and getting fatter by the day because the grass is that good! We have a beautiful 80 x 50 sand arena with jumps and a large roundyard where we can start our horses off before they “graduate” to the arena!

What are your goals:

At the moment my goals are all business related, I have some personal competition goals to reach with my two OTT boys who are not for sale but the business is taking priority this year. We are in the process of launching a website to help OTT find new homes and are trying to get to the point that our schooling and horse sales side of the business is making enough profit that we can start bringing on some more OTT’s then we currently have to start their new lives!

Tell us a story about any of your off the track thoroughbreds:

Paddock Name:  Humphrey​
Race Name: Red Extension
Brief Overview of your OTTT Race History

Humphrey had 17 starts and won close to $70000 so he wasn’t a terrible racehorse by any means! He won at Warwick Farm and Kembla Grange and had a few 2nds at other provincial meetings.

Brief story on how you now own Humphrey?

Humphrey is a little bit of a cheeky bugger and had ended up at a friend of mines place. She was planning on selling him but due to the fact that he absolutely loves to pigroot she didn’t think she would have much luck and didn’t have the time. I was looking for a few new horses and she offered him to me, I also thought I was going to sell him on but I have fallen in love with his cheeky personality and find his pigrooting quite hilarious so he will stay with me and be my comp horse!

What discipline does Humphrey excel?

Humphrey is a natural born eventer, after 4 weeks of training he went out and completed Berrima Horse Trials where he finished 13th out of 33 competitors. He is now training around 1.05 and jumping up to 95cm cross country fences.

What you love most about Humphrey?

That he is an absolute menace to deal with but has an absolute heart of gold.

Paddock Name:  Gordon​ (Gordy)
Race Name:    Gordon Gekko
Brief Overview of Gordy’s Race History?

Gordon was bought to go to Hong Kong, had 2 races came dead last and was sent home!

Brief story on how you now own Gordy?

Gordon was at Hillview Thoroughbreds after coming back from HK and I saw him on Facebook and just fell in love with him!

What discipline does Gordy excel?

Gordy could be a superstar at either showjumping or eventing but he loves cross country! He is the most amazing jumper but he is just so reliable and calm that he makes you feel like you could jump anything on him

What you love most about Gordy

Gordy is so perfect in every way, he is kind, gentle, a darling to ride and has the sweetest personality. When I had my baby I made the tough decision to sell Gordy as I knew I wouldn’t be able to compete as much as I used to. His new owner Rachel loves him so much and they are out having an absolute ball together.



Thank you Brie for sharing your wonderful and dedicated story with us.

Here at The Thoroughbred Club always support our slogan – “We Care”.

Thoroughbred Club Thursday – RUNNER UP – Tsu & Madison Turnham

Congratulations to our 2019 Runner-Up Winner, Northbridge Riding Club Off The Track Thoroughbred Of The YearTSU (race name Pacific Tsunami) owned by Madison Turnham.


Here is a brief overview of – name – race history:

Tsu was definitely a slow runner! Doing a handful of maiden races as a 3 yo. By Gerry Harvey’s best stallion (Conatus) and out of Marauding Wave. Tsu didn’t have such a big impact and was not what they were expecting:

Warwick Farm – 10th of Feb 2009 – 4th out of 6 – trial
Warwick Farm  – 27 Feb 2009 – 10th out of 10 – trial
Wyong – 26 Mar 2009 – 11th of 12
Newcastle – 7 Mar 2009 – 11th of 14

After these starts he was deemed too slow and retired.

Madison’s story on how she came to own Tsu:

I was searching for my 2nd horse. A horse to help me find my footing into jumping bigger classes (1m +) and we saw his ad. He had already sold but the sale fell trough and we got him! He was going to teach me heaps, and he has – but not in the way people would think!

What discipline does Tsu now excel:

Show Jumping

Personal story about Tsu:

I love Tsu’s personality the most. He truly loves people so much and craves their space in a non pushy manner.  He will always have a chat without a doubt with nickering if you start talking to him.

After last year’s issues (life threatening colic, sudden cancer surgery and paddock accidents causing some severe trauma related injuries) he still thoroughly enjoys the company of humans and wants to hang out with you.

I am in awe of his determination.  The speed at which is recovered to get back to work was truly amazing.

Even after all these problems he also took me around my first 1.05 (at Sydney CDI – was a toughie) without consistent work for a month due to me now being in hospital.

Tsu thrives knowing he is performed well. He just gives it his all.
He does get bored very easily and will always be fiddling with something.  But that is just who he is and I am so in love with.

Tsu has taught me more about ground work, show jumping, horse care and responsibility than anything else in this last year.

Thank you Madison and Tsu.

We at Thoroughbred Events Australia and The Thoroughbred Club congratulate you on the success of your OTTB and wish you all the success in the world.  We love that you are caring for our beloved race horse.

Thoroughbred Club Thursday – WINNER – Melanie Heygate & Tango

Congratulations to our 2019 Winner, Northbridge Riding Club Off The Track Thoroughbred Of The YearTANGO (race name Tangalang) owned by Melanie Heygate.

It was an absolute honour to meet this incredibly passionate woman.

Here is a brief overview of Tango’s race history:

Tangalang, then named Pacific Odyssey after his racing career or Tango to his friends is a bay Thoruougbred gelding that finished racing in 2009 after 3 starts for $0 prize money. Tango was sold on to start a career as a show jumper.

Melanie tells her story on how she came to own Tango:

Tango was sold on to start a career as a show jumper after a bit of a very unsuccessful racing career. He was purchased by Australian Olympian Ron Easy and then sold to a young rider in Queensland competing in young rider classes at a 1.30 prior to being sold to me. I have a another OTT now 25 years old and retired from jumping, the most lovable, gorgeous old boy anyone could ask for but when it came down to me wanting to jump bigger fences I decided to keep him on for my husband to learn riding on and look for my next superstar and there was Tango.

Tango was not exactly the horse I was fist looking for, I had imagined a big, chunky warmblood with a thick tail and mane so when my coach introduced me to Tango I was a little disappointed at first to be honest.

Tango was stabled at yandoo equestrian with Jamie Winnjng and Jamie Kermond and I was also trialing one of their horses, a striking big bay warmblood gelding. I hopped onto Tango thinking I’ll just have a quick ride and then move over to the other gelding but not long after jumping on, I couldn’t stop the smile on my face and new this horse was something special.

I changed over horses but didn’t even get to jump the other gelding, I had fallen in love with Tango, the OTT Thoroughbred gelding, with hardly any tail and not looking like the chunky warmblood I had dreamed off.

So it was Tango that was going to be my next Showjumping superstar!

Today I couldn’t have asked for a better horse to move up the grades. Tango has been the best horse anyone could wish for to sit on and gain confidence in the ring jumping bigger heights. He is known for his braveness, nothing will ever stop him!

Today we have achieved more then I could have ever asked for. Our highlights up to today would have to have been:

  • competing several times at the Sydney Royal Easter show;
  • being crowned runner up amateur champions Elysian Fields Aquis Tour Queensland;
  • currently runner up Amateur Champion NSW;
  • Runner up amateur of the year in NSW; and
  • in December last year at the first Thoroughbred Showjumping event at the Sydney Summer Classic supported by the Thoroughbred Association Australia – we won overall Champion Thoroughbred.

Wow, never did I imagine us coming this far but we have.

It’s been beyond easy but all the sweat, money, tears have been worth it and I am so proud how my Tango has shown the Showjumping world out there that it is not the warmblood you have to have to do well in this business.

Tango certainly is one very special OTT but they are out there and with help of a good coach and their guidance anything is possible.

What discipline does Tango now excel:


Personal story about Tango:

Mostly I love Tango for his braveness in the show jumping ring.  He has his quirks at home and is not always the easiest to handle on the ground but he does have a heart of gold. One time at a show at SIEC I got a call from someone walking their dog on the cross country course asking if I own a bay gelding by the name of Tango.  Lucky Tango has a dog tack with his name and my number on his halter at all times. He made his way from the float all the way onto the course happily munching on some grass. Who knows how he got past so many people without being noticed!!!!

Thank you Melanie

We at Thoroughbred Events Australia and The Thoroughbred Club wish you all the success in the world because of you we know our beloved race horses are being cared for.

Our Trophy takes a special place in Melanie & Nick’s home 


Thoroughbred Club Thursday – Bear

Meet owner Emily Cox and her horse, Bear (race name Bearskin)

Emily & Bear

Here is a brief overview of  Bearskin’s race history:

Bearskin was an August 2011 Real Saga Colt out of Devil Inside. Foaled at Glenlogan Park Stud and named after the Bearskin hats worn by the Queens Guards he was always destined for greatness. Purchased for $280,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Yearling Sales by $116,000 in prize money upon retirement in July 2017. Gollan Racing and syndicate Bear was supposed to be the next big thing. But, luck was never on his side in racing, whether it be the wrong jockey, to soft or to hard a track or just Bear’s typical ‘can’t be bothered’ attitude it was not his destiny. All 17hh of Bear had 3 wins from 18 starts totalling.

Emily’s story on how she came to own Bearskin:

Funnily enough I wasn’t even looking for an OTT, or a Throughbred. I had an advanced dressage WB who I retired from competition and decided my heart lied in the Show Ring. I was looking for something seasoned and after about 6 months was in no luck. Jane Gollan (Gollan Racing) re-homes many OTT from QLD and often, the very pretty ones to friend of mine. When Jane sent them a photo of Bear, she knew he would be a future Hunter Hack, they didn’t want him as they preferred the open horses. Knowing how little success I was having, my friends passed Jane on to me and I took Bear on as a fun project until I found something. It’s turns out Bear has a destiny in the show ring, and boy does he know how to put on a show.

What discipline does Bearskin now excel:


Personal story about Bearskin:

The first show I ever took Bear to, one of the biggest shows for young horses was the SHC Newcomer Horse of the Year in July 2018. He had not put a foot wrong all morning riding around the grounds before the class. He wasn’t naughty, just had plenty left in the tank and just as he was finally settling down, relaxing and working as he did at home the announcer comes over the loudspeaker and says “Good Morning Competitors, What a wonderful morning…..” and Bear launches himself 5 metres in front, full gallop and all I could do was get up into two-point and let him burn himself off again. I honestly had my stomach in my chest and said to my coach as he calmed down again, thank god I never had to ride him on the track, I’ve honestly never ridden anything so fast. But, turns out it was for the best as in his first class, at his first outing since the race track, Bear won Champion Newcomer Hunter Hack over 16hh and as they say, the rest is history. (The photo below is of Bear at his first show)

Thank you Emily

We at Thoroughbred Events Australia and The Thoroughbred Club wish you all the success in the world.