At just 21 years of age Tilly McCarroll has an equestrian CV that would turn someone twice her age green with envy. But her greatest achievement of all so far has four legs, a long tail and can clear jumps the size of a small car.
Grand Zulu (Grand Lodge x Bravo Zulu) enjoyed a glittering career as a racehorse, earning $1,861,547 in prizemoney, but even more impressive is what he has achieved off the track in the years since.
Thrill Ofthe Skill was bred for a life on the racetrack. Instead, the now 7yo mare is showing her versatility off it. Since being adopted by Diane Hickey, she has become an important part of 7th Light Horse Gundagai Troop and this month completed her greatest challenge so far – a 130km trek.
Line Up Girls ran his last race a little over 12 months ago and retired at Team Thoroughbred NSW’s Oxley Island facility. He was adopted by local counsellor and mental health advocate Heather Cambridge and is already helping children become the best version of themselves.
On Boxing Day, Byzantium galloped to victory at Wellington for Central Districts Trainer, Bob Howe. On 14th January he won again. In between, he was trotting gracefully around the show ring at the Thoroughbred Spring Fair under the guidance of Bob’s teenage daughter, Brooke.
Thoroughbreds are the breed of choice for talented eventer Elsa Vigneau-Ribal and she has struck gold with the latest additions to her stable.
As Nature Strip was blasting across the line to claim victory in The TAB Everest, cheers were erupting from the loungeroom of the Chapman home in the Hunter Region. They’re not connections of Nature Strip and they’re not punters either. They were simply thrilled for Chris Waller who also trained The Rumour File, the now retired racehorse who has become a much-loved part of their family.
As a Police Officer, Jen Lynch sees the best and worst of society but even after the roughest day her retired racehorses always put a smile on her face.
Jockey Jeff Penza and his wife Michelle have been around horses since they were kids but their recent foray into showjumping has intensified their passion for equestrian sports and they’re doing it all on retired racehorses.
Kate Clancy and former Joe Cleary galloper Wingman are preparing to take on the inaugural Race To Ranch Challenge, which showcases the trainability, versatility, athleticism and willingness of the Thoroughbred horse.
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