Geelong captain Joel Selwood and his wife Brit met Racing Victoria (RV) Acknowledged Retrainer Fiona McIntyre, and her RESET horse Garbhan, recently as part of their role as Spring Racing Carnival Ambassadors. Garbhan had a successful racing career, amassing $144k in prizemoney. At one stage of his career, Garbhan suffered a tendon injury but was rehabbed back to racing and went on to win additional races, not dissimilar from Joel coming back to footy after injuring his hamstring in 2020.
Joel and Brit are true fans of horseracing and believe that the real stars of the track are the horses. They have been part owners in many racehorses over the years with other Geelong players and they enjoy the thrill and excitement of being involved. Joel and Brit are regulars on track as part of the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.
The Victorian Spring Racing Carnival is unlike any other event as it celebrates the unique, world-class care and welfare standards that horses are afforded pre, during and post their racing careers, including RV’s state-wide network of over 50 Acknowledged Retrainers who assist trainers and owners with the re-educating and placement of their retired racehorses in second careers.
Acknowledged Retrainer Fiona McIntyre works tirelessly to ensure retired racehorses lead long and healthy lives after leaving the track and tailors a program to each individual horse based on their past experience, temperament and circumstances, helping them transition off-the-track.
Racing Victoria’s Off The Track Program aims to facilitate the placement of retired racehorses in second careers by promoting a network of RV Acknowledged Retrainers, driving demand for the breed and educating the community about life after racing options.
Racing Victoria’s RESET (Racehorse, Evaluation, Support, Education and Transition) program offers a safety net in the form of direct support and retraining for thoroughbreds that have struggled to find the right home following the conclusion of their racing careers.