Racing NSW Equine Welfare Fund
One of Elissar Maalouf’s favourite childhood memories is going to races with her father, Elie. Randwick, Rosehill, Canterbury, Warwick Farm. She loved admiring the horses, especially those owned by her Dad.
As Ethereal was entering the history books as the winner of 2001 Melbourne Cup, Hannah Jackson was entering the world at Sydney’s Nepean Hospital. Call it an omen or a simply a coincidence, this precious little girl would fall deeply in love with horses the moment she laid eyes on one.
While Love Gun was no star on the race track he’s certainly shining in life after racing and now he can add TV star to his resume. Rebeccah Vaclavik from Prime 7 News put together this heartwarming report on his new career as a trail riding horse.
As a racehorse Kilwinning Luck was average at best. He managed two wins in 25 starts and an awkward movement on his front nearside had stewards considering whether they should let him race at all. In the end it was a bleeding attack that forced Kilwinning Luck into retirement.
It takes a special kind of horse to be a successful trail rider. They need to know where to go when the rider doesn’t know how to direct them, stay calm especially if the rider is nervous and stand still when the rider decides to try and take their jumper off over their helmet and gets stuck halfway.
Skygge ran his last race at Orange on 23rd November. By 27th he was easily jumping 50cm under the guidance of talented young equestrienne Stephanie Mackillop.
From the day he was born Reprieve was full of promise. He was the first foal from multiple group-winning mare Shania Dane, was perfectly put together and had a beautiful temperament. The colt began his racing career in Sydney but it soon became clear he wasn’t going to be the star everyone hoped for.
Falklands has shown there is a post-racing life for racehorses. He finished first in the 2012 Port Macquarie Cup and claimed his first Australian Jumping Championship title at Boneo Park last weekend.
He was cut from the finest cloth as a blueblood racehorse and although possessing abundant talent, 28-year-old Bellomahal has since shown his real worth off the racecourse.
Meet Valinorean, an unraced 7 year old former Darley horse who has found his calling as a superstar of the NSW Mounted Police Unit!