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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.