For the love of the horse
Horses are in Asarri McPhee’s blood, but two off the track Thoroughbreds have awakened his passion for showjumping.
Kiersten Duke chats to Bianca Argyros about why she chose to adopt retired champion racehorse Ecuador from Team Thoroughbred NSW and their journey so far.
As racehorses, Delectation and Delarthur couldn’t have had more different careers. Delectation won a Group 1 and amassed more than $1.6million in prizemoney. Delarthur raced once, came last and didn’t earn a cent. This unlikely pair have come together in retirement though. Both got rails runs into life after racing when they were given to Team Thoroughbred to be retrained, and hit the jackpot when they were adopted by Sue Small.
The recently-formed Deepwater Polo Club is providing new career opportunities for off the track Thoroughbreds and a social outlet for locals.
Racing NSW’s new equine therapy program Spur, run in partnership with RSL LifeCare, is giving veterans and retired racehorses a new lease on life.
When Bianca Argyros decided to adopt a retired racehorse earlier this year, she couldn’t have imagined the impact it would have on her life. Now she is fundraising for Team Thoroughbred NSW as her way of giving back.
While the inaugural winner of The Kosciuszko, Belflyer, has his sights set on defending his title on Saturday, a former John Shelton stablemate owned by the same people is gearing up for a Kosciuszko challenge of his own. When Better Be Good retired in late 2018 he came into Racing NSW’s rehoming program and began training for his next career. His sweet and gentle temperament made him ideal for the Spur equine therapy program, which culminates in a five-day trail ride through Kosciuszko National Park.
17-year-old Max Robinson chose horses over motorbikes and his decision has already paid off. He was one of just eight talented Pony Club riders selected to help retrain retired racehorses for a tri-nations showjumping competition which begins today.
While Isabel Roach’s friends were heading off to Schoolies Week, the then eighteen-year-old was heading to the stables. Instead of a holiday, she bought herself a Thoroughbred as a graduation present and now they’re competing in national level dressage together.
More than three decades of military service took a heavy toll on Shane Cheney but he’s found solace in an equine therapy course run jointly by Racing NSW and RSL LifeCare.