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Thoroughbred Club Thursday – BJ

Meet owner Jerry Ling and her horse, BJ (race name Blakjak Paperback)

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

BJ wasn’t a very successful racehorse despite being out of All American and half brother to the G1 winning filly Yankee Rose. He had 10 unsuccessful race starts and moved through a few different prominent trainers before I bought him the day after his last race for $800 in April 2016. I’ve brought on BJ as an all round performance horse and he is proving to be an awesome dressage and SJ mount!

Here’s a bit more background on BJ – [click here]
Arrowfield did an off the track story on us earlier this year!

Jerry’s story on how she came to own BJ:

“I reached out to as many syndicates and trainers as possible and met BJ before he’d finished racing.  My gut told me he was my horse and I made an offer and have never looked back. I love him and I’ve loved the process of bringing him on! He’s now schooling elementary dressage and makes light work of jumping over 1m.”

What discipline does BJ now excel:

Dressage
Show Jumping
Pleasure
Trail

Personal story about BJ:

He used to be very timid and shy when I first got him and I love that he is now really confident and friendly with people and can give cheek kisses on command!

When I’ve had a bad day at work there’s nothing like his nose wiggling on my cheek and a big cheek

Thank you Jerry.
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.

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

 

 

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

How The Thoroughbred Club Was Born

It was an absolute delight discussing The Thoroughbred Club with Hannah Brooks.  Hannah is a very talented woman.  A writer by trade but her passion for equestrian is contagious and we surely do get over excited together.

We actually videoed this a while back but it was great to put it together and reminisce on how it all began and why.

The Thoroughbred Club is successfully only due to the generosity and passion of so many people who love thoroughbreds.  But it has now become more than the thoroughbred – it now includes the people who are involved – whether receiving an award, donating a prize, sponsoring a horse, or sponsoring The Thoroughbred Club in their continued work – it is your enthusiasm and love that continually excites me.

All I ask is that you continue to support in any capacity you can – and I mean that – no matter how small or large.  If you can attend an event – fabulous; if you can donate – you are a gem, if you can come and support a polo game/ a race day/a show jumping day – it means you are helping and we are all making a difference.

Soon I will have products for you to purchase with 100% of the profits going to The Thoroughbred Club.  This too will also allow us to continue our amazing sponsorship program at more events.

I feel that our sponsorship program will take priority as we continue to spread the word on who we are.

I know we can do this.  We can all make a difference.  And it is because WE CARE!!!!!

For any assistance, contact Sharon Lenton at events@thoroughbredeventsaus.com.au or at contacts on
Thoroughbred Events Australia website.

Misty’s second career

I care about the welfare of thoroughbred horses – so I’m proud of my work with The Thoroughbred Club (TTC). In the last year the TTC has been able to sponsor six ex-racehorses in their transition to second equestrian careers.

I recently interviewed Marielle Sweeting and her beautiful horse Misty. LISTEN to this video to find out more about Misty’s transition from the track to show jumper-in-the-making.

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SHARON LENTON