The love of animals started by growing up on a dairy farm and driving tractors with her twin brother at the age of 6. Helen Hart owns and runs HELDEN PARK STUD which is located at Lochinvar in NSW. She currently has 11 broodmares on the property as well as other horses spelling. Some of the horses she breeds do go to various sales or she will retain them and race them on herself.
One that she did breed is a mare called LITTLE RED SHOES or Ginger as Helen affectionately calls her, who won on Sunday at Hawkesbury. LITTLE RED SHOES is out of a mare called BELLE OF NEW YORK (Belle) and there is a little bit of a family story behind how she got her name.
Firstly, Belle was purchased off Sir Patrick Hogan in New Zealand. Helen really wanted a Stravinsky filly so she travelled to New Zealand to the sales where Belle was purchased and brought back to Australia. As far as the name goes Helen’s mother was an actress and when she was young she was commissioned to be on the cover of the program for the musical BELLE OF NEW YORK for the JC Williamson musical school. Helen still has that cover and said to herself that one day she will name a horse BELLE OF NEW YORK and the rest is history. This mare is very deep to Helen’s heart. BELLE OF NEW YORK has also produced DESTINY’S HERO for Helen who has had 10 stats for 2 wins. He ran in the Queensland Guineas in June this year and is now currently spelling. Next prep he will be one to look out for.
Helen has also told me to keep an eye out for 2 others horses that will be coming through the ranks. Firstly, a 2yo (rising 3) Dundeel x Sawayep colt named LAMANZE (who is currently at Evergreen Stud being broken in) and a yearling (rising 2) Smart Missile x Every Dream filly who Helen dreams of winning the Flight Stakes with.
Helen is very much a horse person and has a hands on approach. She was a vet nurse and prefers the naturalist way with the use of magnets and herbal medicines in raising her horses. All foals are handled from a very young age and Helen loves her them all as part of the family.
We wish Helen every success with her breeding at HELDEN PARK STUD and also hope she is back in the winner’s circle in the not too distant future.
Words by Robyn Fowler
Photos by Bradley Photos