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AGENT ANNA

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2011 Mare
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Just 4 starts for a 3rd and a 5th before a tendon injury ended her racing career. I was in love with her so took her home for rehab and she has become my forever horse. Done a bit of everything dressage days, cross country and showjumping, beach and forest. Not your typical orange mare, loves to be a smooch and its cool to look out the window and see her every day.
 
Story shared by Anna Furlong

ALBERTO THOR (Parker)

Performance
Born:
2015 Gelding
Location:
South Waikato
Present Role:
Hack
Parker wasn’t able to find too many gears on the race track and had his final race in September 2019. Living the life and being occasionally hacked since, Parker has been professionally schooled for the past two months with Chad and Aliesha at Riverrock Farm (who have done a super job). Now back home, we hope to aim toward some lower level dressage days in 2021. Parker is very quirky, a sensitive soul and definitely keeps us on our toes! As my family bred him and have kept him all the way through, he holds a special place in our hearts, no matter how naughty he wants to be sometimes!
 
Story shared by Lena Jones

AMBITIOUS DRAGON

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2006 Gelding
Location:
Hawkes Bay
Present Role:
Nanny
Bred by Hawke's Bay Breeder of the Year Pat Lowry, Ambitious Dragon is a dual Hong Kong Horse of the Year and rated third top miler in the world. He is back home at Kiwikawa (neighbouring Okawa Stud) Hastings. Twice, Pins (Snippets) was NZ leading sire for global progeny earnings. Ambitious Dragon won 13 races, including 7 Group Ones, and the equivalent of NZ$10.9 million in prize money. In his retirement, Ambitious Dragon babysits the colts and looks after the team. He hates motor bikes but loves grass and food. He is a lovely natured horse and an absolute pleasure to have around. 
 
Story shared by Guy and Brigid Lowry  HKJC Racing Performance   HKJC video

AMNESTYS CHILD (Honey)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2013 Mare
Location:
Thames
Present Role:
Equine Therapist
Honey has found a new career as an equine therapy horse for Annarehab based near Thames. She was discovered at a Waikato Standardbred Rehoming where she had wound up entirely by accident after being on the same truck as a standardbred who was being dropped off there. She immediately sought connection with Anna and Amelia, her young friend, so they bought her home instead of the horse they went to see! She has been working for some three years now and is an empathetic mare who is an outstanding therapy horse. She is particularly good with teenage girls and women’s groups.
 
Story shared by Anna Baigent

BALERUNE

Performance
Dam:
Born:
2004 Gelding
Location:
Hawkes Bay
Present Role:
Retired
Balerune won 4 races despite having thin soles and arthritic problems in his knees, then suffering a career ending tendon injury. He has been used as a lead horse for young thoroughbreds and also as a riding horse, now living out his days as the patriarch of a herd of four.
 
Story shared by Allan Hunt

BLACK TO BLACK (Blackie)

Performance
Born:
1997 Gelding
Location:
Auckland
Present Role:
Retired
Black to Black (Shown as Supremacy) raced 35 times for 4 wins and many placings. Blackie was purchased by me from David Cole and his striking natural black colour and presence was a no brainer. He could be a little sharp at times, however he was very successful in the show ring. He won the Johnny Rogers Memorial Trophy at Waikato Agricultural Show which is the best of every type of livestock on show. He was chosen from the horse section and was the overall winner. He was runner up park Hack of the Year and he is still with the same family enjoying his retirement.
 
Story shared by Claire Simpson

BLUE QUAIL 2006 (Trouble)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2006 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse
My Dad (Tony Pike) purchased this colt in 2007 in hope of producing a champion despite being very small at 15hh. But he was too slow and always cantered along at the back of the trial field. My mum Kirsten was very quick to snatch him up. Trouble quickly got the hang of being a pretty show pony and had many successes including runner up Park Hack at the prestigious Horse of the Year show in 2012. Trouble got sold on to be an eventer and competed to 1* level. He came up for sale as I was looking for my first hack. He felt like a V8 car compared to my little ponies. Trouble and I had many successes and competed in two Horse of the Year shows having lots of fun together. He is a horse I will never forget. He sure taught me how to ride and be very patient and determined. He is now enjoying life back in the show ring. And he never grew any bigger being only 15.1 🙈
Story shared by Molly Pike

CAFE CULTURE (Baz)

Performance
Born:
2009 Gelding
Location:
Hawkes Bay
Present Role:
Retired
After a short but successful racing career, Baz and long time companion Muffin (ex Lisa Latta’s) enjoy a complete retirement on their 6 acre rolling hill paddock with panoramic views of the Heretaunga Plains. Apples and carrots in the morning and a hardfeed at night brings them off the hill for cover changing. They enjoy racing each other to the top of the hill 2-3 times a day to keep themselves fit. Baz still likes to win! He has not had a saddle on his back since his last race and they will remain on the property permanently.
 
Story shared by Margaret Larsen

CAJERO (Shillings)

Performance
Born:
2009 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Cajero raced for Te Akau both here and in Singapore. Renamed Shillings he started his sport horse career a few years ago and is now at the highest level in NZ (4 star) he is a big horse with a heart of gold. He hasn't a difficult or mean bone in his body and has put his best foot forward in his new career. A natural athlete, he is an easy going generous horse that is a pleasure to own and ride. He has proven to be brave, honest and trustworthy with all those looking after him from groom to vets to farriers and in all that his new career throws at him. He has many friends amongst the other horses on the property and is an all round good guy. In human terms the generous aristocrat, loved in the village and excelling at all he turns his head to.
 
Story shared by Bundy Philpott

CAPTAIN TODD

Performance
Born:
2007 Gelding
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Retired
Captain Todd has been retired here at Norwood Agistment Farm by the Stokes since November 2017
He spends his time with his mates, a small herd of geldings in a paddock, they have access to a large round or medium square of hay/baleage, depending on the time of year. During the colder months he is covered.
 
Story shared by Fran Barcham

CHAMBORD

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2010 Gelding
Location:
South Waikato
Present Role:
Family Member
Retired Te Akau racehorse Chambord has continued showing his finesse off the track in both the show-jumping arena and hunting field. Chambord is one of 15 horses re-homed by stable apprentice Chelsea Burdan. He went to Woodhill Sands (Equestrian Events Centre) and then to another top show in Auckland. He’s a pretty easy going and nice horse. He’s cool to have around, tough as nails and has never been lame. He’s the toughest horse I’ve ever had.
I’m really fond of him. He’s a horse with plenty of character and it’s nice to see how much he has settled into his new environment.
 
Story shared by Chelsea Burdan

CHANTILLY GRACE 2002 (Drum)

Performance
Born:
2002 Horse
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Retired
Drum is one of Captain Todds paddock mates. He is 18 years old, his owner Alexa, has owned him for 15 years.
Drum was unnamed, has never been near a racetrack. Alexa helped at Glyns doing yearling prep, and was offered Drum. He has been here at Norwood Agistment Farm since March 2018. In the time Drum has been here, Alexa has been busy with a young family. She visits with carrots, when she has time.
 
Story shared by Fran Barcham

CHEESE MAKER

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2009 Gelding
Location:
Manawatu
Present Role:
Eventer
Cheese Maker raced 33 times for 4 wins over his career, retiring at the grand age of 10. He has now transferred his skills to equestrian sports and is loving life as a trainee eventer in the Manawatu.
 
Story shared on behalf of David Moir

CHETTAK (Al)

Performance
Born:
2002 Gelding
Location:
Manawatu
Present Role:
Retired
Marsh Racing runner Chettak ( left in photo ) was a successful Group race winner who came back from injury at the age of 9 to win his last ever race. ‘Al’ is now retired in Palmerston North alongside former stable mates Chocante and Top Echelon where he likes to think he’s the boss and is inquisitive about everything going on around him. Very playful in nature, he has to have a few toys in the paddock to keep him entertained - his favourite being a road cone.
 
Story shared by Helen Lawrence

CHOCANTE (Choc)

Performance
Born:
2012 Gelding
Location:
Manawatu
Present Role:
Retired
Talented Chocante’s career came to an end due to injury after having achieved success racing in New Zealand and Australia. Choc was rehomed to Helen Lawrence from Marsh Racing in 2020 where he is loving life hanging out with former stable mates Chettak and Top Echelon.
 
Story shared by Helen Lawrence

CUZZIE CHARLIE

Performance
Born:
2011 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse
On retirement Raymond Connors organised for Cuzzie Charlie to go EventStars, a Cambridge based operation run by Gina Schick which rehomes hundreds of retired racehorses annually. With an ‘S’ on his shoulder & his laid-back attitude Charlie didn’t stray far! Charlie still calls the EventStars paddocks home two years later and enjoys hacking round the Schick’s family stud farm, Windsor Park Stud, where he was born & raised before being sold as a yearling to Connors. Charlie’s sport horse career highlight thus far is winning the 2019 Dunstan Ex-Factor, a competition run annually by Beyond The Barriers NZ. 
 
Story shared by Miranda Horton

DAHLEEN 2011 (Gryff)

Performance
Born:
2011 Gelding
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Sadly Departed
Gryff stole our hearts. He had an ability to make people feel good by just being in his presence. He was entered for the sales but Michael couldn't bear to part with him so he was withdrawn. Gryff pulled up after a gallop and simply 'wasn't right'. He was retired immediately. Gryff made an instant impact in the show ring. He won multiple wide ribbons highlighted by his win in the Hunter Turnout at the Chch Show. Michael enjoyed trekking and a spot of hunting on Gryff and he was always 'Michael's horse'. We started to notice a number of issues with our darling horse and did everything we could to work out what was going on. It was absolutely horrendous, he was diagnosed as a wobbler. Our hearts were broken and Gryff was laid to rest at the bottom of our garden. "A great horse will change your life. The truly special ones define it..." Author Unknown
Story shared by Anna Miles
 

DIRECT LINE (Harry)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2007 Gelding
Location:
Bay of Plenty
Present Role:
All Rounder
Direct Line (Harry) raced 18 times for one win before retiring in 2014 to enjoy life as a farm hack. Fast forward to 2020, and he got the call up to once more don the track saddle and teach current pilot Kira Gilmour the ropes as a track work rider.
Kira says….. ‘we quickly ditched the track saddle and swapped to a show saddle and Harry loved all the fuss of becoming a show horse. So off we went to our first ribbon day, coming home with his first ever wide and supreme Hunter Hack. We are now out competing most weekends!’
 
Story Shared on behalf of Kira Gilmour

DISTURBANCE (Tiger)

Performance
Born:
2013 Gelding
Location:
West Coast South Island
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Bought at Karaka as a yearling, broken in and had a lengthy career, 42 starts, 8 wins, 6 seconds and 8 thirds in races and a short stint in Oz winning the Dubbo Cup. Absolute stable pet. Retired the end of 2019 now in a loving home with Nikki Cross in Hokitika on the West Coast. She gushes about him and how safe and quiet he is, so laid back and very smoochy. Happy to go out alone, goes on the float to the arena for a lesson 3x a week and has started some jumping. Nikki will get him out and about for showing and jumping in the future. Fair to say she is in love and he is a forever horse!
 
Story shared by Anna Furlong

DUBAI SHUFFLE (Dubs)

Performance
Born:
2009 Gelding
Location:
Thames
Present Role:
Equine Therapist
Dubs, Dubbie, Dubbiedubs, Dubai. Dubai is a the newest member of the Equine Therapy team based near Thames and is transitioning into his new role under the watchful eyes of Anna and Maria Baigent of Annarehab and HALO (Horse Assisted Learning Opportunities) He has about 6 months of further retraining to be solid with novices but is already working with their senior students and is coming along beautifully. He has a kind nature and a genuine enjoyment of the attention he gets being in this team. Seen here with Chloe who bought him this fine halter.
 
Story shared by Anna Baigent

EL SOLDADO (Max)

Performance
Dam:
Born:
2006 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Retired
Max still thinks he's a 6-year-old and runs things at home. He is happily retired and shares a paddock with his Mum. He takes much interest in the comings and goings on the farm, always the first to check out who is arriving. Max is a tough horse who always gives 150 percent. He can be arrogant and has a ‘don’t mess with me vibe’ but he has a huge heart and he would give you the shirt (rug) off his back. He was a pleasure to train and it was a real team effort, him and me. To win a race like that (2016 Auckland Cup) was life changing.
 
Story shared by Phillip Devcich

ELEANOR COUP 2015 (Marvin)

Performance
Born:
2015 Horse
Location:
Manawatu
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Marvin is a loved member of the Marcie Flipp racing Kennels. We got Marvin after he failed to show enough speed to make a racehorse. Food was his number one priority. He loves his food and walking on two back legs. He is now being trained as a showhorse. He recently went to his first show (December 2020) where he won every ribbon except Best Mannered - we got some work to do!
 
Story shared by Jasmine Leigh

EUGENIE JOY (Pixie)

Performance
Sire:
Dam:
Born:
2014 Mare
Location:
Taranaki
Present Role:
Barrel Racer
Pixie, formerly known as Eugenie Joy, never really wanted to be a racehorse from the get go, judging by all her results in her short time as a race horse. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to run. I got Pixie after she had spelled for a year or so in the paddock. 10 rides later she ran at her first barrel racing run, 3 weeks after I got her. She qualified (and would have won on the day if not for jockey error!) with the fastest time by a long shot, out running everyone else, some who had been practicing for months. She may not have wanted to be a race horse, but she sure loves whipping round those barrels at full speed. And when she’s not doing that, she loves being a plod along trekking pony. She’s a sweet and cuddly pocket rocket pony, and she sure loves her job.
 
Story shared by Brittany Simonson.  Photo Credit Denise Flay Photography

FOXBURROW HILL (Hugo)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2011 Gelding
Location:
Auckland
Present Role:
Paddock Mate
Foxburrow Hill is a racehorse happily living in retirement. We call him Hugo. He won his 2nd start, and was a very promising race horse, but tragically suffered a broken neck due to a fall in a paddock whilst resting. We received a phone call from a vet saying “you may need to put Hugo down, he has severed nerve endings down his neck. His legs are no longer coordinated, such that he stumbles. He cannot be safely ridden, but David, you love your horses, so maybe you let him be a paddock pony so he can have a full life at home”. Hugo is now paddock mate to young horses and high quality race horses. He races round the paddock, keeping up with them never faltering, bringing joy to us all every time we see this wonderful horse, loved by his paddock mates, and with many years ahead of him. He is one special friend, he has been kept, and now brings joy to us all.
Story shared by David Archer

FURUVIK (Foo)

Performance
Born:
2011 Gelding
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Foo was bred and raised in NZ by Murray Baker and raced under the name Furuvik before being sold to Hong Kong. One of his former strappers said he was quite a handful and very highly strung, but she got a shock when she saw him at Beyond the Barriers! After retiring in October 2019 he headed back to NZ to Eventstars where I got him in late June 2020. He is an angel to take out, hardly ever puts a foot wrong and is quiet as a mouse! We both learnt Side Saddle in 6 lessons over 5 weeks and headed to Beyond the Barriers where we performed in front of a huge crowd! Foo is doing Pleasure Classes and lower level Show Jumping and Eventing this season before stepping up next season.
 
Story shared by Hannah Gudsell

GARGAMEL (Goofy)

Performance
Sire:
Dam:
Born:
2006 Gelding
Location:
Southland
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Gargamel is best known as being the 2014 winner of the Grand National Hurdles, at the age of eight. Goofy retired in 2017, aged 11, and after having a year in the paddock as chief babysitter – a role he did not enjoy - was put back into the training ranks. This is where his career did a turn. Having been first taught to jump as a racehorse with a lot of schooling over cross country courses, the progression later in life into Eventing, was quite easy. This season Sarah Beck (daughter of trainer  Leda Beck) will aim to event him to 1.05m and hopefully represent her Pony Club at Springston Trophy in 2021 with him. Gargamel is a true champ and will always be a member of the Beck family. They try to re-home their horses to suitable homes, knowing what they are capable of so they can be placed accordingly.
 
Story shared by Heidi Bulfin

GINGERNUTS

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2013 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Ruler of Te Akau Stud
Gingernuts is part of the Ellis/Te Akau family. He’s a true character, has a ton of personality, as well as the most beautiful nature, and he thinks he runs the farm. I think his fan base came about, firstly, through his quirky name and he is a real chestnut – flashy and proud. He enjoys the good life, but also assists in breaking in our young horses and with their education around the farm, although sometimes he still thinks he is one himself. Usually a day in the life is to eat, sleep, and play in his huge paddock with Scrutinize, his best friend and another horse retired here at Te Akau. We really believe that he can be a wonderful ambassador for racing and would love to see him enjoy more activities that benefit racing and in particular deserving equine and youth charities.
 
Story shared by Team Te Akau

GINNER HART (Ginner)

Performance
Born:
2008 Gelding
Location:
Wanganui
Present Role:
Working/Sport Horse
Life for Ginner hasn’t changed a great deal since his retirement from racing. He’s still stabled with the racehorses at night and during the day he freely indulges in his favourite pastime – eating.  Kara takes him to local sports meetings, he goes to the beach and he also attends trackwork with younger horses.  Occasionally he goes to the races as a travelling companion.
 
Story shared by Alexander Fieldes

GLORIOUS LAD (Luke)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2010 Gelding
Location:
Thames
Present Role:
Equine Therapist
Luke loves his retirement at Miranda near Thames working as an Equine Therapy horse. He was gifted to Annarehab by his rider Bill Davis once he returned to NZ, after breaking a shoulder in Hong Kong. He is known as the gentle giant being the biggest horse in the therapy team and fulfills a valuable role with nervous nellies and newbies. He has helped build and restore confidence in many people of all ages. He is pictured here with his special friend Catherine who has been working with him since she was eight.
 
Story shared by Anna Baigent

HAIDEE DAWN

Performance
Born:
2009 Mare
Location:
Otago
Present Role:
Sport Horse Broodmare
Haidee Dawn was bred and raced by Hedwood Thoroughbred Ltd. She is now owned by Chatto Creek Gypsy Cobs in Alexandra where she is a sporthorse broodmare.
 
Story shared by Kay Hood

HI YO MAN GO (Gilly)

Performance
Born:
2014 Gelding
Location:
Taranaki
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Mum bred Gilly and I broke him in and trained him for racing but he had a wind problem. I used to event and when I broke him in I thought he was a perfect eventing type! He is a lovely horse, great mover and very scopey jumper. I’ve had a lot of interest in him from people wanting to buy him but I’m not sure I want to part with him!
 
Story shared by Kim Reid

HORS D'OEUVRE (Syd)

Performance
Born:
2008 Gelding
Location:
Otago
Present Role:
Show Jumper/Hunter
Hors d’Oeuvre (the Beattie Boomerang!) Syd retired from the track to the Eastern Southland Hunt property in the ownership of Marion Smith. He hunted beautifully there before coming to agist at the property of Anne Beattie. Jayne Beattie then show jumped and hunted him under the watchful eye of Marion.  Marion had a hunting accident on Syd so he got sent to Northland to hunt up there. Things didn’t go well and Syd got very light and had to have rest and relaxation at Otaki on the way back to the Beattie property!  From there he got sold to Donna Smith of Dipton (ex Master of Birchwood Hunt) who was looking for a quiet TB to hunt and show jump on.  Donna hunted and show jumped Syd until her passing in February 2020. Marion still owns him and he is currently in Canterbury with a 12 year old girl teaching her all about equestrian life.
Story shared by Anne Beattie

IMTHEJOKER (Bob)

Performance
Dam:
Born:
2006 Gelding
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Bob is special to me as my Nana Thelma Foley along with her partner Peter South bred and trained Bob right through including Nana riding him in trackwork. Bob was successful on the Racetrack with 6 wins and always had to lead out of the gates. He won over many distances including a 3200m race, which means when we are galloping on the beach it can take a while to pull up! He is not the easiest ride and I have come off him countless times but he tries his heart out and has a huge jump on him. I could write a lot more about how much I love, and in Bob's case curse his name sometimes when he dumps me on the road after spying a black sheep, or when he first saw a white pony, or a cone moved 😂 He is truly a one in a million and will be carted with me wherever I end up!
 
Story shared by Hannah Gudsell

IT HAS TO BE YOU (Leo)

Performance
Born:
2008 Gelding
Location:
Cambridge
Present Role:
Show Horse
It Has To Be You raced in NZ and Hong Kong winning 3 Group 1 races and over 5 million in Stakes. I saw him race at Te Rapa after he returned from Hongkong, just loved him the minute I saw him, a gorgeous blingy chestnut. I contacted his trainer to offer him a forever home in Cambridge when he retired from racing. A visit from his Hong Kong owner sealed the deal. Six months later at he arrived to his grassy paddocks and space, a huge change from a stable in a Hong Kong high rise. Taking lots of time, kindness, patience and peppermints, Leo has become extremely successful, winning championships at every Show. Leo is just one of the ex-racehorses I have had the pleasure to own and Show with success over the years. I love the thoroughbred’s beauty and intelligence.
Story shared by Lorraine Downey.  Photo credit Debbie Knowles
 
Born:
2006 Gelding
Location:
Hawkes Bay
Present Role:
Retired
Jed, a 16.3 swayback won 4 races including a cup race (The Northland Cup at Dargaville) before accumulated injuries took their toll (suspensory ligament, which require his off-hind being bandaged daily and and lymph gland problems) Jed has the run of a 5 acre paddock with 2 mates.
 
Story shared by Allan Hunt

JOCHEN RINDT (Beau)

Performance
Born:
2009 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Our Hero
So ok, Jochen Rindt, aka Beau. We purchased his mum in foal at the May Karaka sales, with our friend Donald Grayling. He was a very slow maturing boy so we wanted for him to grow into his frame. We have always been so proud of Beau, and he has given us so much joy and fun. He won 8 races for us and many placings,  
including the 2016 Taumarunui Gold Cup. He is still extremely well loved and cherished, has been at Donald's place in Kati Kati over looking the beach. He will come home to our Aspin Rd place in Cambridge before Xmas. Retirement has been well earnt for our Jochen Rindt.
 
Story shared by Mandy Walters 

JUST WARRIOR (Mason)

Performance
Born:
2014 Gelding
Location:
Bay of Plenty
Present Role:
Sport Horse
I've owned Mason since August 2018. I was lucky enough to track ride him for about 6 months before he retired so I knew him fairly well. He was always a cruisey dude but he's grown into the most lovely and chilled out horse. I've kept his transition from race horse to wannabe eventer pretty slow, so now he is ready to step up a level in a relaxed way!  He's also got another secret job, he is a friend for a local RDA rider Lucy. If Lucy has a bad day, she and her mum will go and visit Mason and tell him all about her day. He is incredibly gentle with her, letting her give him long hugs and kisses while she tells him what she's going through. Mason is such a special horse, every day I feel incredibly lucky to have him, I absolutely love my ex-racehorse!

Story shared by Claudia Cameron

KYEBURN (Homer)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
1996 Gelding
Location:
Auckland
Present Role:
Deceased
Shown as Gauntlet, Kyeburn raced 15 times for minor placings. I guess Homer is our all time favourite. He had been eventing a bit when I bought him. My dressmaker said there is a nice horse next door that’s been sacked and he was less than 5 minutes from home. It was a Friday and we bought him and took him to opening hunt on the Saturday and we thought we would continue jumping him. He trotted across the paddock to the first fence and that was the last time he saw a fence. He had personality in spades and was National Supreme Hack, runner Up Hack of the Year and took my daughter to senior rider of the year and then went back with an intermediate rider and she won her title too. He was 16.2hh and a true thoroughbred type. He lived out his days with us.
 
Story shared by Claire Simpson

MAJIC EL

Performance
Born:
2012 Gelding
Location:
Otago
Present Role:
Working Horse
Majic El is an 8 year old gelding by Sir Percy. He had 32 starts for 3 wins and 15 times placed in first 5. I trained him for a year then kept him when he retired. He is a super cool horse that has done a little bit of jumping, been hunting, some trekking and a couple one day events. He still goes to the track and is a good mate for young horses. He goes to the beach with the race horses and is a good travelling companion for horses going to the races. He is happy for the kids to ride him and to lead the girls pony off him! He has a home with us for life!
 
Story shared by Claire Anderton

MANCHU WARRIOR (Mickey)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
1992 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Retired
Manchu Warrior still gets 2 feeds a day, is covered most of the year and has a shed in his paddock. Has been retired for 20 years now and gets to babysit the weanlings and yearlings. As you can see he's got a bit of a sway back these days but looking good for 28…He was a very good horse to us. Won his first start as a late 2YO and got beaten a nose in a WFA Group 3 sixty starts later, at his penultimate race, with some good wins in between. That's why we have looked after him all this time.
 
Story shared by Brian Hedley

MILLIE ROSE

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2010 Mare
Location:
Otago
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Millie Rose, a 10 year old mare by Keeper, originally trained at Wingatui by Marion Stevenson had 11 starts for 1 second and 1 third.  She was given to Janaya Anderton at the end of 2016.  Janaya has done a super job of her retraining and Millie has turned her hoof to everything! She has done a couple seasons of pony club, show jumped successfully to 80cm, evented, trekked, done calvacade and now is in her first season of barrel racing!  She is very versatile and very loved!

Story shared by Claire Anderton

MR BO DIAMOND (Bo) with Snodroptwinkletoes

Performance
Born:
2003 Gelding
Location:
Central Districts
Present Role:
Clerk of Course
Robbie and Rosie Lammas have been Clerks of Course in the Central Districts for several decades. Many retired race horses have been in their care over the years. Northfleet, Persil, Fans, Wilem Barenz and Ironman to name a few. Currently in the role are Mr Bo Diamond and Snodroptwinkletoes. Bo is the more experienced of the two and enjoys his job immensley, especially getting to meet the kids at the fence for a pat. If a fill in is required for the Clerk role, Bo is the choice of ride. When the horses are not on duty at the races, they enjoy life in a 6 acre paddock on the Lammas's property.
 
Story shared by Robbie and Rosie Lammas

MUFHASA (Mufh)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2004 Gelding
Location:
Auckland
Present Role:
Celebrity
Mufhasa affectionately known as King Mufhasa, from Lion King fame, is now happily retired to a life of luxury.
Like all horses, Mufh loved to run, and he ran like the wind, and was very competitive on the race track, but at home his is a big soft teddy bear who just loves to cuddle and hug – at home he is nothing more than a loving friend, a pet to us. For all his competitiveness on the race track Mufh has never threatened to bite or nip anyone, he just muzzles in when being cuddled, a great mate and friend at home. Mufh goes off to shows, with his “life-time keeper and mate” Amy Doran, and does get miffed if other horses are taken off the farm (to a show) and he is not taken with them. He loves being on show, and remains a very proud and loving horse.
 
Story shared by David Archer
Dam:
Born:
1994 Gelding
Location:
Hawke's Bay
Present Role:
Retired
Mungo won 2 races for Grant Searle. After retiring he spent many years in Foxton on lease as a riding horse before moving briefly to the hills behind Trentham and then back to Hawkes Bay also as a hack in Poraiti. Unbeknown to us the lady leasing him was tragically kicked and killed by another horse. Her husband, not aware of the lease arrangement contemplated putting Mungo down before placing him with a friend as a mate for her horse. After tracking Mungo down he now resides in Patangata with his old mate 25YO Sway and her 22YO brother King’s Bard.
 
Story shared by Allan Hunt

MY HALLUCINATION

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2003 Gelding
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Sport Horse
1* open eventer with Niamh Rayne
Bred by Hedwood Thoroughbreds Ltd
Raced by Katherine Thompson
Then a long successful career as a sporthorse still winning 105cm Events this year at age 17yrs.
 
Story shared by Kay Hood

NARVICK (Roo)

Performance
Born:
2013 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Narvick, renamed to Roo when I bought him off event-stars mid 2019 is a 7 year old gelding. In the 18 months I’ve had him he’s done a bit of everything from Polocrosse chukkas, adult riding club, cross country, trekking and a lot of hunting. He took to hunting like a duck to water & in his first season was titled a full wire hunter. Jumping wire, hedges, doubles, tape etc. He goes from hunting next to the master to cruising at the back of the field during the hunt. Even been hunted by a 70 year old woman. He is a very special wee man and we love him!
 
Story shared by Mirren Tye

NATIVE THUNDER (New York)

Performance
Born:
1989 Gelding
Location:
UK
Present Role:
World Class Eventer
The horse started his career with trainer Roger James. He never got to the races but he ended up with Andrew Nicholson as a top class eventer.
 
NZTR 

NETHERTOWN EXPRESS (Nibbles)

Performance
Dam:
Born:
2013 Gelding
Location:
Otago
Present Role:
Show Jumper/Hunter
Anne Beattie saw this horse as a yearling in the paddock at Middlemarch and asked the owner (Lindsay Carruthers) if she could have him as a hack once he retired from the track. Nibbles (as he was known) never really wanted to be a racehorse! At his first start he refused to go in the gates and was subsequently scratched from the race. He had a few more starts but didn’t show much. He retired to the Beattie Property and became a hunter and show jumper for Kate Beattie. He is a very elegant horse but has plenty of attitude. He can jump beautifully and has had many places on the jumping circuit, but equally, if he’s having an off day, it doesn’t always go so well!! He and Kate often have to negotiate the terms. Lindsay named him Snob as a foal as he often wanted to do things on his terms!! That is still the case to some extent today!!!!!
Story shared by Anne Beattie

NOVATECH

Performance
Born:
2004 Gelding
Location:
Auckland
Present Role:
Deceased
Novatech raced 11 times for 2 wins and 2 seconds. He was a bigger boned type of horse and we showed him in the Riding Horse Section. He did have a buck in him and from time to time would catch you off guard in his early education. He was a very powerful type and excelled in this section. His only season showing took him to Horse of the Year where he was Newcomer Riding Horse of the year and Runner Up open riding horse. His feet were sadly the reason we didn’t proceed with him any further. He went to the South Island to a friend until his death.
 
Story shared by Claire Simpson

OUR STAR PRINCE (The Ripper)

Performance
Born:
2011 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Renamed The Ripper, this Battle Paint gelding is an enormous talent with an attitude to match!
Beyond brave and honest he is rather like the all star quarter back. Brawn, good looks, athletic and talented just not always the brightest!!
I never come across anything he can't do, but rather like a bull in a China shop on the way! He has all the ability to be a world class event horse and has certainly found his happy place jumping fences. He has several staff members but not a lot of friends!!! Somewhat the yard stud who thinks he is simply better than the rest!
The bigger the challenge the more talent he seems to have. I am excited by his future and feel like world wide there isnt a better event horse out there.
 
Story shared by Bundy Philpott

PASSING SHOT (Shotty)

Performance
Born:
2011 Gelding
Location:
Thames
Present Role:
Equine Therapist
Shotty was gifted to Annarehab at Miranda near Thames, to be re-purposed as a therapy horse, via Go Racing. When he had given his all on the track and it was decided to retire him, it was felt by Matt and others that he was too good to sit in a paddock. This has been proven to be true. He is the ultimate professional in the arena and is popular with the children. He loves his work and is clever and quick to learn new skills. He is seen here with his special friend Lyla.
 
Story shared by Anna Baigent

PICNIC BAY (Sunny)

Performance
Born:
2012 Mare
Location:
Wellington
Present Role:
Sport Horse
I got Picnic Bay (Sunny) off the track in July 2019. Since then, she’s learnt how to jump and do basic dressage. In March 2020, we competed in our first One Day Horse Trial together, her first show since retiring from the racetrack. She took the show environment in her stride and blew me away in all three phases to take the win. She’s improved enormously from there and I’m very lucky to have come across a sweet, willing, talented mare and I’m excited to see what she’s capable of in her new life as a sporthorse.
 
Story shared by Rosa Ellingham

PING HAI STAR (Ping)

Performance
Dam:
Born:
2013 Gelding
Location:
Manawatu
Present Role:
Nanny
Ping Hai Star arrived at Highden Park in December 2019 after an injury in Hong Kong that prematurely ended his racing career. He now has the joy of being a ‘nannie’ with fellow expat Werther. When he arrived, he was given his first task of looking after our teaser pony and the kids ponies foal. Ping is a gentle giant who loves attention and food. He has a super cheeky nature, often running off with the feed sacks at any chance he can get. Ping is also the poster boy for NZTR and their initiative for #NZOTTB and is a Welfare Ambassador, you can find him on the promotions for a life after racing.
 
Story shared by Highden Park

HKJC Race Performance

PLETCHER (Huey)

Performance
Born:
2012 Gelding
Location:
Auckland
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Our lovely hack Huey, by Red Giant, was found by Claire Simpson who came across him whilst being prepared for racing. Unfortunately, for the trainer, racing wasn’t his forte but due to being a beautiful type, Claire thought he would make a lovely small hack. I was only 13 at the time but very tall and ready for the challenge so I gladly took over the reins. We started slowly with him, lots of low key outings, in-hand shows and spent a lot of time building up his condition. He is now very consistent and tries his absolute hardest in the show ring. He is the stable favourite, he waits at the gate every morning for breakfast and is a real sweetheart.
 
Story shared by Paris Masterson

POWER STAR (Jerry)

Performance
Born:
2010 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse
A typical TB..wiry, quick, bold and brave. He is the over thinker of the yard. Always on the go and trying to predict the future! Intelligent and sharp he doesnt let a lot of things go! Can hold a grudge and likes to prove everyone wrong. Cat like athletic and a true over achiever. More the code breaker than a front line soldier Jerry has presence and x factor in a fiesty small package. Definitely the student sitting up front always producing more than asked for and being very offended when not given an A plus for everything. He is best in quiet company and with routine. Likes eating small and often and is naturally slight. Better being kept busy and enjoys a varied workload with plenty to do.
 
Story shared by Bundy Philpott

RONNIE BIGGS

Performance
Dam:
Born:
2005 Gelding
Location:
Auckland
Present Role:
Semi Retired Sport Horse
Ronnie had caught my eye at McKee’s stables years before he came to me. He had 13 starts with 1 minor placing. He was no racehorse but Trevor was determined he would earn his keep. He was lead pony for many years and travelling companion for Mufhasa. He has a beautiful nature and such a strong type that he competed in Saddle Hunter Section with success. He is now in the South Island with a friend where he is in charge of little ponies at her stud and hacks in the forest.
 
Story shared by Claire Simpson

ROSE QUARTZ 2012 (ROSIE)

Performance
Born:
2012 Mare
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse Broodmare
Rosie started her career with Cambridge trainer Linda Laing. Linda reported that from day one Rosie was everyone's favourite around the stable. She went to work, ate and slept and was very much temperament wise like her sire Perfectly Ready. Rosie also had her quirks but all in all she was a lovely filly to have around. Her racing career was cut short by an injury, so therefore the decision was made to rehome her. Rosie was rehomed by Cambridge horsewoman Gina Schick. She was inseminated to Kinnordy Gym Bello a highly talented dual purpose Hanoverian stallion. Rosie continues her succcesful career as a Sport Horse Broodmare.
 
Story shared by Linda Laing

SEIZE THE MOMENT (Seizer)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2010 Gelding
Location:
Thames
Present Role:
Equine Therapist
Seizer was re-homed to Anna Baigent (Annarehab) from Marsh Racing, as a result of Anna having worked at Marsh’s and having a passion for rehabilitating horses. He had 6 months of intensive hoof care due to suffering severe laminitis. From the first weeks he showed a willingness to hang out with kids and he is now one of our highly prized Equine Therapists working mainly with children. He is very intelligent and shows an uncanny ability to “read” people. Everybody loves Seizer. He has a special relationship with Riley and was instrumental in Riley’s journey out of PTSD.
 
Story shared by Anna Baigent

SEXABEEL

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2011 Gelding
Location:
Thames
Present Role:
Equine Therapist
Anna, of Annarehab near Thames, met Sexabeel while working at Marsh Racing. During a dark time in her life battling a TBI and subsequent depression, she formed a deep bond with this entire, who helped her to heal. When it became apparent that he wouldn’t make a racehorse he was retired to Kate Lambie in the hopes that this stunner would blossom as an eventer.  When that didn’t happen he was offered to Anna. He has matured into a phenomenal therapy horse being particularly drawn to men and teenage boys. We are so blessed to have him doing such important work in the field of men’s mental health.
 
Story shared by Anna Baigent

SINGLE MINDED

Performance
Born:
2007 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Lead Pony
Single Minded was bred and raced by The Oaks Stud. He had a very successful career on the track winning both the City Of Auckland Cup and the Avondale Gold Cup, before a serious injury ended his racing career in March 2013.
After life saving surgery, he returned to The Oaks Stud where our dedicated staff looked after him during his recovery. He is now an important member of the team, looking after the young horses and acting as a paddock mate and lead horse.
 
Story shared by The Oaks Stud

SIR SAVA (Street Savvy)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2011 Gelding
Location:
South Auckland
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Sir Sava (renamed Street Savvy) has now turned his hoof to show hunter and showing in which we have enjoyed some moderate success. (There is always room for improvement) We have managed to qualify and compete at Horse of the Year in 2019 and 2020 and even got some ribbons while we were there.
Savvy is always commented on at horse events by people who recognise his famous Cambridge Stud brand and they always ask me how he is bred and when I tell them by Zabeel he always gets even more interest, and I always feel proud of his heritage. He is a lovely type of horse, bright bay and just under 16.1 hh. He has a lovely jump and he really enjoys his jumping. He is also very tough and sound.
 
Story shared by Suzy Brown

SMARTYMARTY

Performance
Born:
2005 Gelding
Location:
Otago
Present Role:
Show Jumper/Hunter
Smartymarty left the Racing stables in August 2013 to head to Anne Beattie’s farm as a hunter and show jumper. He won his first 2 outings at 1m as a show jumper so was promptly registered with ESNZ and became the main show jumper from then on in for second daughter Kate Beattie. He has had numerous titles show jumping both Nationally and at HOY. He also hunts, but he’s a bit too keen to always be at the front, to make a relaxed nice ride on the hunt field! He is also happy to give pony rides as required. He is the money maker and “old boy” of the Show jumping team which this season is fully thoroughbreds off the track, predominantly ex White Robe Lodge. 
 
Story shared by Anne Beattie

STAYING POWER (Al Bundy)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
1991 Gelding
Location:
Wanganui
Present Role:
Working Horse
He couldn’t win on the flat – he could hardly beat the ambulance home. But put jumps in his way and he could fly despite detesting obstacles in front of him. He was named Al Bundy by the kids on Janice Webster’s Wanganui equine course. They were all on course when he won the first of two steeplechases. He also ran fourth in the 1998 Great Northern from Kevin Myers stable after Janice nursed him back from a bowed tendon. Janice rode him on all North Island legs of her annual Great NZ Treks beginning when he was a sprightly 18-year-old. At 29 Al still looks a million dollars.
 
Story shared by Iain Hyndman

STONEMASON (Mason)

Performance
Born:
2010 Gelding
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Reserve Champion Open Riding Horse! (Stonemason, 5 wins) Bred by Levin Thoroughbred Breeders Assn. Trained by Lisa Latta & Andrew Carston.
 
Story shared by Kay hood

SUN OF GOD (Just Kidding)

Performance
Born:
2006 Gelding
Location:
Hawkes Bay
Present Role:
International Eventer
The horse is now called Just Kidding. He retired from racing as a 4yo and started training as an Eventer from the age of 5. He won multiple national titles moving up through the grades including the National Three Eventing CCI4*L Championships twice (this is the highest level in NZ).
He has competed in Australia twice in the Adelaide CCI5*L competition (equivalent to Badminton HT in the UK) placing 2nd and 4th and was one of only about 10 horses in the history of the competition to finish under the optimum time on the Cross Country phase.
His name Just Kidding is a reflection of his cheeky, sharp but fun-loving personality.
 
Story shared by Amanda Pottinger

SWAY (Polly) with KING'S BARD

Performance
Born:
1995 Mare
Location:
Hawkes Bay
Present Role:
Retired
FULL BROTHER AND SISTER (FIESTA STAR-PRINCESS DOMINION(GB)): 25YO Sway (Polly) who was unplaced in one start before leaving 4 race winner Balerune (St Petersburg) and 22YO King’s Bard (Benny) who won 3 of his first 4 starts before injury curtailed his career.
The pair enjoy life at home with buddy, Mungo.
 
Story shared by Allan Hunt
Born:
2004 Gelding
Location:
Otago
Present Role:
Sport Horse
The Fox arrived to me after retiring in 2018 and quickly became a well loved member of my team. He has the most fantastic nature and can do attitude, he’s trainable, smart and most importantly safe. Anyone can hop on him and have fun! He has found a love for cross country and he loves going for a hoon down the local beach. He has the coolest nature and is constantly making me laugh, his favourite party trick is climbing in the water trough and splashing. He will be with me for the rest of his life, he’s a legend! 
 
Story shared by Chrisanna Hancock

TOP ECHELON (Leroy)

Performance
Born:
2004 Gelding
Location:
Manawatu
Present Role:
Retired
Leroy was a winner of 3 races and shares a paddock with Al (Chettak) and his lovely kind nature compliments Al's - there can’t be two bosses in one paddock. Overly affectionate, you have to mind his hard head butts as his way of showing love.
 
Story shared by Helen Lawrence
Born:
2008 Gelding
Location:
Otago
Present Role:
Show Jumper/Hunter
Ubetcha departed the racing stables in March 2015 and became a mate for young horses at the Wingatui track. He lived at the track. In 2018 he became a hunter for Anne Beattie’s family. Daughter No 1 Jayne rode him as she knew him from track work days and he wasn’t the easiest of horses! He settled in well and went on to join the show jumping team. He successfully competed for a season before being spotted by Kaye Buckley who wanted to purchase him as an eventer. The sale went though as Jayne was to be heading overseas for her big OE and Beattie’s had plenty of other horses on the go! Then Covid hit, no overseas travel, Ubetcha decided he didn’t really like dressage and would rather return to the Beattie’s SJ team, which is now where he is back competing with lots of success.
 
Story shared by Anne Beattie

VIVA VOLARE (Hugo)

Performance
Born:
2015 Gelding
Location:
Auckland
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Hugo is known as the class clown and I have been a part of his life since a weanling. He competed at Horse of the Year as a 2 yr winning the Supreme Youngstock Sport Horse of the Year at which time he was in full work at John Bary's track and we showed him in the afternoon. He had 4 raceday starts and everyone who rode him said he was special and a super horse to ride as he was so balanced with a long raking stride. However Hugo didn't have the desire to be a racehorse and I convinced my Partner that Showing and Eventing was his wheelhouse. My daughter Simone has recently come back to competitive riding and he has already been to two A & P Shows winning every class entered and qualifying for HOY 2021 in Newcomer Hack and Hack of Year title. He recently completed Beyond the Barriers with placings on the flat and jumping. He's just the coolest horse with such a laid back attitude.
Story shared by Claire Simpson

VON TUNZELMAN (Bertie)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2012 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Clerk of Course
I'm saying a few words about his retirement...
On a winter's day we had a lovely grey horse arrive at his new home in Cambridge...
This is Terence's replacement for our warhorse Ronan.
It's a hard job for horses to take on being clerk of the course.
It's long days and many many miles to do ...all the while looking super cool.
Bertie was, and is a great replacement for this tough job.
He is a stunning animal with loads of personality, and kindness. 
He's stepped up to the job with all the ease of a super horse.
 
Story shared by Mandy Walters

WADE (Lucky)

Performance
Born:
2000 Gelding
Location:
Hawkes Bay
Present Role:
Nanny
Wade came to me in September 2020 when he was unwanted by his current owner. I was told he was a standardbred, 13-14yo and had previously been a trekking horse. As his 2” long winter coat came out it revealed thoroughbred brands and it turned out he raced as Wade and is 20yo. In need of a little TLC and still a work in progress, he has thrived since arriving. Renamed Lucky (by a friend) for finding his way to my place, he will be a companion and hack for the Burgundy 2yo I have. I’m not sure who will be babysitting who though as Lucky stresses on his own, while the 2yo doesn’t care less!
 
Story shared by Margaret Larsen
Born:
2011 Gelding
Location:
Manawatu
Present Role:
Nanny
Werther is now one of Highden Parks ‘nannies.’ His job through weaning is to look after his group of babies. This is all about instilling confidence and educating them on all aspects of life without mum. Werther is also the go to when we have a speller that needs a friend, to ensure that all our spelling racehorses have a relaxed break. When he is not needed as a ‘nannie’ Werther spends the rest of his time with fellow Hong Kong Derby Winner, best friend and resident Highden Park ‘nannie’ Ping Hai Star. Werther is also a NZTR Welfare Ambassador and attends race meetings to promote a life after racing.
 
Story shared by Highden Park
 

WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (Barry)

Performance
Born:
2008 Gelding
Location:
Victoria
Present Role:
Legend In Residence
Who Shot Thebarman has been an absolute delight since he arrived. He is quite sociable with visitors especially when they bring carrots. The reports were that he jumped like a gazelle when he came to us and once he joined our legends under saddle program we found this to be the case. He does do some dressage work as well, it is good for his suppleness and flexibility and he has made improvement, but it would be fair to say that he is more of a cross country performer than a “dancing with the stars” dressage performer. Barry is hugely popular with visitors to Living Legends, the name definitely helps but at heart of the matter is his long career, as a very brave stayer competing at the highest level.
Story shared by Andrew F Clarke BVSc(Hons) Ph.D.
CEO & Veterinary Director
Living Legends (on behalf of the O'Leary's)  Sydney Cup Who Shot Thebarman                

 

WINNING MASCOT (Brax)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2007 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Mary Copeman (Hamilton) has had him since retirement where she purchased him from Eventstars.
Brax has an impressive CV winning some great accolades. His top achievements to date are: Supreme Thoroughbred SHC 2018, Champion Rising Star Hack at the Year 2019, Champion Love Racing OTT Equitana 2019, Champion LoveRacing OTT SHC Spring Show 2019, Champion Hack SHC 2019 & 2020, Runner up Thoroughbred HOY 2020 and Runner up Led HOY 2020 and multiple supreme champions.
Brax has a larger than life personality and has a bit of a fan club around the shows where his gorgeous face (and pricked ears) captures those watching.
 
Story shared by Mary Copeman

WOLFWHISTLE (Falcon)

Performance
Dam:
Born:
2010 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Director of Operations and Laughter
Falcon can be a snob, he demands the finer things from his human. He has a very kind heart and keeps an eye on all animals and humans on the property. His best mate is Landshark a mini pony, together they provide hours of laughter. His favourite human is Vic, a friend’s autistic son.They have a magical bond. Falcon is very enthusiastic about being ridden and gives anything a go even a cowboy challenge, he always has lots of fun even if the rider isn’t feeling as enthusiastic. He won the Christchurch Casino Spring Classic in 2014.
 
Story shared by Julia Jones

ZERBREEZE (Muffin)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2003 Mare
Location:
Hawkes Bay
Present Role:
Retired
Zerbreeze, known to me only as Muffin until recently, came to me from Lisa Latta’s about 7 years ago as a lead horse and companion to Café Culture. She quickly became invaluable to me, travelling to the track and races with CC and suffering his multitude of antics when we used to hack the roads and farms nearby. Normally well behaved, she made an exception when we raced at Awapuni, her old home track. There she turned into a “beast”, buck kicking and dragging my friend around. These days, at 17YO, she is in the retirement paddock, still with CC and they are inseparable, she is the boss though (like most females). She is most useful now for keeping my troughs clean as on hot days she empties out the 400 litre trough, splashing it over herself to cool down.
 
Story shared by Margaret Larsen