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Country Racing – Welcome Home!!!

Last weekend, our WA Ambassador Stacey Reynolds headed to her home town for her annual race day meeting.  We asked Stacey to take us through what it is that makes this day so special.

Growing up in Waroona, a small country town 15 minutes from Pinjarra Park, Stacey and her family loved their outings to the races. As Stacey grew up these race days became even more important to her – it was a way to catch up with old friends and family that she had not seen in ages. In a country town like Pinjarra, a big race day literally brings the town to a halt with everyone heading to the track for a day of fun, laughter & hopefully a few wins!

Racegoers: Aimee Holmes, Philippa Kupsch, Susan McCloy, Bernadette May, Stacey Reynolds & Sarah Christie

Pinjarra Park without a doubt, is Western Australia’s most picturesque racecourse. Its huge array of shady trees and expansive lawns provide the perfect atmosphere for a great day at the races, and for Stacey, the Magic Millions WA Race Day held at Pinjarra Park is one date she has penciled into her calendar every year!

Stacey’s excitement was building up for weeks. She had booked a small shade gazebo through the race club, as all her gorgeous friends were coming and she had the perfect outfit planned (an amazing dress from a West Australian Label, Only One Ashley and a custom made head piece from Love Lotus Millinery). As she had moved away from the area 12 months ago, (to approx. 10hrs north of Pinjarra) the prospect of heading home filled her with sheer joy.

Stacey Reynolds photo credit WA Fashions on the Field

I could not wait to have that race book in one hand and a glass of bubbly in the other Stacey said.

The countdown was on!

Not only was the race day part of the Magic Millions, a series of two races that showcases the rich prize money on offer for graduates of Magic Millions yearling sales in WA, it was the WA Country Cups Peel Fashion On The Field Heat for the Peel Region. WA Country Cups is an initiative by Racing and Wagering WA to foster the development and promote the longevity of country racing across the State. It is a state-wide racing fashion competition, open to fashionistas from all over Western Australia, and consists of nine regional heats held at major country race meetings across WA. The winner of each regional heat receives a trip to Perth and is invited to compete in the WA Fashions on the Field Final to be held at Ascot Racecourse in November. The then overall winner will take home a trip for two to London to attend Royal Ascot plus $10,000 spending money and a $5,000 Linneys jewellery voucher!!

Photo credit: WA Fashions on the Field

Wowee!! To win a prize like that would be a dream come true. For a country girl like Stacey, this is about as exciting as it gets, so she made it a point to try and attend as many of these regional heats as she can.

I am just so passionate about country racing as I not only believe it plays a vital role in the sustainability of the racing industry across WA but it also has an important role in the economic, cultural and social development of our local communities. I have seen first hand what these race days can bring to a country town, weather it be the from race goers booking accommodation and boosting the tourism industry or supporting local fashion or retail outlets in preparation for a big day at track Stacey said.

The day finally arrives!

The weather gods had shined on the town  and it was a beautiful, sunny day. With a huge crowd attending Stacey  was once again glad she  had booked a shade gazebo for our group. The day was a whirlwind of bets (everyone you talk to at a country race meet has a tip that’s sure to win), fashion, bubbles and friends. Everything Stacey loved about the races. The gorgeous Bernadette May took out first prize for the FOTF competition wearing a striking printed, pleated skirt and her own self made millinery.

Bernadette May & David Houston

Stacey was fortunate enough to be invited into the Magic Millions marquee and had a chance to speak to Barry Bowditch, the Australian Managing Director. Barry spoke of how the Australian Racing Industry has the most progressive racing industry in the world. As only here in Australia was the racing industry so accessible for people to become involved, weather it be as an owner, trainer or simply a race goer. It was fascinating to talk racing with him and discuss the vital role the racing industry can play in bringing vibrancy to a small community. Stacey was interested as why Pinjarra Park (her “home” track) had been chosen as the venue to host Magic Millions in WA. David Houston, the WA manager for Magic Millions explained that Pinjarra Park provided everything Magic Millions was looking for in relation to a picturesque venue and proximity for local stables and race goers travelling to the event.

Jenine Harrison & Sharon Sinclair

So, if you are looking for somewhere special to spend the day with your family, a place to go on your holiday or just an escape from the city, experience the excitement of horse racing at this beautiful country racecourse that is Pinjarra Park.

As a Thoroughbred Events Australia Ambassador for Western Australia, I intended to bring to you my passion for country racing and country racing fashion. WA is a hugely diverse state and I can’t wait to show you all the amazing events it has to offer  Stacey concluded.

What a fabulous story and we look forward to hearing more exciting stories about Country Racing in WA

 

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.

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.

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 – Filly Improves Owners’ Lives

After working for nearly a decade in the Australian racing industry, Jasmine Jenkins made the decision to swap stable life for office life when a job opportunity arose offering her more money.  Less than six months passed by and Jazz found herself missing her furry four legged friends and began exploring alternative ways to entertain her racehorse obsession.  

Throughout the previous years, Jazz had always found herself pondering the idea of being a part owner of a racehorse, however, due to finances had never taken the idea further.  Now a little older and a little wiser, Jazz sat in a better financial position and owning a racehorse was becoming a more realistic idea.  

Being an avid punter at the weekends, Jazz had a handful of trainers in her mind whom she followed closely and was quick to tap their names into her trusty friend ‘Google’ in order to discover what horses and options were available.  After quickly finding that the majority of the horses her favourite trainers had available were out of her price range, Jazz decided to look for others.  Things weren’t looking too positive, until one evening an old friend that Jazz had on Facebook, Brooke Somers is Somerstone Thoroughbreds posted a status including photos of a 2 year old filly and a 2 year old colt that she had shares available in.

OLYMPIC GLORY (IRE) X CLASS SUCCESS

Despite Russell (Jazz’s partner) being reluctant to open his wallet, Jazz managed to convince him to go and just have a look around Brooke’s stable which is based in Hawkesbury.  The visit was followed up with lunch where Jazz and Russell discussed their options.  It was at this exact moment where Russell realised that the amount both himself and Jazz were spending weekly on cigarettes combined was more than their weekly fee if they were to buy a share in this little filly, whom was nicknamed Nellie.  So without further ado, it was to be agreed that if they were to take on a share of sweet Nellie, they were to quit smoking.

Nellie, Russell & Jazz

Fast forward roughly 3 months and the challenge to quit smoking is well and truly under way.  With the help of nicotine patches, Jazz has cut down to just two cigarettes a day and admits she is already beginning to feel the benefits of doing so.  

Just last week Nellie, who was given the race name of Enchanted Glory, had her first ever race start in the MAGIC MILLIONS WYONG 2YO CLASSIC over 1100 metres and despite the race not quite going to plan, all the owners were proud of her efforts.

Nellie & her stable mate at track work in Hawkesbury

Reflecting on the past few months, Jazz can’t believe how a little 2 year old filly by Irish stallion Olympic Glory has given her the strength and motivation to change her life for the better.  

 

Nellie & Jazz catching up over a bite to eat

 

Words by Kiersten Duke

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

 

 

Winning Wednesday – Paula Newnham’s Passion for Racing

Today we are over the moon to bring you a story on the passionate – Paula Newnham.

Horse racing has always flowed through Paula Newnham’s veins. It started from an early age when Paula and her much loved brother, Mark Newnham, would go to their Grandfather’s farm and ride horses. Their Grandfather was a jockey and trainer which drove a desire for Mark to follow in his footsteps.  With this desire burning, it lead Mark to become a renowned jockey and today a successful trainer with his own stables at Randwick and Warwick Farm.

Returning back to Paula.

Having such a love for racing, Paula too was driven to a career in racing.  Her chosen path started with a move to the Gold Coast where she began working for the Gold Coast Turf Club as their Membership Ambassador.  Paula never took her eyes away from Mark’s career as a jockey and she always supported him.  Paula returned to Sydney around the same time that Mark took out his trainer’s license. The support then moved into Mark’s stables, where she would attend all race meetings, following Mark’s horse.  This quickly turned into an addictive obsession.

In January 2018 it was with so much excitement that Paula secured a position with Darby Racing as their Public Relations/ Assistant Racing Manager. Her role with Darby Racing was exactly what Paula was looking for – to communicate with owners, keep them up to date with their horses, coordinating with trainers regarding race programs, visiting horses at spelling farms, attending barrier trials and also race meetings. Paula has such a diverse job and is not only limited to these roles – this was a mere overview of her very rewarding job.  Paula is thriving in her position.

For Darby Racing, Paula is your first point of call  and you will receive a warm, bubbly personality together with a hunger passion for racing behind it. You will always see her smiling face with a great laugh behind it at any race meeting. Darby Racing is on fire so it won’t be too long before you see Paula in the winner’s circle on behalf of Darby Racing.

Thoroughbred Events Australia wish Paula all the success in the world.  The racing industry is in great hands with such ambassadors of the game as Paula Newnham – a strong, positive and vibrant woman with such love and knowledge of the industry.

Words by Robyn Fowler
Editor Sharon Lenton

Track Talk Tuesday – Inglis Sales an Undoubted Success

As the gavel came down on the last lot of the Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale on the 17th of April 2018, it signalled the end to an incredible and historical Easter Sales period for the team at Inglis Riverside Stables Warwick Farm.

It was  a huge 2 weeks for Inglis seeing not only the Australian Easter Yearling Sale over 3 days but also the Inglis chairman’s sale of elite breeding prospects on the 12th of April, which concluded with the Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale over 3 days the following week.

Undertaken at Inglis Riverside Stables Warwick Farm, $163,756,050 worth of horse flesh had been sold over the 3 individual Easter period sales.

Inglis Managing Director Mr Mark Webster quoted that the first Inglis Easter Sales period was “an undoubted success”.

The Australian Easter Yearling Sale saw 22 yearlings sold for $1m or more and 71 individual lots sold for $500,000 or more.

Arrowfield Stud was again a leading vendor at Inglis, with one of their lots (lot 400 – a Bay Colt by Snitzel out of The Broken Shore with close relations to the likes of Redoute’s Choice, Platinum Scissors, Manhattan Rain as well as Rebuick) selling under the hammer to trainer Anthony Freedman for a whooping $2.3 million. This colt was not only the top lot for day 3 of the Easter Yearling Sale but was also the overall Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale topper.

The team at Inglis Riverside Stables, as well as all the vendors, experienced an extremely outstanding first Inglis Easter Sales period. Six individual studs had 100% clearance rate at the Easter Yearling sales and Inglis had an overall Sales clearance rate of 84% with a gross earning off $116,057,500.

We are very much looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Inglis at their new Complex, Inglis Riverside Stables Warwick Farm. We wish Team Inglis (as well as all the vendors) all the best and every success for the foreseeable future.

Also a huge thank you and shout out to Mr Arthur Inglis and his team as well as Mr John Jeffs of Kitchwin Hills and his team for having Martin (our new team member at Thoroughbred Events Australia) over the past two weeks who states “it was an absolute pleasure to see it all first hand”.

Statistics and sales information courtesy of Inglis.

Words by Martin Parsons
Chief Editor Sharon Lenton

Fashion Friday – Transeasonal Dressing – the Way to Go

Seasons are becoming less and less obvious and we can no longer think in the traditional way of Spring and Autumn for race wear.

It is time for fashions to change when coming to dressing for the “correct” season.

As at 1 March, we now move into so called “autumn attire” but who really can think of putting on an outfit in a heavy fabric or wearing a felt hat!!!

It is time for transeasonal dressing.

What does that mean?

Transeasonal dressing is built around a wardrobe that can be worn in any weather.

So to break this right down, when it comes to what fabric should be worn – think silk, a light cashmere, a heavier type cotton, a mix blend is always perfect as it holds shape.

When it comes to style, not revealing, shoulders covered and hemlines down.

When it comes to head pieces, leather and heavier fabric are transeasonal.

What about trying some amazing material – try and be adventurous eg wire, wood, mirrors, spikes – just a few ideas.

TEA’s tip

When starting a transeasonal wardrobe, always invest in a well tailored black suit or dress.  In autumn throw over a beautiful trenchcoat or a coloured jacket in line with the “new” season colour – always think about adding layers.

In spring, why not add a bright colour bag or a fun larger style headpieces.  Flowers are always a winner.

All about the Colours

To help bring this look together, let’s look at what colours are in.  Autumn colours seem to be looking towards bright shades (like yellow) and soft hues (like lavender – My favourite colour).  However, you should be aware that neutrals are still popular for this season.

I feel that anyone converting their wardrobe to a transeasonal one, will get a lot of wear out of their pieces all year round.

With so much country racing going on and the weather is anything but cold, transeasonal (for me) will certainly influence any new pieces to be added to my wardrobe.

 

Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we take you to shops to find these “transeasonal” pieces.

Words by Sharon Lenton

 

 

 

Track Talk Tuesday – Unsung hero – Martin Parsons

Track work riders, stable hands and strappers all work tirelessly around the clock providing love and care for these four legged athletes we all so dearly love and admire. They’re the backbone of the thoroughbred industry and it’s not often that they receive recognition for what they do.  Each week we’ll be heading to a […]