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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 – 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.

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.

The Thoroughbred Club – Meet OTTB Maxcee

Meet our off the track thoroughbred for this week – a gorgeous mare named Maxcee who is by Carbonfibre and out of Bismax.

Maxcee was born and trained in Ipswich Qld and was bought by Anita Bridge in 2010 when Maxcee was retired by the breeder/trainer who Anita was riding track work for.

While not the easiest to ride as she is very highly strung, Maxcee took to jumping like a fish to water.  Three months off the track and she was competing at 1.10m. 

Maxcee absolutely loves the water and nothing more invigorating for her than a swim. 

WARNING – You can’t clean her stable with her in it as you be squashed against a wall by and rump demanding for a scratch, a trait she has had all her life. 

A couple of years ago, Maxcee was in need of a good break and was sent to an imported Warmblood stallion called Cera Cassiago in 2016. She became an amazing mum producing a beautiful grey filly. 

Her first competition back after being weaned from her filly, she stepped straight back out at 1.15m jumping clean.

Maxcee now competes under the name of Genuine Princess and Anita plans to compete in her first World Cup qualifier at Caboolture this July/August.

Wishing both Anita and Maxcee a continued fabulous life together. 

 

Fashion Friday – Polo in the City – Perth

Polo in The City did not disappoint in Perth. All the stops were pulled out, beautiful marquees, stunning location, exceptional hospitality, amazing weather and of course one hell of an exciting game of Polo was played. In addition to all of this there were the pristine Perth women who held their own and brought there fashion A game.
Sporting combinations of crisp white, flamoyant prints, minimalist monochrome and every other combination under the sun the clothing choices were on point. But lets look a bit closer. Quite often accessories can be a fashionistas downfall. To often they are a afterthought or last minute buy which lets the whole outfit down, these ladies however show us how accessories can compliment and enhance your entire look.
Beth’s choice for the Best Dressed Lady on field was Letitia Simon.  Letitia teamed her gorgeous Seed jumpsuit with a Lack of Colour wide brim hat and a natural bamboo arc shaped bag which was kindly gifted to her by a good friend. Her look is classic elegance meets modern chic which is absolutely perfect for the Polo.
Beth’s choice for the Best Dressed Couple of field was Monica Erba and Partner.
Monica and her partner teamed black and neutral tones from head to toe and looked just as good from the back as the front.
Beth’s choice for Contemporary Lady of the day was Sindi Mastaglia.
Both bold and beautiful Sindi wore a gorgeous current season Sheike jumpsuit with a gorgeous tropical print and set it off with a muted gold YSL bag which complimented her aviators. Her simple white broad brim hat looked polo day perfect and the red block heels finished her look off perfectly.
The accessory trends were clear to see. Circular woven, rattan or wooden bags were everywhere! Those in the know teamed them to compliment other aspects of their outfit to ensure a cohesive look for the day.
 
Polo In the City you put on a great show!
Words by Beth Braj – our WA ambassador

Speron D’Oro and his Royal Adelaide showing success!

On the 9th May 2007 a handsome bay Thoroughbred colt was born out of an Australian mare named COPA DE ORO and sired by champion stallion FLYING SPUR.  The colt was appropriately named SPERON D’ORO, which translates in Italian to ‘golden spur’.  

In 2009, SPERON D’ORO was sold as a yearling for a healthy $180,000 at the famous Inglis NSW Australian Easter Yearling Sales.  He was to be owned by Mr Scott Adams and his loving wife, Mrs Sue Adams who chose to put him into training at Hawkesbury with Gary Frazer who their son, Josh Adams, was apprentice to at the time.  It was during his time in training that the handsome bay picked up the nickname ‘Oreo’ as SPERON D’ORO proved to be too much of a mouthful when the lads and lasses started work at the stables at 4am!

As intended, Oreo and Josh teamed up at the races but unfortunately Oreo was too slow and retired at the age of 3 having only earned $1700 in prize money.  Despite not being particularly fast, Oreo was a beautiful mover with a handsome face which made the decision to choose his second career an easy one, as Sue and Scott both agreed he would make a wonderful show horse.

Due to Josh often being away at the races, his partner Jess Castle was the lucky recipient of Oreo to look after once Sue and Scott had re trained him for the show ring.  

Jess admits Oreo is a quirky horse, not at all naughty or nasty, but the type of horse you have to understand to work with.  The more their bond grew, the easier Jess was finding Oreo to re train as she soon found him a fastlearner.

Reflecting on when she was first introduced to Oreo, Jess beams “He has amazingly good looks and a real attitude about him that just completely draws your attention to him. He has an exquisite head and beautiful big eyes. He’s an excellent bodied horse and is well proportioned with lovely straight legs and flowing strides. He’s just a show horse through and through!”


Both Jess and Josh had always dreamed of competing at the Royal Adelaide Show due to its relaxed atmosphere and country show vibe.  It’s competitor
friendly feelencouraged them to enter six different classes over course the week, with their hopes not necessarily being to win, but to have the hours of hard work and training pay off, with Oreo working accurately and consistently in each individual class.  

On the day, Oreo was a dream and didn’t put a foot wrong.  “He truly tried his heart out for me” Jess gushes and the results speak for themselves…

NOVICE HACK 15.2hh- 16hh:  2nd place
OPEN HACK 15.2hh- 16hh:  3
rd place
LADIES HACK:  6
th place

LADY RIDER YEARS 21-30: 2nd place
OPEN HACK SHOWING TB QUALITIES:  Top 10
HEAVY WEIGHT OPEN HACK: 1
st place
RACEHORSE TO SHOW HORSE
:  Top 5
FASHIONS OFF THE TRACK:  3
rd place

The results they achieved were more than both Jess and Josh could have dreamt of and their pride and love for Oreo couldn’t be greater as he exceeded all expectations.

Looking ahead, Jess has set goals to qualify Oreo for the Grand Nationals in Sydney which is held in March and to win the Pope Cup at the Sydney Royal Easter Show which is for open hack geldings showing exceptional Thoroughbred qualities.  Outside of NSW, Jess looks to Melbourne where she would love to compete at the Garryowen Royal Melbourne Show.

It’s clear when speaking to the whole Adams family, including Jess, that Oreo is much more than an athlete to them, he’s also a family pet whom they all cherish and love so very dearly.  

We can’t congratulate them enough on their achievements and look forward to following them and their future success.

 

Words by Kiersten Duke

 

 

The Thoroughbred Club – Dydeedoe

The Thoroughbred Club is so special as we get to share good and rewarding stories.

Today we are sharing another success stories of our beloved racehorse transitioning into a new career.  This story is so close to our heart as The Thoroughbred Club put a Call out to their followers and within 20 minutes we had a hit!!!! Now Dydeedoe is going to live out her days as a nanny.  Here is her success story of her life.

Below are the kind words from Jeannette & Cress Dawson.

It all started in the backyard having a BBQ with friends – “Let’s get a racehorse!”.

James Bester had shares available in a King of Kings yearling filly to be trained by David Payne. It was love at first sight (the filly), and 4 of us went into the world of racehorse ownership. Dydee didn’t quite work out in the city and went to Neil Godbolt in Port Macquarie, where she had a win and placed twice.

The decision was made to try our hand at breeding. We had little money to spend on stallions, but with research and luck Dydeedoe produced 3 winners and 2 place getters including Ajax Stakes Gr 2 winner Havana Rey (King Cugat), trained by Bjorn Baker. Dydeedoe has spent time with Karen Irwin at Riverslea, and for the last 10 years has been with Louise Ellis, Argyle Thoroughbreds, at Panuara. A big thank you to Louise who has looked after Dydeedoe and all her progeny over the years. The last foal from Dydeedoe is a Choisir gelding, who hopefully will hit the track this year.

Dydee’s new career as a nanny will be a fitting retirement for a lovely mare.

Thoroughbred Club Thursday – Velocity Impact

What a lucky horse VELOCITY IMPACT is and we can report he is living an amazing life.  A huge thank you goes to Deirdre Stein.

VELOCITY IMPACT was bred on Newhaven Park in NSW (one of Australia’s leading thoroughbred nurseries) and went on to Victoria to race however was not successful and sold to Julia Creek in North Queensland again unsuccessful.  We are not sure from there what happened but was found at Burpengary Sales.  

Sharon Lenton was notified about a horse in Queensland and asked if The Thoroughbred Club could help.  A plea went out to Queensland followers but unfortunately not one cent could be raised. (Note: 3 other horses had been purchased by very kind followers & friends). Sharon decided to buy VELOCITY out of her own funds (and the kindness of a few NSW friends). Then started the journey of coordinating him out and to find his forever home.  Help came his way. 

VELOCITY went for a long spell to recover from his ordeal.  He was retained by Deidre and now is leased to Kate Sedgley – a young girl who loves him and they are making a great partnership here.  He is a lovely natured horse, very quiet to ride and handle.  VELOCITY learns very quickly and has a good safe future in front of him now. 

VELOCITY IMPACT is by STARCRAFT, a chestnut gelding and is now a 6yo. 

Here are photos of him dressed as a bride with a just married banner around his rump and a bridal veil on his fancy dress day – which he WON. He also went over little jumps and was in a barrel race. [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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This is definitely a WINNING STORY.

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Photos by Deirdre Stein

 

This story goes to prove there is definitely life after racing.  We encourage all race horse owners to secure safe homes for your horse once it leaves a racing table.  There are many disciplines to choose from.  We are always happy to source advice for you.

The Thoroughbred Club (home of the “We Care” campaign) is solely sponsored by Thoroughbred Events Australia (TEA).
All money raised at any TEA event goes to the continual sponsorship to off the track thoroughbreds.  

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Fashion Friday – Showjumping Style at Sydney International Horse Trials 29-04-18

Sun, good company and horses, what better way is there to spend a Sunday?! On the 29th April I was lucky enough to be invited to represent The Thoroughbred Club (TTC) at the Sydney International Horse Trials.  After being briefed by Sharon Lenton (founding director of Thoroughbred Events Australia) on the award I would be presenting, (the highest performing ex racehorse in the 3* showjumping class) I set to work on preparing for the day.

How did I want to record the day? Who would be there?  Did I need a helper on the day?  But mostly, WHAT DO I WEAR?!

To represent Thoroughbred Events Australia and The Thoroughbred Club is an honour and I wanted to present myself in the best way possible. This meant, getting the outfit RIGHT.

My 3 main needs/wants were that the outfit was practical (I would be on my feet for most of the day), was on a budget (I’m on a tight budget since coming back from my holiday in Dubai!) and that it was respectful/modest… after all I’m representing a company I care for a lot and it has a reputation to uphold.

After flicking through some photos of previous years and chatting to some friends, this is the outfit that ticked all the boxes…

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Words by Kiersten Duke
Photos by Jasminia Gough

Thoroughbred Club Thursday – Off the Track Standardbreds

Thoroughbred Events Australia sponsor and run The Thoroughbred Club and it is in that capacity Sharon was off to Tamworth Paceway to judge fashions on the field with horse in hand on Sunday 18 March 2018.  All horses were off the track Standardbreds and this event was sponsored by De Lorenzo.

It was great to expand to more off the track horses as they all deserve a worthwhile life after racing or trotting. These horses thrive as a racehorse or trotter and we know that is where the money is. To see these horses take on another career is just so heartwarming.

There are many stories out there on how the horse ended with their new owner and the bond they have developed. These are the stories we all love to hear. Here are a couple of owners and Off the Track Standardbreds you will love as much as we, at TEA do.

Fashions on the Field Horse in lead is a great way for owner and horse to bond together and to show their own unique fashion style.

The brow band is the most popular fashion accessory for the horse and they tend to be quite regal.  The owner and horse match in harmony and this is how the winner is chosen.

The look of the horse and how they present is vital.  This category is quite new and TEA are so proud to be asked to come and judge.  “I love meeting the horses and the owners” Sharon said.  “They are just so proud and the love for the horse always shines through”.

 

The winner was this gorgeous grey stallion Blue Double Dee with Judy Frisby.

Sincere gratitude must go to Standardbred Pleasure & Performance Horse Association (SPPHA NSW) for putting on this great day especially to Amanda Santangelo.

Congratulations to Connor Richardson with his great Off the Track Standardbred.  Connor won the Harness Racing Off the Track Series that was held all over the countryside.  Finals were held on Sunday too at Tamworth.

To understand SPPHA NSW, their main objective is to promote the Standardbred horse in equestrian activities beyond their lives in Harness Racing and find homes for them when they finish their racing careers.

The charter of the SPPHA NSW is to promote the Standardbred as a successful and versatile horse that can excel in many disciplines outside their traditional role of harness racing.

Through an adoption program they endeavour to locate suitable pleasure and performance homes for Standardbred horses retired from or otherwise unsuitable for harness racing.

TEA applauds all the people who work so hard work to ensure these days are successful.  Due to their contribution, we know these events can expand so more off the tracks are homed.