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 – Will & Talia Sims

Meet owner Talia Sims and her horse, Will (race name Whispering Dream)

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

Will had one start but was retired due to roaring. When he left the track he can straight to me to begin his new life.

What is your story on how you came to own Will:

I love giving them a second chance at life.

What discipline does Will now excel:


Personal story about Will:

He is very dirty and a character and likes to show his private parts the minute I get out of the saddle :) This makes cleaning for me very easy….otherwise he is very mouthy and plays with everything that’s within his reach so your tackbox will be empty very soon….

Thank you for your story on Will.

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 – 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 – 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:
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 – 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:

Show Jumping

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.

Track Talk Tuesday – She Has a Name

Following on from the “Dreams Do Come True” story recently, our beautiful Bel Esprit x Monte Bella filly has been named ….. Spirit Rich.

Bella, as she is affectionately known by two of her happy owners, commenced her second educational preparation at the Robert Heathcote stables last month.

To date, Bella has had two jumps from the barriers, one on dirt over 400m which she won by five lengths and a second on turf over 800m on a heavy track.  Unfortunately, our girl didn’t like the tough going and finished a creditable 4th in a field of seven.

Despite having not handled the softness of the ground, her track work rider says Bella is doing everything right and did not sustain any injuries from her gallop.

On a positive note Bella received her barrier certificate on the same day which is very good news, meaning she will be able to officially trial and race when she is ready for the next step.

Many race meetings and trials have been abandoned in South East Queensland over the past couple of weeks so we are waiting on some clear, track drying weather.  The Deagon track will be holding trials next Thursday, so at this stage we hoping Bella can participate.

Spirit Rich … May she have lots of spirit and make us all rich …


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.

Track Talk Tuesday – Matthew C Smith Racing Stables

On Sunday Matthew C Smith Racing Stables open their hospitality doors to invite all their owners and guests.  Over 180 people turned up which was such a great turn out in what was a glorious winter’s day.

Catering for that many at the Track was no easy accomplishment.  Plenty of food and dessert plus the bar was open – mind you from 11 am!!!!

A big success of the day would have to be the walk on the track with Andrew Adkins.  Andrew explained what each spot would mean to a jockey, also explaining conditions of the tracks.  

While the adults were learning racing tactics, the kids were enjoying their interaction with the cute miniature animal farm:  bunnies, goats, ducks, lambs were a huge hit. 

Matthew kept the adults well and truly entertained when he bought out 7 horses for either leasing or buying.  

These open  days are invaluable to both trainers and owners.  You get to feel part of a huge family with everyone mingling and enjoying their day. Also a great way to see the new horses available in the stable.  We can highly recommend if considering a metropolitan trainer, you consider Matthew – so approachable, knowledgeable and knows how to look after his clients. 

But we all know, behind every great man is an amazing woman and this is so true when it comes to Matthew’s wife, Melissa.  This woman is Wonder Woman. Nothing too hard, and always a pleasure to talk too.  Melissa can pull off any event and they are always a great success.   

Last season the Matthew C Smith Racing Stable trained 42 winners and so far this season has produced the winners of 35 races, with the latest winner being Catmosphere at Wyong on July 14.

Congrats to all the team at Matthew Smith Racing Stable on your success and, for the way you look after your owners.


Track Talk Tuesday – What happens after your race?

Have you ever wondered exactly what after your horse races?
It was fabulous to catch up with Lucy Keegan-Attard, Assistant Trainer / Office Manager at Jason Attard Racing where we asked this exact question.  Thoroughbred Events Australia’s very first horse Cinderconi just won at Goulburn and it was perfect timing to ask Lucy – exactly what happens to Cinderconi after she races while we are all celebrating?
Lucy was able to run us through the process.

After the Race

“Firstly, straight after the race the strapper will meet the horse & jockey back in the enclosure, clipping the lead back to the bridle and making it safe for the jockey to unsaddle the horse.
Should the horse be lucky enough to have won (which we did) or achieved a minor placing, the strapper will bring the horse into their allocated place stall for unsaddling.
If the horse wins, then the strapper will keep the horse in the enclosure so that the winning owners and race sponsors have photos taken with the winning sash being held across the front of the horse.
Following a win, the strapper is then accompanied by a qualified swabbing attendant who will stay with them whilst they carry out the usual duties for post race.
The horse is taken back to it’s allocated stall where it’s bridle and any other items worn for the race are removed, their head collar and bit will be put on ready for it to be hosed off.
The horse will then be thoroughly hosed off in the wash bay.  This is the ideal time for the strapper to check the horse for it’s recovery (how quickly the breathing comes back to a normal rate, if deemed necessary heart rate can be taken also by placing the back of your hand against the horses girth & counting heart beats for 15 seconds and then multiplying by 4 to get a 60 second rate).  The horse is also checked for any cuts or abrasions that may have been sustained in the barriers and in the race itself.
Once the horse is washed and the strapper is happy, a small drink of water is offered followed by hand walking for up to 45 minutes depending on how the horse is recovering and how hot the weather is.  The walking is done with intervals of stopping back in the stall to offer a drink.
If the horse has won the race or has been requested to provide a post race urine sample all of the above is done in the presence of the swabbing attendant using their water bucket, scraper and a special swab box for the horse to urinate in.
Whistling is a good tool to encourage the horse to urinate and you will often hear stable hands whistling at horses whenever they pass urine in order to familiarise them with the command.
The swab staff will catch an amount of urine in a pan on a long handle & then prepare it to be sent to the laboratory for testing.
Once the horse has recovered sufficiently well and at least 45 minutes has passed since it raced it is ready to be transported home.  Rugs, travel boots and overreach boots will be put on before the horse is loaded onto the truck or trailer.
When the horse arrives back at home it will be checked again & if deemed necessary sometimes a pain killer / anti-inflammitory may be administered for recovery. Stable bandages and rugs will be applied as per usual routine and the horse is then bedded down for the night with plenty of clean fresh water, hay and an evening feed.”

At Home

Lucy further goes on to say: “We are very lucky that we are able to put our horses out in a medium sized grass yard for at least a day after each run.  This is done in morning stables after the horse has been checked, it’s feed level recorded and temperature taken.
A routine trot up is carried out on our drive way and if there is any cause for concern our vet will come and assess the trot up as well.
The horse will then be offered a roll in the sand roll before being turned out for the day.
Offering a roll is a great way of seeing how the horse has come through their race initially as you get to know what each horse does each time it has a roll and how fresh they are feeling, most of our horses bounce around in the roll & will roll quite vigorously!
After having a full day off in a grass yard our horses will then the next day have a swim and a walk on the horse walker followed by another day out on the grass.  Depending on how hard a run they had they may even have a couple of days walking and  swimming or just cantering on our track at home before they resume their work at the race track.


Usually gallops start again a week after the race, again depending on the horse and how it performed and it’s programme going forward.  They are all different and no two horses follow the exact same programme.”
You can see how much work goes into every step of the way to ensure the horse’s welfare is of paramount concern.  A happy horse is a happy race horse!!!
Lucy concluded:  “I would love to wish everyone involved in ownership luck and more than anything, happy racing!”

Amy, Sharon & Lucy

We cannot thank Lucy enough for her time and knowledgeable insight.  Every part of ownership should be enjoyed and owners need to appreciate just how much time and love goes into getting your horse to, from and after the track.
See you at the track

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.