Bull, now affectionately known as Ted for his laid back, cuddly nature was bred by Burnewang North Pastoral in Northern Victoria, Aus. He was raced in NZ by Ngapuke Racing. Since retiring from racing Bulwer Bay has been very successful, currently competing at 3*** Eventing, Dressage level 3, Show jumping 1.20m and multiple champions in the show ring. He will forever be a special part of the family!
Story shared by Sarah Mullen
Slim is my 10YO thoroughbred by Fastnet Rock. He was bred in Australia and has raced in both NZ and Hong Kong. Once retired I purchased him from Event Stars. I have had him for 3 years now and he is my first ottb. It took a lot of convincing my Mum to allow me to get a thoroughbred as she thought of all the typical stereotypes. But Slim has truly busted all of them, he is the most laid back (lazy) horse I’ve ever owned. Anywhere we are, including shows if standing still for more than a minute he is fast asleep. My parents call him our Labrador at shows as he just hangs around with us getting cuddles and sleeping. I’ve done almost everything on him, SJ, show hunter, eventing, dressage, pony club. This year my Mum has started riding him mostly trekking and road riding and she has also fallen in love with him almost as much as I have and he will now be my forever horse. Story shared by Paige Bowles
Dart is one very special horse; he is very kind and has the most genuine nature. He caters for a range of riders doing over 10 rides per week, an average of 100 rides per term. Dart is a favourite with the volunteers as his ground manners are great. His riders range from sports riders to adult learners to kids having their first ever canter on the lunge. We consider ourselves very lucky to have Dart as part of our team, he has brought joy to many riders over the years. In 2016 he made us even more proud of him when he won the NZRDA Horse of the Year Title, winning over $1200 in products for the group. Dart is now 21 and as in the picture, he still looks great and shows no signs of retiring just yet.
Story shared by EquiPotential
With only five starts, Prince Steve did not stand a chance in the racing world. Standing at only 15.2hh he was not cut out for the track. He never won anything but has made such a wonderful dressage mount. We have not been out competing yet however have been doing level 1-2 dressage tests at home. He is an absolute sweetheart and a dream to have around. Prince lives with 15 other horses and has a best friend called Tai. He is so obliging and always comes to the fence nickering when I come to see him. He is the best horse I could have asked for and is such a wonderful member of the family.
Story shared by Margaux McElhinney
“Donnybrook” aka Donny. Donny is my heart horse whom Mum got for me when I was just eight years old. After having a successful racing career he was passed around homes until he landed with me where he took me on many adventures. From my first gallop to hacking down the beach tackless. He taught me to ride. He is still teaching little kids to ride. I couldn’t be more thankful for him and all he has done for me 💞
Story shared by Billie Moratti
Alpha is a 9YO Ottb who I have had for about 10ish months now. We got straight into things when I first got him and then I went away for 2 weeks, came back and he wasn't doing too well. He had some massive gut issues. After lots of blood tests and 3 rounds of ulcer treatment we started to see the light again. It's been a long and slow 4 months of bringing him back into work slowly. About 2 weeks ago we were told we had been accepted into the foundation camp for Equifest. This was super exciting and over the 3 days we have gained so much trust and confidence in each other. He coped so well with everything going on, and was better than I could of ever asked for. Alpha is special to me as he is the next step for me returning to competing after having my daughter and having a tb that was very lazy.
Story shared by Amber Michell
Kevin retired from racing on the 19 of September 2022 after having 21 starts for two wins, 2 seconds, 1 third. We brought Kevin as a 4 year old as a sporthorse and I (Josh) competed in beyond the barriers 2018 on him. He placed in the cowboy challenge class!! We were given the opportunity to bring him back as a racehorse with sights on steeplechasing. Kevin introduced us to a lot of good people who helped us train him and learn what it takes to produce a jumper. He won his first ever chase (our first race win!) and finished second in the next. Unfortunately he suffered a paddock accident earlier in his career with us which plagued him with troubles and niggles to his last start. We owe Kevin for everything he has done for us and everyone he introduced us to. He has taught us so much. He will now live on the farm as a baby sitter, a very immature, energetic not very well behaved one that has never grown up haha!! Story shared by Joshua Lavelle and Sacha Rennie
Now known as Helie, there is nothing this wee horse can’t do once she puts her mind to it. She has jumped, shown, hunted, done cowboy challenge, working equation, river riders and treks to name a few of her many talents. But most of all she is my best friend and she is one of our family where she will live her life as the princess she is. ❤️
Story shared by Paul Rogers
Midnight Countess came from Eventstars in Cambridge after she finished her racing career. Since I have had her she sustained a gaskin injury that has now healed and we are well on our retraining journey with several events coming up. I have had her out to the beach, she hacks at home and alone or in company and travels well in the float, she can be pushy on the ground but we are slowly working on that! She has plenty of jumping scope and I hope to have her out eventing consistently by the end of the year as well as any other local events. She got introduced to working equitation a few weekends ago and is already great at hoofball and likes to give it a good shove! She is not stabled at all, has a large 3 acre paddock with a broodmare and 15 week old colt for company.
Story shared by Jo Rushbrooke
Irish came to me in January ‘22 after John Mason sadly passed. The first time I met him was when he came to the Manawatu to race. John phoned me asking if I could strap for him. He was such a dude. I never thought he would end up in my paddock. Three weeks after he arrived, we went to a small causal show jumping day and he was super. Sadly he had a paddock accident that took months to heal so he was on holiday recovery with lots of carrots and chats with his little human. In November he did his first inhand show and placed in all classes. In March ‘23 for his first ridden show we got placed in most of his classes. A week later he brought home Champion from the Masterton A&P Show. I’m so very grateful for this boy to come into my life as a sport horse. He has taken it in his stride to even be a kids lead rein pony for my two year old. The plan is to do a bit of everything and have fun and most of all make John Mason proud this season. Story shared by Veronica Bennellick
I was lucky enough to pre train On the Rocks before his last prep and we did lots of different things including farm and beach rides, some jumping and also competing him in the Love Racing thoroughbred class at Cambridge A&P, so I put my name in the hat to give him a home when he retired. I was so fortunate that they trusted me to give him a home, but I think it was more the fact that he adored my young daughter (and she adored him) so I’d say he will end up her pony club horse in a few years. However while we are waiting for her legs to grow, I get to ride him and he’s been to a dressage day and a couple of jumping days, placing in everything to date. He loves jumping! He is a pleasure to do anything with and of course that is a testament to Ballymore Stables. I’ve worked with hundreds of off the track (and on the track) thoroughbreds and he is the most placid and easy going I’ve ever come across. I pinch myself daily that he’s in my paddock. Story shared by Jo Stevens
Once my beautiful girl of 16yrs young finished her career on the race track she became my showing and level 1 dressage horse and enjoys getting out and about, always coming home with ribbons. She is special to me in so many ways and such a sweet girl to be around, not your usual hot headed red head that people make them out to be. Will fall asleep in the ring and pony kids around the ring, she comes running over when she sees me. Just a beautiful soul and one who I could not be without.
Story shared by Sheena Casidy
At the moment I feel he is a bit young to do too much work, even though his racing career is over at the grand old age of 3. I lunge him and ride him around our farm. He is a gentle soul and seems a lot older than what he is. I think he likes the laid back lifestyle of farming life and hopefully he will stay in that mode. He isn't fazed by tractors, machinery, livestock and tankers. He doesn't like to be on his own though but I'm sure he will improve over time. I am hoping that in time he will be my dressage horse, he has some lovely paces and a good attitude so fingers crossed. He came from EventStars and has a forever home with me.
Story shared by Janette Rogers
I have been blessed to have the love of one of the many off the track TB’s. Red Oasis, now 23 and looking very much the magnificent equine that he is, bold, strong, handsome and very much a part of my life since he was rising 9. BIG Red is my everything. We embarked on eventing (not to my liking as l’m a bit of a sook and l’d just had a c section, hmm not recommended) Show jumping (hmm still too scary over 65cm) Dressage, (hmm loved the outfits but wasn't very good in the driver’s seat) So, we did A & P shows and ribbon days, now that was more my thing. Forward to 2013, l decided to bake him some tasty wholesome treats and before l knew it, he is a house hold name nationwide with Big Red's Stable Snacks, available nationwide in 50+ stores. . He melts my heart every single day l look at him bold, strong and magnificent 💖 my life, my soul my once in a lifetime racehorse. The Incredible Red Oasis made my dreams come true..Story shared by Angela Broadbent
DL is a young gelding who is learning about life as a pleasure/show horse. I can see many adventures over the next few years as he learns about life after racing. DL is living happily with Helie in Waimate and the Rogers family. ❤️
Story shared by Paula Rogers
Remi is currently learning to become an eventer, he has a wonderful jump and willingness to learn new things. Remi is special to me because he has the goofiest personality and when you put his halter or bridle on he’ll smile :)
Story shared by Maddison Hoeata
Astro is a Bay/Brown gelding who was trained in Cambridge by Ralph Manning. He had 2 rather unsuccessful starts before he was retired. He had a couple of different homes, before a friend who knew him and his owners at the time, decided he would be perfect for me and set us up back in 2016. We have competed in Showing with many Champion ribbons to his name and have more recently been competing in Dressage very successfully. We hope to progress through the levels over time. He also enjoys hacking over the farm, beach rides and the occasional jump for variation! He is a special boy who is very loved and makes me smile every day.
Story shared by Nikki Fieldes
Virat didn't quite love the racing life and wasn't exactly a stable favourite so after 5 races he got the sack. After coming off the track as a rising 5yo he started out at a few hunts and learning to jump spars very quickly. He completed his first season in show jumping last year coming home with a top 3 placing at every show up to 1m. He's currently enjoying frequent beach rides and a quiet season of show jumping.
Photo credit: Bella Maitland
Story shared by Rhiarna Webster
I bought Kato last year after he had a long break from riding. He had an awesome racing career and has settled nicely into becoming a sport horse. He loves hacking out around the farm and he is a bold jumper. He always does his best to please and I can't wait to see what we can achieve together.
Story shared by Melissa Berridge