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Fashion Friday – Get Ready for Nowra Cup/Girls Day Out

As we get close to Shoalhaven City Turf Club’s Nowra Cup / Girls Day Out, we thought we would talk to our Fashion Judge Sally Martin.

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 – 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.

Fashion Friday – Autumn Racing Fashion Trend Alert

Autumn is fast approaching and FOTF ladies are busy planning their Autumn outfits. In Perth this means the iconic Karrakatta Plate Autumn FOTF competition at Ascot Racecourse on the 6th of April. Our West Australian Ambassador Bethany Brajkovich will be there to capture all the fashion and excitement of the day. Here are some tips for what is trending in FOTF this Autumn.

Silver is the new Rose Gold

As a self confessed clean metal girl Bethany is thrilled to see the return of silver to a fashion accessories. This Autumn you can quickly and easily incorporate silver through your accessories to get that on trend interpretation of current fashion trends which is crucial to puting together a winning outfit. Bethany says
“In previous years rose gold has dominated FOTF but it is firmly taking a back seat to silver and gold. The elegance of silver and gold make it so versatile to incorporate into our A/W FOTF outfits. Silver and Gold really pop against the darker and richer tones that we wear this time of year and accessories are so important in winning FOTF outfits.

Boots with skirts and dresses

At racecourses around Australia and New Zealand we are continually noting the incorpation of high end runway looks into racing fashion. Last year when Kerrie Carruci stepped out in the Milva Carruci custom design she put her best foot forward by adding these head turning red pointed boots from Tony Bianco which paired perfectly with this super cute red beret from ASOS. Bethany explains:

“Kerrie is always one to watch, as a fully qualified stylist we can all learn a thing or two from her. Always ahead of her time Kerrie has seamlessly blended on trend styling through the use of boots and beret with a stunning custom made Milva Carruci dress”.

Custom Designs

Thoroughbred Events Australia love to see women express their unique style through custom made outfits. Not only do these outfits make a great statement on the day but being a one off they create interest amongst the community and provide a great opportunity to make new friends by admiring and discussing the elements of their outfit. TEA Bethany Brajkovich has had some amazing outfits custom made in the past and says

‘I love getting a one off outfit made. I enjoy the creative process that allows me to include eclectic elements and merge them seamlessly into a complete look. Previously I’ve worked with both designers and dress makers and find it to be a exciting experience for both of us. One of my favourite memories is going to the track with other ladies who were all wearing custom made outfits from award winning Perth Designer Only One Ashley. We all felt so special and so unique, it was a wonderful experience from start to finish.’

“As the Perth based TEA Ambassador I’m am so excited to see what you will all be wearing this Autumn”
Words by Bethany Brajkovich
Owner, Best Dressed Accessories

 

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:
Hacking
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:

Dressage
Show Jumping
Eventing

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.

Country Racing – Braidwood Jockey Club

Our ACT Ambassador Sally Martin, headed to Braidwood Jockey Club once a year race meeting to enjoy a day at the races with her family.

Located in the southern tablelands of NSW – about 200 kilometres south west of the Central Business District of Sydney and approximately 60 kilometers inland from the coast.

This one race meeting was regarded as “Girls Day Out” but now it looks like it should be changed to “Family Day Out”.

We catch up with Sally to hear all about it.

What is it you love about this race day?

I love a day out at the races, choosing an outfit, catching up with friends, having a few champagnes and hopefully a win or two on the horses. It’s not often that I take my family with me as not all race tracks cater for children.

What is different about Braidwood Jockey Club’s race day?

Braidwood Jockey Club managed to create a welcoming, family friendly environment where they had the most extensive list of FOTF categories for children. I took great delight in organising everyone’s outfit, even doing flat lays! (laying every outfit out to see it all come together)

My children were happy enough to enter and even received lolly bags for their efforts. I’m pretty sure Oliver ate his before getting off the stage!

It was really lovely to be able to spend the day together in such a safe and relaxed environment. Usually there’s a jumping castle but the strong winds prevented this happening. But my kids didn’t seem to mind, being able to run around freely, look at those horses in their stables and get really close to the action of the horse racing.  It certainly kept them amused.

Though we didn’t all receive sashes (just me), it was a great day for making memories. And maybe a quick stop at the Braidwood bakery on the way home was prize enough!

Winner of the Day – Stephanie Kwong

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.

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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 – 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:

Hacking

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.

The Thoroughbred Club – Meet OTTB Doc Oliver

Doc Oliver is a great story of a 21 year old horse who is still going strong.

Anita Bridge got him in 2008 when he was rising 11 – obviously not straight off the track but we do know he racked up 17 starts in his racing career with two 3rds.

When Doc arrived, no reputation was known but it was not long before his naughty ways were relayed and a few stories started coming out that he used to dump his rider at the first fence, bolt around the course and stand outside the arena and rear.

However he took Anita through her juniors, young riders then from D Grade to A/B Grade pony club in 18 months. A couple of years ago he jumped 1.50m in a puissance.

Over the years Doc has had a few major injuries including a bowed tendon and joint infection. But nothing would hold him back – he always bounces back better then ever.

No matter how old he gets he still has all of his quirks especially his love for playing with his ball.

Doc doesn’t like water and has been eliminated when there was a small puddle on the landing side of a fence because he would have to get his hoof wet!!!! But he loves the hose and going to the beach.

He will still go to a show and decide that he doesn’t like a particular ride, a ride that he would have seen many times before. Anything then around that ride needs to be stopped at or run away from.

Doc amuses Anita with his “thing” about hats.  He just loves to pull them off your head and run off with them.

But best of all these days is Doc excels as a lead pony with the young ones around home.

Young off the track filly

This is one much loved  quirky thoroughbred.