Our aim to create a wall which comprises as many retired (or never raced) thoroughbreds as we can and we want to hear your stories. Please contact us with a recent photo and the story of your horse at [email protected]
Each month one of the horses featured on our Wall of Fame will be selected to received a voucher from our sponsor Dunstan Horsefeeds for their Dunstan Old Horse, a high-fibre, complete feed formulated to meet the unique nutritional requirements of the aging horse.

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

ALMO STREET (ANTZ)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2013 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Antz retired from racing back in October 2020 where I was very lucky to lease him from Amy Clifford. He was based in Palmerston North but has now moved to Huntly in Waikato to start his new life as a sport horse. We have taken it slowly as it took awhile for him to get used to his new surroundings, however, he has settled in well and I have slowly brought him back into work and have only recently found out how much he loves jumping and is showing bounds of potential, so I am aiming to get him out this year to some small competitions. Antz is very well loved and does enjoy a cuddle or two 😊
 
Story shared by Lauren 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

AZABEAT (Squid)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2014 Gelding
Location:
Rotorua
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Squid arrived late January of 2021 to be rehomed but I snaffled him up for myself instead! He is one of the best natured horses I’ve come across and such a dead-beat (you could chuck your Nana on him and he would still cruise around on the buckle) Squidy absolutely loves attention of any sort, he’s always waiting at the gate before I actually get there or chilling in the stable trying to nab pats from anyone that walks by, he’s also a big fan of our Equilibrium Massage Therapy Pad, but his favourite thing in this world is his best mate/paddock buddy - my 16.3hh WB gelding Fred. Squid was an alright little racehorse picking up a couple of wins and placings including a 2nd in his first and only Hurdle race. He will continue to be schooled in both dressage and Showjumping and will hopefully be out and about soon!

Story shared by Kat Roe 

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

BARCLAY BLUES (Hugh)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2005 Gelding
Location:
Hawkes Bay
Present Role:
Stock / Show horse
Hugh is a 2005 Australian bred Lohnro gelding out of a Barathea mare Satinet. He was imported as a weanling. He raced 7 times in New Zealand for D & R Moore, for 2 wins a second and a 4th before being retired as a 4yo due to an unsuccessful wind operation. I've had Hugh since he was a 6yo, and while he has been a challenge I wouldn't change him for the world he has a massive heart. He spent 8 years as my stock horse alongside competeing. In his last 5 seasons he competed in showing and dressage he qualified for HOY with limited outings. He now enjoys life in the more relaxed lane with adult riding club days and small shows occasionally with some jumping sprinkled in. He is a horse with a huge personality, and he has a home for life.
 
Story shared by Danelle Phillips
 

BEASTMODE (Boom)

Performance
Born:
2015 Gelding
Location:
North Auckland
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Boom raced as Beastmode which I have kept for his sporthorse career, he's bay 5yrs old and starting his career in dressage/showing. But occasionally he turns his hoof at some jumping to keep it fun. He's the most beautiful boy!
 
Story shared by Kelly Davies

BEN HOGAN (Kingi)

Performance
Born:
2001 Gelding
Location:
Manawatu
Present Role:
Retired
Ben Hogan (Kingi) is the grand old age of 19 years old now. I was Kingi's strapper at Lisa Latta Racing for 8yrs . After racing he has been out eventing and show jumping. I am so stoked to have him back and he is at his forever home with me now.
 
Story shared by Amy Clifford

BERELL TSUNAMI (Stella)

Performance
Born:
2012 Mare
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Paddock name Stella..my first race horse I trained managed a third place but found the racing game to hard..went to event stars where she found a home with Sam Minot who schooled her into an eventing star. She has won lots of comps competing in cross country I believe..
 
Story shared by Nigel Elliott 

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

BULLET PROOF

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2004 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Retired
He taught me, an amateur beginner mature rider, all about riding and horses and the magnificence of the Tb - we took it easy, we never achieved greatness but conquered so many of our own struggles together. Now he will fully retire, arthritis got the better of him despite the fire in his belly, unwavering spirit and willingness to keep going for me...for us! Words cannot express my love for this horse and how much I wished he’d still be able to continue our riding journey together for a few more years, but will be a different journey now. Much love for the thoroughbred! Wish I still had the fitness, the energy, the space and the ability to do another one justice. I would in a heartbeat. Here we were, at our most notable first, biggest and last event - Equidays - full of nerves and emotions both of us - having a go at Working Equitation. 
Story shared by Daria Hanham 
 
 
 

BULWER BAY (Ted)

Performance
Born:
2008 Gelding
Location:
North Canterbury
Present Role:
Sport Horse

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 competiting at 2** 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

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

CAMERON'S WAY (Ernie)

Performance
Born:
2001 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Retired
Ernie is a 19yr old brown gelding. He had 16 starts for a 4th, safe to say he was pretty slow. He belonged to my daughter's friend who did Pony Club with him. When she lost her grazing I said he could come and stay with us until she found somewhere else for him. He's been here for 8 years! He was such a lovely horse to have around that when she went overseas I bought him off her for myself. He is now semi retired and spends his days getting spoilt rotten. He hates getting wet so he can please himself if he's in the paddock or the stables. His best friends are chicken's and he prefers them to other horses. He goes through buckets of Big Red Stable Snacks and can smell them in your pockets a mile away! Ernie will spend the rest of his days here sleeping in the sun and waiting for 4pm feed time.
 
Story shared by Annette Condor

CAPTAIN RULES (Capi)

Performance
Born:
2008 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse
We own Captain Rules, 16hh chestnut gelding by Captain Rio from Westbury Stud. He's 12 now and we've only had him a few months but he's had a great life as a dressage horse, eventor and now a show jumper with my teenage daughter. We were looking for a warmblood and my daughter was not keen to view Capi but within 10 min of hopping on him she was smitten with him. He's the perfect first hack, sensible and fun. Hoping to do junior rider classes with him next season.
 
Story shared by Laura Slade

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

CASSIS (Cassie)

Performance
Born:
2014 Mare
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Cassie retired from Pitman racing in 2019, produced through the SJ/SH grades to 105cm Open show hack and endurance qualified over 40km. Sold to her forever home with a older lady rider (55+) returning to riding for hunting, hacking and dressage.
 
Story shared by Dee Grant

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

CHARLESTOWN (Murray-Muzz)

Performance
Born:
2010 Gelding
Location:
Horowhenua
Present Role:
Sport Horse
This is Charlestown aka Murray or Muzz. My son Josh took Murray who was raced by Go Racing, when he retired. Josh had only just learnt to ride a couple of months before ge and Murray competed at Beyond the Barriers hence muzz has his own facebook page! After not riding for a few years Josh decided Murray could come to me. Murray is very quirky and not always easy. I’m hoping to one day get to Hoy before I’m on a zimmerframe!
 
Story shared by Bronwyn Lavelle

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
 

DANARIA 2011 (Lux)

Performance
Born:
2011 Gelding
Location:
Whanganui
Present Role:
Havoc wreaker/ entertainer
I have had Lux since he was three, and he is a part of our family. Lux throws all of those old stereotypes surrounding thoroughbreds out the window. He is an exceptionally good doer, very low maintenance, and is a super mellow horse. We do have a few rules though, including NEVER leaving anything valuable in reach of him, unless you want it trashed. He has the most playful nature I have ever come across in a horse, and I'm thrilled he hasn't grown out of this. He has even got a few tricks up his sleeve, including having mastered how to bow at liberty.
 
Story shared by Kim Beauchamp

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

DOUBLE DIAMOND 1998 (Poppy)

Performance
Born:
1998 Mare
Location:
Hawkes Bay
Present Role:
Retired
We were loaned Poppy 2 years ago as a 20yo to get my 9yo daughter back into riding after naughty ponies putting her off. She is such an amazing girl. Can put complete learners on her and go hacking. We have since bought her and she will be with us forever.
 
Story shared by Jenna Cann

DOWRY DUTY (Emma)

Performance
Born:
2012 Mare
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Sport Horse
I’ve been purchasing TB’s off the track for 30 odd years. I moved back to NZ just 5 years ago after living in USA for 20 years. I took a short break from horses and just got back into it again October 2020. Kenny Moore from Mustang Stables gave me 2 TB’s that he was retiring. One was way too quiet for me so I found her a forever home on a huge property in Akaroa. I kept Emma. I call her Miss Vegas. She was SUPER hot but I've managed to calm her right down and do pretty much everything on her. Trail riding, swimming, hunting, jumping, dressage, she does it all. Great wee mare. I’m breeding her to a warmblood stallion. I have a few other horses from different TB stables that I’ve been given and they all go into a full training program as soon as I get them. I find that they do best with a job as they seem to like to work.
 
Story shared by Gina Tatom
 

DREAM POWER (Louie)

Performance
Born:
2013 Gelding
Location:
Wellington
Present Role:
Sport Horse
The riding school I was at, at the time, bought Louie to be a school horse and I was able to lease him. This was in December 2017, but I fell in love and bought him from the school almost straight away. Louie is so insanely well-loved and lives an easy life at a wonderful horse-grazing property in Ohariu Valley, Wellington. I understand he is well travelled and I have been in touch with his old vets from when he was in HK. He now enjoys a lot of farm hacking, adult riding club, and a few low-level dressage and jump shows throughout the year. We have been through many ups and downs together, but he teaches me so much and I can't imagine life without him :)
 
Story shared by Vicky Gould

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

DUBHDARA (Kevin)

Performance
Born:
2003 Gelding
Location:
Whanganui
Present Role:
Retired/Sport Horse
Dubhdara first raced from Karen Zimmerman’s Otaki stable. I rode him and I really fell in love with him. When his owner had enough and thought he had met his mark he told Karen to find him a home. Karen thought he would make a good jumper. Thank goodness Karl said yes and Kevy came to live with us. We pre trained him. He won first up with a new group of owners and celebrations went well into the night. He was soon off to Australia under the very good care of Brett Scott. He won the South Australian Hurdles, the following year he won a very nice race at Warrnambool. He had a slight tendon issue so we retired him and bought him home. He is very much the boss at our place. He has an extensive wardrobe, gets many multivitamins and generally is a spoilt old man who I wouldn’t trade for anything!! We have hunted for the last few years, he flies around like a 3YO, is bold but safe and jumps wire tapes or full wire fences. He is now rising 18 and looks good enough to be racing!! Story shared by Lisa Allpress

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

ENERGY EFFICIENT 2004 (Vivace)

Performance
Born:
2004 Mare
Location:
Masterton
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Vivace has had a career as a ridden horse doing jumping, showing (competing at Horse of the Year) and dressage. She is now a sport horse brood mare at Elmwood Stud and has a beautiful warmblood colt. Vivace was assessed by a top German Assessor during the New Zealand Warmblood Association Classification Tour 2020. She received a coveted Excellence Award and also won the Foundation Mare Championship. Vivace was scored an astounding 85.5% for her conformation including a score of 9 for her beautiful head and a 9 for her shoulder and saddle area. Vivace is the highest scoring mare in the New Zealand Warmblood Association Foundation Mare Studbook (which includes thoroughbreds)
 
Story shared by Andra Mobberley

EQUATE (DJ)

Performance
Born:
2013 Gelding
Location:
North Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Equate, aka DJ, 2013 OTTB by Nom Du Jeu, out of Xeraphin. Purchased sight unseen from Eventstars in September 2019, 2 weeks or so after his unsuccessful second race. He is now a multi-disciplined sport horse, with a particular talent in Show Jumping. He has to date wins to 1m, despite being in irregular work. He is a sensitive soul, who needs constant reassurance that things are ok and that he’s doing a fabulous job. DJ has a super work ethic and tries hard no matter what he faces. He is definitely a much loved, smoochy pony!
 
Story shared by Sophie Gosselin

ESSDEE (Toby)

Performance
Born:
2012 Gelding
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Essdee (Toby) retired from racing in 2017. At the time I was looking for a horse to bring on to compete and have fun with but above all else must be safe as I had 4 young children. Toby was exactly what I was looking for. He loves the kids, my 10yr old has fun jumping him, we have even have races with my son on his motorbike and Toby never blinks a eye at anything. He can have months off and is still the same horse as always. Toby will always have a home with us.
 
Story shared by Philippa Saxton

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

FAIR DINKUM 2003 (Mysty)

Performance
Born:
2003 Mare
Location:
Auckland
Present Role:
Retired
I got Mysty as a rising 5yr old through my instructor, straight from the race stable. She was my first horse. We had some small successes at pony club ribbon days and show jumping, and I took her with me to study Equine at Telford. I unfortunately had to sell her as I wanted to move up the levels and at the time couldn't have 2 horses, but was lucky enough to keep in touch with each owner that had her. I was given her back to retire last year. She will be 18 this year and will be with me for the rest of her days.
 
Story shared by Rebekah Dixon 

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
Born:
1999 Gelding
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Semi Retired Sport Horse
Frakcha retired from the track after a not so successful racing career. He was then renamed Eskimo Joe and had a very successful career as a sport horse, more specifically in eventing. He is now 21 and semi retired but during his younger years he was very competitive up to advanced level eventing. While he wasn’t quick on the track he definitely is quick across a cross country course and it’s what he absolutely loves! He is the most genuine horse you could ask for, he always tries his hardest with everything asked of him. As well as being a top eventor he was also the most amazing schoolmaster. I got him when he was eighteen and he taught me the ropes of eventing and took me up to 1*. He has become a firm favourite at home and now enjoys a quieter lifestyle being spoilt. He is loved so much.
 
Story shared by Holly 

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
Born:
1997 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Retired
I have an awesome story about a horse that my mum (Trudy Thornton) bred, raced, show jumped, and who is now retired and living the best life ever at the ripe old age of 23. Mum and Dad also bred the Dam of Hamish - Miss Samantha (named after my sister Samantha Collett). Hamish raced to open company, had a successful comeback after an injury, then a successful post racing equestrian career. Mum regards Hamish as her first born son. He is very much part of the family!
 
Story shared by Jess Collett

HAPLY HEIGHTS 2009 (Polly)

Performance
Born:
2009 Mare
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse
My friend brought Polly (then Guiness) in late 2015, after being  sacked from polo for having too much self preservation and refusing to run towards a scrum for the ball. A few months later, I was asked to re train her so she could be sold on. We have been together for 5 years now and she has gone from strength to strength. She has a natural talent for jumping and loves showing. She recently won overall champion at our last competition. I feel that for the first time in her life, she is a truly happy horse and always eager to come in when she sees my car come down the drive. It has taken a lot of time, effort and money to get her to where she is but when a horse has such a kind, willing and generous nature like her, it is all worth while and it brings me so much happiness  seeing how far she has come. At only 11, she has many years left with us and I'm excited at what it will bring.
Story shared by Laura Fell

HAPPY LANDING (Boy)

Performance
Born:
2000 Gelding
Location:
South Australia
Present Role:
Retired
I currently, and have since 2014 owned the gelding Boy, registered as Happy Landing (by Kingfisher Mill ex Happy Hops born 2000), in 2017 he relocated to South Australia with me so I could ensure he is always looked after. He has competed in dressage and eventing over the years but is now enjoying his well earned retirement.
 
Story shared by Kelly Ellis

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

HYPNOTIZE

Performance
Born:
1999 Gelding
Location:
Otago
Present Role:
Retired
At 21 years young, Hypnotize is loving retirement at his birthplace White Robe Lodge, North Taieri.Trained by Raymond Connors, he gave them many thrills on the racetrack. Notably three Great Northern Steeplechases (the only horse to ever do this) We are grateful to the Connors for entrusting him back to us. He is a real character and still strong minded. Last year we shifted him to another paddock with some new paddock mates. He wasn’t having any of that, turned on a Sixpence, galloped back down the paddock and jumped the gate back into where he came from. He currently resides at our Middlemarch property which has the Central Otago Rail Trail running behind it. He loves life up there and is looking a picture amongst the picturesque Mountain back drop and natural spring water races that run through the farm.  Story shared by Karen Stewart

IMPERIUM

Performance
Born:
2011 Gelding
Location:
North Auckland
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Jennie and Peter Georgetti were part of the syndicate and by way of connection Imperium has been re-homed in his retirement with Teegan Greenwood, at Pakiri, on the coast between Wellsford and Warkworth. “We’ve got a nice beach (Pakiri Beach) out here, close to Leigh and Matakana,” she said. “I’m at home on the farm with two young children and in terms of riding him he’s doing a little bit of everything at the moment, when I’ve got the time. “We’ve got plenty of grass up here and we’ve been lucky with the rain and the warm weather. “He had time off while I had a baby, who’s now one, and I’m getting back into riding him again. He’s got his little quirks, but he’s generally nice and quiet and he loves the kids.
 
Story shared by Te Akau Racing

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

INFORMANT (Stevie)

Performance
Dam:
Born:
2007 Gelding
Location:
South Canterbury
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Informant, known as Stevie is now my super wee hunter, he's spent the last 5 seasons as my number one hunt horse and he always delivers a fun day. Quirky little bugger he is but the best little horse I have ever sat on. I also use him for breaking in young ones, he will stay with me until the end of his days. Hes my best friend, I love him and hes the 3RD wheel in my marriage 😜

Story shared by Janis Cranston
Photo credit - PRW Photography

INNOCENT MAN (Eddie)

Performance
Born:
2013 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Eddie was trained by Stephen Ralph and finished racing 18 months ago. He had 3 starts all unplaced. He was sent to Event Stars to re home which is where my daughter Paxton saw him, rang me and said we just had to purchase him! He raced as INNOCENT MAN (No Excuse Needed x Capture) Paxton's partner Tom renamed him with ESNZ as DOS CERVEZAS which mean's " 2 beers " in Spanish after a recent trip to Mexico, the only way he would let her have another horse!
He is a lovely horse and a very talented jumper. He competed in Beyond the Barriers in 2019 and is now competing at 1.20m show jumping but he will be aimed at an eventing career as he loves x country jumping.
 
Story shared by Annette Conder

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
 

JACK ATTACK (Jack)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2004 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Riding Horse
Jack came to me in September 2012 after being retired from racing. He was a rather handy stayer. I hadn’t seen him in 3 years due to him racing down in the South Island. Jack was my first favourite race horse and was in fact the first horse I ever strapped at the races! He sat in my paddock for several years, having the odd ride here and there as I had another riding horse, unfortunately I lost him in November 2019, so instead of buying another horse I pulled Jack out of the paddock and we started having some fun together. He hasn’t been the easiest horse to do anything with but we progressed enough to attended the Equifest Foundation Camp in November 2020 where I felt we bonded more than ever before! Since then we have been enjoying hacking out and just enjoying life. I love having Jack in my paddock, he is the best cuddle buddy and a good baby sitter for my colt. 8.5 years ago and I hope there’s many more!
Story shared by Daphine Leech

Born:
2005 Gelding
Location:
Auckland
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Jasper was sold to me 5 years ago right before I started high school. Since then, he has become a much loved member of our family who we plan to keep forever. Since he has come to me we've gone from pony club, to just loving each others company. We've been to the beach and to the forest many times which he loves dearly and done everything starting at pony club, to currently hunting and western horsemanship. He has taught me the most out of any horse I've come across while also being the most unique. I can only hope that one day I'll be able to repay this amazing horse for everything he has taught me, about horses and about life in general.
 
Story shared by Sophia Benkovic
 
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

KASEAMOO (Kace)

Performance
Born:
2002 Gelding
Location:
Southland
Present Role:
Sport Horse
I brought Kace as an 8yr old from Waipukurau. We started jumping at 80cm. Evented to 105cm then went straight show jumping where we jumped to Grand Prix (1.40m to 1.50m) and Premiere league (1.40m-1.60m) level. Kace won the South Island Premiere League title in 2016 and the 2019 South Island 1.40m title. Has won and placed in many Grand Prixs and also competed at HOY 5 times.
 
Story shared by Kimberleigh McCabe

KNOCKEM DOWN

Performance
Born:
1998 Gelding
Location:
Gloucestershire, England
Present Role:
Retired
Evented to 5 star level with Jenna Mahoney including coming 8th at Adelaide CCI 5 star and second in a World Cup qualifier. Exported to England in 2011 to continue his career with Olympic gold medalist Blyth Tait, and although he competed at Bramham and Burghley, niggling issues prevented him continuing at top level. He finished 15th of 60 in the 2015 Golden Button Challenge - a 4 mile cross country race. Now living his best life in the paddock with another retired event horse, he is much loved.
 
Story shared by Alex Phillips

KURATAU (Nui)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2011 Gelding
Location:
Wairarapa
Present Role:
Sport Horse/Leisure Horse
I got Nui in December 2016. He was not the most successful horse on the track and took straight to being a retired racehorse. Since having Nui we have done lots of treks and hacking. He absolutely loves it. This year I am hoping to take him to a few very low level shows. He is a huge character with lots of personality and deciding to take him home after one ride on him was the best choice I’ve ever made.
 
Story shared by Emma Wilson

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

LITTLE TEMPEST 2014 (The Tenth Muse)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2014 Mare
Location:
North Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Unnamed Little Tempest 2014 aka The Tenth Muse. Purchased sight unseen from Eventstars in March 2018, a couple of weeks after her last trial. Afflicted with the “too slow” gene, she is much more suited to the sport horse lifestyle. Although she has turned her hoof to a variety of disciplines, and shows talent in all, we have been focussing more particularly on Show Jumping. She placed 6th at Takapoto Estate 4 year old Show Jumping series in February 2019. She has multiple wins and placings up to 1.05m, and we are hoping to get to Amateur next season (spring/summer 21-22). She is a quirky mare who will go far, despite the less than perfect talent of her ageing owner/rider! She is adored and delight to own.
 
Story shared by Sophie Gosselin 

LORD FALCON (Jack)

Performance
Born:
2004 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Riding Horse
Our lovely boy Jack, raced under Lord Falcon taught myself and my sister how to ride. He started in 28 (2007-2012) races, winning 2 and placing in a few others. He is the kindest horse I have ever met - doing absolutely anything we ask of him. He is so full of personality and has been a part of our family for coming up 8 years now. I owe everything to this horse as he’s what ignited my passion. We can put anyone on him and trust that they will be safe no matter how long he’s been out of work for. Jack mostly enjoys plodding around and playing in water, but still enjoys the odd gallop. He has a home for life with us.
 
Story shared by Tyla Qualtrough
 
 
Sire:
Born:
2016 Mare
Location:
Gisborne
Present Role:
Sport Horse
When the Challenge Eleven Syndicate had the misfortune of their filly Luana (by El Roca) break down, it was important to find a good home for her to rehabilitate and ideally find a new pathway too. Thankfully Don & Jan Avenell, who farm in Gisborne, were good enough to provide an excellent home and had the patience to allow her the time needed to fully get over what was a serious injury. Fast forward a couple of years and it is wonderful to see her beginning a career as a show horse – see photo with Holly Hutchinson riding.
 
Story shared by Adrian Clark – challengeracehorsesyndications.com
Sire:
Born:
2014 Gelding
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
All Rounder
Retired from the Rae racing stable in Canterbury due to Covid 19 lockdown 2020. After a few shows he found his forever home at Blue Mountain Station as an All Rounder event/show/hunt horse as well as station stock mustering mount.
 
Story shared by Dee Grant

MAISIE BE 2013 (Badger/Bones )

Performance
Born:
2013 Gelding
Location:
Manawatu
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Never made it to a formal training facility we don’t think, arrived on a one way ticket as a rebreak... left as a Amateur rider level show jumper with wins and placings. Now in the capable and eager hands of a 14yo Ngai Tawa student heading to the JR circuit next season.
 
Story shared by Dee Grant

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

MAKNIFICENT (Star)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2013 Mare
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse (Mounted Games)
Thought you would like to see a retired TB in a different discipline! This is Star AKA Maknificent, she is all of 15hh high and raced twice (she never finished last either). I have had her for 4 years now and this season was her first full season competing in Mounted Games. She competed in 3 national title classes, finishing 6th in Open Teams, 10th in Open Pairs and 13th in Open Individuals. My favourite thing about her is her tough, never give up attitude, she gives me 110% every time we enter the ring. To my knowledge she is the only raced TB to compete in Mounted Games, there are a few unraced ones competing also.
 
Story shared by Dana Genefaas

MALINA (Hope)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2009 Mare
Location:
Far North
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Hope will be with us for the rest of her days as she is reasonably “quirky” and I worry about ever re-homing her. Currently we compete in low level show jumping, enjoy beach rides out and very occasionally enter ribbon days (but Hope hates being in the ring with other horses so this is not really our thing). My goal for Hope is to bring her up the Show Jumping levels to comfortably compete at 1:05-1:10. Currently we have competed to 90cm. Hope lives with two bush ponies - Smurf who was mustered from the forest on 90 mile beach and Angel who was mustered from Mitimiti. We started Angel ourselves and Smurf is the paddock mate to both “girls” as he has spine problems.
 
Story shared by Vicki Traas

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

MANIPULATE 2005 (Honey)

Performance
Born:
2005 Mare
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Retired Sport Horse
Honey has lived a varied career including travelling around NZ with me as I headed to university and career changes. Jack of all trades, master of none – having pursued showing, CTR, eventing, dressage and played farm hack throughout the 10 years I have owned her. Well known for her strong sense of opinion that would have her win a dressage test with her lovely show ring trot or be eliminated due to standing on her hindlegs, she always kept things interesting. Now living the life of luxury as either a paddock mate for horses in work, or with a band of other retired OTTB on turnout. She is my first OTTB I’ve owned and will stay with me for the rest of her days.
 
Story shared by Laura Bunning

MATINTRUMPS (Kiki)

Performance
Born:
2007 Gelding
Location:
Martinsburg, USA
Present Role:
Eventer
I live in Martinsburg, WV USA. I recently just purchased by very first NZ TB. His name is Matintrumps and he raced in Hong Kong and now is with me in his new career as an eventer. He is amazing and I found more about him on the NZ TB site on FB. I learned his history and found out he is a world traveller. I adore him and he has the best personality of a horse I have ever owned. Yes, his nick name is Kiwi LOL or as I call him Kiki. He gallops to me when called and loves hugs. 😊
 
Story shared by Angie Francart 
 

MIDNIGHT COUNTESS

Performance
Born:
2014 Mare
Location:
Nelson
Present Role:
Sport Horse

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

 

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

MORCHEEBA (Pete)

Performance
Born:
2006 Gelding
Location:
Whanganui
Present Role:
Sport Horse
This is my OTTB Pete, raced as Morcheeba. I rode him trackwork as a two year old in Wanganui, fell in love with him. Unfortunately my boss at the time sacked him and he was sent to a trainer in Auckland. Long story short he popped up on Facebook for sale 7 years ago. I bought him on the spot no questions asked. It was best decision I ever made. Seven years later he is my one in a million horse and he will live out the rest of his days in my paddocks being my show hack.
 
Story shared by Codie Peterson

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

MR BROWN

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2008 Gelding
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Mr Brown 2008 ( Duelled/True Zephyr) Trainer- Michelle Northcott. Following a short career where his potential was never reached, he travelled to Timaru to the Phiskie family. His real potential will be eventing and following some show jumping training days he graduated to the hunting field. Last season he hunted with the South Canterbury Hunt. This photograph was his first spar at the Whites Hunt. Mr B has a tremendous attitude, is a willing jumper, so honest and a dream horse to own. Michelle did a wonderful job in his education.
 
Story shared by Bill Phiskie

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

MYTSHARP (Sparkles)

Performance
Born:
2007 Mare
Location:
Auckland
Present Role:
Semi Retired Sport Horse
Sparkles (Mytsharp) came to me from a friend last year. She has the most amazing, chilled out temperament, hard to believe sometimes that she won a race or could even go that fast! She destroys all stereotypes related to chestnut thoroughbred mares for sure. Since racing she has had a foal which is now two years old (not a full thoroughbred). Sparkles spends her days relaxing, going to low level shows and pottering around the paddocks hacking out with me. A very much loved member of our family who fits in perfectly. 
 
Story shared by Erin Carson

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
Born:
1996 Gelding
Location:
Hawkes Bay
Present Role:
Retired - enjoying life
No Hero was raced and owned by Paul and Carol Nelson. He was one of the best steeplechasers in his time winning a grand national and two HB Steeplechase’s. When he retired at age of 13 he was given to me. We competed in dressage and some show hunter classes while being clerk of course at the HB racing centre which he did till he retired at age 20. He was also used by trackside as their commentary horse in the spring racing carnivals held in HB which he loved doing, being the show off he is.
 
Story shared by Joanna Harrison
Photo Credit: Lawrence Racing

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

ON THE RISE (Smealzy)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2011 Gelding
Location:
Wellington
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Here's my boy by Towkay. He's called Smealzy at home raced as On The Rise. He events to open and 1.2m SJ and is 100% awesome and my best mate.
 
Story shared by Izzy Kimble

OOZLE (Dagger)

Performance
Born:
2003 Gelding
Location:
Auckland
Present Role:
Riding Horse
I wanted to share my boy Dagger (race name Oozle). My first job was a stable hand for Stephen McKee in Ardmore, little did I know that Dagger was racing against one of the horses who was trained where I work (he came third to Boundless). I have had Dagger for nearly ten years now (he is 18 this year) and he has been my rock and best mate during this time. I would love to connect with anyone who knew him during his racing years as I would love to let them know that he has a forever loving home with me until the day that he passes.
 
Story shared Erin Carson

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

PAINLESS (Zack)

Performance
Born:
2015 Gelding
Location:
Whanganui
Present Role:
Retired
I got given Painless (Zack) around Christmas 2019 from a trainer (Nikki Marshall) who I do a bit of work with. I used to ride Zack at the beach and do a little trackwork with him. Nikki chose to retire him and of course I was first option and of course I said yes. Since I’ve had him we have hacked around my grandparents and neighbouring farms, attended a low-key sports day and been on a few beach rides. He is now just sitting in the paddock while I sit back for a while as I’m still young and have a lot on my plate, but he is as happy as ever and I’m so glad that I ended up with him.
 
Story shared by Brooke Bland

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

PIRI PIRI PETE (Leo)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2015 Gelding
Location:
Manawatu
Present Role:
Sport Horse
My horse raced as Piri Piri Pete but I call him Leo and he competes as an eventer now as Rei de Lago. Leo finished racing in October of 2020 and started work as a sport horse in December 2020. He is now doing really well as an eventer and at the end of the 2020/2021 season he has completed 3 65cm events and one 80cm event. He is a joy to have around, so friendly and cuddly and so much fun to ride. For the 2021/2022 season he will be aimed at the higher heights in eventing.
 
Story shared by Bella Park

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

POINT GUARD (Woody)

Performance
Born:
2000 Gelding
Location:
North Canterbury
Present Role:
Retired
Woody had a long, successful racing career followed by 10 years with me as a hack and now very much a pet. His trainer and owners still play a role in his care and his favourite hobbies are visiting the beach and clicker training. He is very opinionated, thinks that everything is all about him, only just scrapes in at 15hh but still to this day thinks that he is 17hh!
 
Story shared by Kim Skilton
 

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

PRINCE OF BROOKS (Prince)

Performance
Born:
2014 Gelding
Location:
Southland
Present Role:
Sport Horse
I got Prince in December 2020 and he has just started his jumping career and in his first two starts he was competing at 90cm where he won one and placed 2nd in the other. He finished the season competing at 1m and has a very exciting future ahead! My horses all enjoy regular beach rides and hacks through the dunes  I just love working with thoroughbreds and find them so easy to deal with.
 
Story shared by Kimberleigh McCabe
 

PYTHAGORAS (Pye)

Performance
Born:
1996 Gelding
Location:
Southland
Present Role:
Sport Horse
This photo is of my amazing 24YO horse Pythagoras, last month at NZPCA Eventing Champs where we competed as a DC (105) for Otago Southland. Pythagoras started out as a steeplechaser where he raced 17 times before being retrained as an eventer. He competed up to 3* level and has also helped inexperienced riders up the levels of eventing with confidence. Pye has never stopped at a fence, he would rather crash through it and carry on! Next season I plan on competing at Springston Trophy in the 105 and then stepping down to 95cm to finish of his 25-year career!
 
Story shared by Ashleigh Butson

REASANNE 2000 (Bugs)

Performance
Born:
2000 Mare
Location:
Hawkes Bay
Present Role:
Lady of leisure and chief stock supervisor
Seanachie aka Bugs never made it to the track but she certainly made it to the show ring! Winning multiple champions her show career unfortunately was cut short due to a trucking accident that took over a year to heal. She has done many lambing beats and dockings. And will even carry sheep, she is the most sure footed and well balanced horse I've ever ridden. At nearly 21 she is enjoying her retirement life on the hill with the most spectacular views of the Hawke's Bay.
 
Story shared by Danelle Phillips

RED OASIS (Big Red)

Performance
Born:
1998 Gelding
Location:
Auckland
Present Role:
Brand Ambassador

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

RESPLENDENT GLORY (Regie)

Performance
Born:
2012 Gelding
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Regie is ex HK, retired from Ridley Racing in 2018 and came to me for rehoming. He is now in his forever home as a dressage horse with his mum who is studying vet at Massey.
 
Story shared by Dee Grant

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
Born:
2014 Mare
Location:
South Canterbury
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Rox is just starting showjumping with the tail end of the season, where she jumped clear rounds up to 80cm. I love my TBs, I keep going back to them as they are so rideable, brave and fun. 
 
Story shared by Janis Cranston
Photo Credit - PRW Photography

SAINT EMILION (Emil)

Performance
Born:
2011 Gelding
Location:
Cambridge
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Saint Emilion “Emil “ winner of 15 races including 3 G3 races and G1 has been under my private care for 15 months now. He retired 17 months ago from racing. I worked for Baker Racing for nearly 6 years and took care of “Emil” during his whole racing career. He was always my favourite horse. He’s a very special horse in many ways and I’ve given him a bit of time after racing finished just to settle down and enjoy his retirement. In the future I’m planning to take him to do some shows with some easy jumping included. Also as rodeo is part of my life nowadays I hope I can start taking the silver beast to North Island rodeos next summer and do some 2nd division barrel racing with him.
 
Story shared by Emilia Putkinen

SATIN JITTERBUG (Beverley)

Performance
Born:
2011 Mare
Location:
Southland
Present Role:
Sport Horse
I got Beverley as a 6yr off the track in Invercargill. She has mainly Showjumped but has also had wins in RTR and placed 2nd in the Southland Young event horse. At HOY 2020 she placed 6th in the 1.15m out of 130 horses and is now competing at 1.30m level with plenty of scope !
 
Story shared by Kimberleigh McCabe

SAYYAL 2015 (Doll)

Performance
Sire:
Dam:
Born:
2015 Mare
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse
My mare, Doll, missed out on being a race horse. I bred her on my lifestyle block from leased mare Sayyal. She was quite a late foal and was too small to go to the Karaka sales as a yearling. Subsequently, I decided to keep her as a riding horse and she was professionally broken-in for this in late 2018. Doll loves the "cowboy challenge" obstacles and is very clever and a quick learner at this. In 2021 I hope to get her competing in the Cowboy Challenge field. At some time in the future I may allow her to be a broodmare, but she is perfectly happy just being a very spoiled and happy pet.
 
Story shared by Eve Davidson

SCHIAVO (Sparty)

Performance
Born:
2007 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Sport Horse
In university I picked up riding trackwork to fund my riding and not long after I acquired the very slow Sparty as he was known for a project. 10 years later Sparty is still here and the love of my life. If Sparty was a person he would be one of those annoying people who is good at everything. He has won titles in showing at Horse of the Year, placed in the National Young Event Horse, carted me around my first 1* horse trial (now 2*) and still spends a lot of time switching hats between Eventing, dressage and showing, being perfect and picking up wins and placings as he goes along. The most amazing part about him is how genuine and kind he is though. He is a true unicorn and will be with me forever. My horse of a lifetime ❤️.
 
Story shared by Cassie Henderson

SEAMLESS (Sparkles)

Performance
Born:
2011 Mare
Location:
Auckland
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Sparkles is a gorgeous girl. She has show jumped to 1.20m and has recently stepped up to 2* Eventing with ease, she is an absolute XC Machine! She took me back to eventing with huge confidence! Currently owned by me and now being ridden by Amanda Illston. Sparkles is extremely willing and tries her hardest to please and is always thinking forward, she is a delightful horse to be around.
 
Story shared by Laura Daly

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

SHEER TALENT 2001 (Gem)

Performance
Born:
2001 Mare
Location:
Wellington
Present Role:
Sport Horse
We have a lovely TB mare who we owned for 10 years and who Paxton got after she had been sitting idol in a paddock. She competed her to the highest level in Show Hunter & Show Jumped to 1.20m until it was time for her to step back in heights and take life a bit easier. Here name is Gem -  HOT WIRED. She is now 20 years old and this year she is with Trudi Lovett in Wellington and has taken her from a nervous low level rider to qualifying for Horse of the Year and placing 6th in NZ in the Show Hunter TIES series (Thoroughbreds in Equestrian Sport). She looks amazing for 20 and still loves jumping around the 1m classes including being placed at series final this year. We are very lucky that she has a home for life with Trudi who loves her to bits and Gem has no intention of retiring any time soon!
Story shared by Annette Condor

SIANA ICE (Ice)

Performance
Born:
1996 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Retired
Ice came to me from my aunt and uncle, who trained him, having raced until he was eight for two wins and a handful of placings. He had had basic retraining and came to me as my first horse to produce in 2007. At 17hh he was rather imposing but quickly gathered fans everywhere he went for his striking looks, beautiful movement and his even more stunning temperament. Icey took to his new life like a duck to water and made many teams in Eventing, show jumping and dressage. He had placings at HOY in dressage and in 2011 we won the level 2 Dressage NZ Young Rider Championship. Everyone one who meets Ice loves him and he really is the perfect ambassador for how wonderful Thoroughbreds are. He is now rising 25 and lives the life of retired luxury with us and his long time buddy Bill who is 28.
 
Story Shared by Cassie Henderson

SIMPLE TRUTH (Cindy)

Performance
Born:
1989 Mare
Location:
Taranaki
Present Role:
Retired
From her birth, Simple Truth was unusually “quiet” with an exceptional nature around other horses and people. So she has always been a favourite on the farm, especially valuable as a ‘minder’ with foals pre- and post weaning; the foals often tend to spend more time with her than their mothers and she acts like a foster mother.
 
Story shared by Marie Pepperell 

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

STARKY (Stark)

Performance
Born:
2006 Gelding
Location:
Hawkes Bay
Present Role:
Riding Horse
I bought Stark for adult riding and farm hacking. He is amazing, everyone loves him and I can put anyone on him if I have friends over who like to ride. He will also be with us forever.
 
Story shared by Jenna Cann

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

SYLPH 2002 (Taz)

Performance
Dam:
Born:
2002 Gelding
Location:
North Auckland
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Taz wasn't raced. I think he had the slow bug to which he still has to this day! He's very much an all rounder and we have qualified to attend horse of the year 2022 in pleasure horse. Last weekend he did hunter trials and weekend before he was show jumping 😀
Taz is 18 but you would never pick it.
 
Story shared by Kelly Davies
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

THE IRISH BOUNTY (Paddy)

Performance
Born:
2012 Gelding
Location:
Northland
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Paddy is living his best life as a riding horse these days... Has done inhand showing with great results and this year has progressed to low level show jumping and show hunter. Best horse ever. Love ottbs.

Story shared Kobi Matthews

THE MAN (with Outram)

Performance
Dam:
Born:
2011 Gelding
Location:
Otago
Present Role:
Hunter
Outram and The Man came out of the White Robe Lodge stable and are now both on the Hunt field with Otago Hunt as retired racehorses with a new career.
Both are very versatile horses, coping with hounds around them, very closely at times. The Man also puts up with the Hunting horn being blown while ridden and he has to be the first over all types of fences and country. Outram has to also go out on his own a lot, gather in loose hounds, cope with a stock whip being flicked off him, occasionally cracked as well. Otago Hunt has many OTTTB's in their field and the majority make lovely safe hunters for a range of riders once they know what hunting is all about.
 
Story shared by Anne Beattie

THE PREDATOR (Arnie)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
1999 Gelding
Location:
Otago
Present Role:
Semi Retired/Nanny/Hack
Arnie was my first ever horse and what a first horse he has been. He is incredibly quirky, smart, hot and full of personality. He is a very talented jumper and had competed to pre novice before I got him, I had high hopes for a show jumping career for us both but due to an injury, it quickly became clear that this lifestyle wasn’t going to suit him. Arnie has been semi retired since he was 15 and is the best babysitter/happy hacker in the world. He is my best friend and has taught me so many valuable lessons in our time together, I love him with all of my heart!
 
Story shared by Chrisanna Hancock

TOKOMARU BAY (Astro)

Performance
Born:
2009 Gelding
Location:
Manawatu
Present Role:
Sport Horse

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

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

TREBBIANO (Colin)

Performance
Born:
2013 Gelding
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Colin has just had his second eventing start but has pottered and turned heads in the show ring as well. Colin is a right character and keeps everyone at home on their toes. He loves carrots and absolutely hates baths. Colin has an incredible jump when he is paying attention and a face that just makes you smile. He will continue to go up the levels eventing and hopefully one day we will see him at the top. Having Colin is like having a big over friendly dog.
 
Story shared by Molly Taylor

TRICIDITY (Trick)

Performance
Born:
1993 Gelding
Location:
North Canterbury
Present Role:
Retired
Tricidity was bred by Whakanui Stud Ltd, by Sir Tristram (IRE) out of Lucidity (NZ) born in 1993 and sold to Australia where he had many wins and placings before retiring from racing as a 7YO Trick was then brought back to NZ by a lady who had worked with him in Australia. I was lucky enough to then purchase Trick and we had a great partnership for 12 years. Competing successfully in Show jumping up to 1.30m, with multiple wins and placings. Including Championship classes at Horse of the Year. Trick retired in 2015 at 22 years old. He was an absolute one in a million!
 
Story shared by Sarah Mullen

TWO HEARTS 2004 (Handel)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2004 Mare
Location:
Auckland
Present Role:
Polo Star
I am fairly new to polo but have spent my life riding horses - at the age of 46 I decided polo looked fun and took it up! In early 2021, I joined up with the Women's Chukkas practice group at Auckland Polo School. I met Handel there, and got to use her for practice - she was super! Fast, easy to maneuver, always has her eye on the ball and has the sweetest personality. She became available for sale so I decided, why not? She has moved onto our property in Kumeu and absolutely loves her stables, pampering and bossing around the younger geldings in the paddock! I hope to play her for a few more years at lower levels and then if she is still willing and able, to ride her at Muriwai Beach and in the forest.
 
Story shared by Candace Kinser
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

WAITUI MUSIC (Lachie)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2001 Gelding
Location:
Otago
Present Role:
Semi Retired Sport Horse
Lachie arrived with a reputation for bucking people off, it was clear he was scared while handling him so I spent time gaining his trust on the ground before riding him and it was 100% worth it. He went on to become a multi champion show hack, pre novice eventer and 1.10m show jumper. He is now semi retired due to some minor health issues but still loves getting out and about and is always a professional to deal with. Not bad for a horse that retired from racing as an 11YO!
 
Story shared by Chrisanna Hancock
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
 

WHAT NOW MY LOVE (Phoebe)

Performance
Sire:
Born:
2011 Mare
Location:
King Country
Present Role:
Stock Horse
I have owned What now my Love since May 2020. A friend of mine had her for a possible show jumper. Phoebe just didn’t like the competition atmosphere and stressed out considerably so she was given to me to see how she would cope on the farm. She loves her new role as a stock horse mustering on our big beef and sheep farm in Tauramunui. I have just had 5 months off riding after knee surgery and today I put her saddle on and we had our first ride since November 2020. Phoebe was a dream. Super quiet and very happy to be out doing something again. I love this mare so much and would like to say she has a forever home with us here in Tauramunui.
 
Story shared by Lorraine Wiki

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                

 

WHOLELOTAROSIE (Rosie)

Performance
Born:
2013 Mare
Location:
Southland
Present Role:
Sport Horse
I have had Rosie two seasons now where she has only showjumped and is now competing at 1.20m with many placings and wins.
 
Story shared by Kimberleigh McCabe

WILLIE ROYDON (Willie)

Performance
Born:
2007 Gelding
Location:
Canterbury
Present Role:
Sport Horse
Willie retired from hurdling in Southland in 2014, ex jockey Jillian Morris paid for his truck to Chch where we offered him a rehab home for 12 months paddock rest prior to selling him as a first hack to a very competent teenager who has successfully jumped him up to 125cm.
 
Story shared by Dee Grant

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

YANKEE DANCER (Bill)

Performance
Born:
1992 Gelding
Location:
Waikato
Present Role:
Retired
Bill was bought as a yearling and trained by my Aunt and Uncle in Ruakaka. Upon being retired he was reschooled by my aunt as a sporthorse. Unfortunately he developed an Ethmoid haematoma as a young horse and was unsuitable to be sold on so I was lucky enough to be gifted him as my first hack when I was just 11 coming off my first pony and him only 8. He was an exceptionally talented horse all round, very much wasted on my young self but took me to many wins in dressage and Eventing to open level, and won countless ribbons. He taught me an endless amount and was always so safe. He is retired with us, soon to be turning 29 so has been in our family for 28 years. The first thoroughbred love story of many to come in my life!
 
Story shared by Cassie Henderson
 
 

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