For the love of the horse
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.
“Of course I’m going to try and beat her!” They say blood is thicker than water but when Hayley Robl and her mum Elaine saddle up for the One Star event at Denman Horse Trials this weekend, family ties will be left in the float.
Elaine Robl developed a soft spot for Pirellone as his trackwork rider and adopted him at the end of his career. While he wasn’t a star racehorse he & Elaine are winning plenty of ribbons in retirement.
Tamworth school girl Holly Turnbull didn’t have high expectations for her 13-year-old thoroughbred heading into the six-bar event at Coona, but she shocked herself by jumping clear at 1.35m and winning the prestigious competition.
A breathing problem cut short Mr Manhattan’s racing career but nothing is holding him back in life after racing.