Retrainer Information

Retrainers specialise in re-educating retired racehorses for equestrian purposes.

If you’re a current racehorse owner wanting to have your horse retrained and placed in an equestrian home or if you’re an equestrian rider looking to purchase a quality retired racehorse please contact a retrainer in your area.
Abbey Willis - Ajay Equestrian

Overview

 Ajay Equestrian is a friendly, low key training facility suitable for all horse’s post racing. I have over 20 years of riding experience and endeavour to make every horse the best they can be. Show Jumping is where my heart lies, but I also train in horsemanship, dressage and eventing. All horses are taken out on pleasure rides through the state forest as well. I have sold on many OTTB's in my time training, with some going on to win the Melbourne Royal, others making the perfect best friends for pleasure riders, or competition mounts succeeding in their chosen disciplines. With lovely, new and evolving facilities, horses brought to me are exposed, prepared and ready for their future lives, whatever discipline that may be in.

Website: www.ajayequestrian.com

Email: ajay_equestrian@hotmail.com

Contact number: 0413 168 655

Amanda Porter (Garfield North)
 

Overview

 Welcome to Forest View Thoroughbreds. We have a small but dedicated team of experienced horse people who will assist with the re-training /sale of your horse or placement of one of our quality off the track horses. We are a self funded OTT re-programming / re-homing establishment who take pride in producing quality mounts suitable for a variety of disciplines.

We specialise in - re training for thoroughbreds and all breeds:

  • Bring back to work after a spell, injury or pregnancy
  • Ground work
  • Re-education and problem solving

Each horse comes directly from the horse trainer or horse owner who can reliably supply us with background information from every horse we receive, including: soundness issues, vices, quirks, feeding and nutrition requirements etc. Once in our care, we will determine an appropriate spelling period and feeding regime, allowing the horse to fully let down before we begin our re-programming. All horses undergo a ground and ridden assessment. Our program is designed to release all the pressure they have absorbed during racing, to produce a relaxed, willing, happy, confident horse for future riding in your desired discipline.

Our facilities include: Private paddocks with box and shade trees, communal paddock with shade trees, ample float parking, fenced 22m x 44m arena, round yard, hot wash, beautiful riding throughout the Bunyip Forest, only km's away from Mt. Cannibal and Tonimbuk Equestrian Facilities.

Inspections welcome by appointment.

Website: www.forestviewthoroughbreds.com

Email: forestviewthoroughbreds@gmail.com

Contact number: 0417 622 329

Briar Morris
 

Overview

I have had a lifelong passion for our beautiful off the track thoroughbreds. I first started riding my very first OTT TB at the age of 12 and he kick started my love for the thoroughbred. High school really kick started my love for training horses. I went to The Korralbyn International School because of their Equestrian Mastery Program. The mastery program consisted of lessons all day Friday in all three eventing disciplines with top level coaches such as Rebel Morrow.

During high school I worked as a track rider for a trainer with a few horses and every now and then when his horses were finished racing I would then take them on and show them a different career. My biggest achievement with one of my thoroughbreds was taking him from a pretty wild OTT horse to competing at mini Prix level show jumping at some of the biggest shows in QLD. I really love the versatility of the thoroughbred and the try they give. They are amazing horses and I’m so honoured to be able to help many more thoroughbreds find their new lives.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/BriarsBrumbies/

Email: shomiea@live.com.au

Mobile: 0413 174 310

Caroline Price (Belgrave South)

Overview

With over 25 years experience within the racing and equestrian industries, as a retrainer, track rider, and successful show jumping rider.

Each horse is an individual and thus retrained accordingly and matched with the type of rider that the horse would suit. These early steps are very important in giving a loving permanent long term home to the Off The Track horse.

Email: cjp3804@hotmail.com

Contact number: 0418519752

Clint Bilson (Somerville)

Overview

Available to retrain, rehome and sell on for Clients. All horses situations are different and rates can be discussed individually. Services include showing, show prep, dressage training, early transition training and sales.
    
Facebook: CB Equine

Email: Clint_bilson@live.com.au

Contact number: 0407934194

Emmandy Equestrian (Little River)
Retrainer

Overview

Located just 30 minutes from Melbourne, Emmandy Equestrian is operated by Emma Quigley and specialises in the retraining of quality thoroughbred horses for a range of sport riding disciplines, including eventing, show jumping and general riding club.

Website: Emmandy Equestrian

Email: emma@branchdesign.com.au

Mobile: 0421 572 047

Erin Milford (Leongatha)

Overview

The right start to a life after racing, giving them the best chance to unlock their full potential in any given field. Retraining Off the Track horses for every discipline. Experience and commitment second to none.

Email: erinmatt01@gmail.com

Contact number: 0422 346 193

Fiona May (Moorooduc)

Overview

Specialise in retraining retired racehorses for riding across all disciplines  Each horse is an individual and is trained with this in mind, ensuring trust and respect is gained and maintained while expanding their training and discovering where their potential lies.

Email: fiona@equinemagic.com.au

Contact Number: 0439326912

Fiona McIntyre
 

Overview

Fiona has a passion for retraining Thoroughbreds post racing. While specialising in “Show Horses” all horses require the basic fundamentals to transition into a new career. Fiona’s re-training process is tailored to each individual horse based on their circumstances, past experience and temperament.
After an initial assessment each horse has a retraining program designed and implemented to best suit that horse, to enable them to have the best possible future off the track. The possibilities are endless for this versatile breed from showing, dressage, show jumping, eventing or simply a pleasure horse.

Retraining education, sales preparation and spelling services are available. The home of Sirmione & Precedence proving Top Racehorses also have a life after racing.

Email: offthetrack101@gmail.com

Contact Number: 0413 650 822

Georgie Simpson (Cape Clear)
Retrainer

Overview

Aims to provide Off the Track thoroughbreds with the best possible start to their life after racing by taking a holistic approach to their care and retraining. Georgie takes the time to get to know each horse’s strengths, gain their trust and respect, and retrain them to bring out their best is of utmost importance to me. I aim to find the right partnership for each horse in their most suited discipline, whether it be eventing, show jumping, dressage, show, western or pleasure.

Email: kallisteequine@yhaoo.com.au

Contact number: 0427 411 105

Jen Duffy (Mornington)
 

Overview

I've grown up with horses and have ridden for as long as I can remember. I started pony club at 7yrs old and have competed through the grades to state and national level in showjumping and eventing. I've worked in the racing industry for the last 12years and have a passion for taking on horses once they retire and retraining them to find the perfect new home to start the next phase of their life! I'm currently competing at FEI 2star level eventing with the aim to continue up the grades on my own OTT gelding who I've ridden since a yearling throughout his racing career before getting him off the track as a 4.5 year old! I also take on and enjoy working with racehorses during their current racing careers that may have difficulties and need a bit of dressage and/or jumping work or conditioning work to build up more muscle and topline.

Email: jenduffy@live.com

Contact Number: 0427140233

Jessica Schneider (Geelong)

Overview

Specialising in retraining of retired racehorses for eventing, dressage, pony club, adult riding club & other sporting disciplines. Each horse undergoes individual training & management programs to cater for their particular needs & requirements. Also available for lessons/schooling & campaigning of retired racehorses.               

Website: Vengeance Performance Horses

Email: vengeanceperformancehorses@gmail.com

Contact Number: 0435936062

Kate Beadel (Nar Nar Goon)
Kate BEadel

Overview

Kate has been riding, educating and training thoroughbreds for more than 20 years. She works closely with horses during all stages of their life, from breaking and pre-training, to racing and re-education for an Off the Track career, where she is a successful three-star eventer and World Cup show jumper.

Email: akbeadel@bigpond.com

Contact Number: 0412858619

Kate Meyer (Maryborough)
 

Overview
I have been involved in the Racing Industry my whole life. As a child I would spend all my spare time with my grandfather & Great grandfather who were trainers as is my mother – going to races helping in the stables was my first passion and the highlight of my school holidays. My first job was at a Racing Stable here in Ballarat where I started as a strapper and graduating to riding work.

I have been retraining OTT’s for 18 years which has been both challenging and rewarding. Determining the appropriate path towards these horses being placed in disciplines most suited to them, getting them conditioned and working quietly and confidently ensure that they find their forever homes. Equally important is ensuring that these horses are not placed with people who do not have the capabilities to suit the particular horse, the right owner is always out there.

Currently I have 2 OTT horses in work achieving great success in the show ring and I look forward to taking on more horses to educate and re-home, there is nothing more rewarding than having new owners call to say how much they love their new horses and that they are everything I promised they would be.


Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/jetstayshowhorses/
Email:
jestayshowhorses@hotmail.com
Contact Number: 0402 644 477

Katie Ramsay (Baxter)

Overview

Specialise in working with owners of retired racehorses to assist with the transition of racehorse to riding horse.

Website: Ramsay Park Equestrian Services

Email: ramsayparkequine@hotmail.com

Contact Number: 0403644289

Katie Rode (Hazelwood North)

Overview

Retrain thoroughbreds for most disciplines, mainly showjumping where horses are suitable.

Twitter: @KRequestrian

Website: KRequestrian

Email: krequestrian@hotmail.com

Contact Number: 0421508321

Louise Abey

Overview

Specializing in retraining off the track thoroughbreds for eventing and show jumping. With broad experience with horses in different disciplines including pony club, camp drafting, polo Crosse, eventing, show jumping, riding club and dressage. The athleticism and versatility of the Thoroughbred means that they can be suited to many pursuits. The aim as a retainer is to match the right horse with the right rider, in the right discipline.

Located one-hour west of Melbourne on a beef farm. Our horses are given great exposure to farm life, stock work etc. before beginning their new career. There is a life after racing and we can't wait to facilitate it.

Email: 0429 626 484

Contact Number: louisemawhinney@gmail.com

Lyn Shand (Nar Nar Goon)

Overview

We specialise in retraining & rehoming thoroughbreds - All horses are retrained through a specialised program to ensure they are given the best opportunity to perform in their most appropriate equestrian discipline.

Website: www.equus.net.au

Facebook: Equus Horses

Email: Lyn@equus.net.au

Contact Number: 0432111896

Marzel Park (Katamatite)

Overview

We are available to re-train off the track thoroughbreds specializing in off the track thoroughbred rehabilitation for Showing purposes, however we can aid in providing most OTT horses with solid foundations  that can be taken forward into any discipline. We take an objective approach when selecting OTT horses; Conformation, temperament, health and overall appearance are the most important factors that will make the horse suitable for our re-training purposes.              

Facebook: Marzel Park

Email: nicole@marzelpark.com; mitch@marzelpark.com

Contact Number: 0409646390; 0448142306

Maureen McGrath / MM Equestrian

Overview

MM Equestrian Pty Ltd specialises in retraining retired racehorses for eventing, show jumping, pony club, adult riding club & whatever the horse may excel to. Time is taken to allow the horses to spell then partake in individualised training programs. Maureen is an Equine Kinesiology taping specialist and is also a professional E.A. & P.C.A coach & equestrian rider in all disciplines.

Email: mmequestrianptyltd@gmail.com

Mobile: 0400 670 086

Website: maureenmcgrath.wixsite.com/mmequestrian

 

Molly Barry (Leongatha)
 

Overview

Horses have always been a part of my family. Mum rode up until six weeks before I was born and I began riding when I was two years old on a cute buckskin Shetland called Ruby.

Presently, I am 21 years old and the highlights of my riding career have been winning the Melbourne International Three Day Event CCIJ* and Best Performed Off the Track Thoroughbred with La Muso, as well as successfully completing the Australian International 3DE CCI2* and more recently, winning the Lakes and Craters CCI***.

Recently I was also awarded Equestrian Victoria Young Eventing Rider of the Year.

Based in South Gippsland, Victoria, I am a registered NCAS Level One coach and Racing Victoria recognised Racehorse Re-trainer. Around my University studies (Biomedical science at Federation Gippsland) I also own and run my own business: Off The Track Eventing.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/OTTeventing/

Email: offthetrackeventing@yahoo.com.au

Contact Number: 0417 844 435

 

Nikki Cook (Geelong)
 

Overview

Shory Park Horses is one of the largest retraining programs in Australia, retraining and rehoming over 80 thoroughbreds per year. We specialise in producing genuinely quiet mounts for pony club, adult riders and a variety of disciplines depending on the particular horse. Each thoroughbred has a large spell to let down before commencing their new careers. As well as retraining our own Off the Tracks we also have a Sales preparation business for kids ponies through to 2* eventers.

Facebook: Shory Park Horses

Email: shoryparkhorses@hotmail.com

Contact Number: 0421506215

Rachael Gane (Colac)

Overview

Specialise in retraining retired racehorses into top show and dressage horses competing at state levels around Australia.

Email: beckgroen17@hotmail.com

Contact Number: 0430571506

Rebecca Groen (Bacchus March)

Overview

Specialise in retraining retired racehorses into top show and dressage horses competing at state levels around Australia.

Email: beckgroen17@hotmail.com

Contact Number: 0430571506

Rob & Kerry Clarke

Overview

We are passionate about thoroughbreds. both with a lifetime of involvement with horses. We live in the high-country Mansfield Victoria – with facilities suitable for horses coming off the track to relax and unwind. We break, train and teach whilst having a small show team of horses. We also judge horses throughout Australia. Our main priority is the welfare of our horses both physically and emotionally. Once our OTT horses are let down, we begin a slow and gentle retraining process to introduce them to their new life. We find the horses let us know what discipline will suit them best, then once they are confident in their new job, we go about the process of finding the right person and home for that horse. We are very proud to be RV Acknowledged Retrainers.

Email: ktempest@bigpond.com

Contact Number: Rob 0417 516 079; Kerry 0439 090 988

Ron Waddell (Benalla)

Overview

Train horses for all equestrian disciplines specialising in show jumping.

Email: arwaddell@iinet.net.au

Contact Number: 0407949488

Sam Gairdner / Bakers Bridge Polo

Overview

Owned and run by Sam Gairdner and Clementine Mann, Bakers Bridge Polo runs about 100 horses and specialises in retraining ex race horses. Over the past 4 years the business has purchased or been given around 80 horses, and during the previous 10 years another 60. With the aim to sell trained horses into both the local and overseas market Bakers Bridge Polo prides itself on finding good homes for all the horses coming into its hands.

Sam has played polo professionally around the world for 20 years and is now based full time in Victoria. Clementine now concentrates on training polo ponies but travelled internationally as an Eventer and has represented Australia Bakers Bridge also provides lessons, horse hire, agistment and professional playing services at its home on the Moorabool river just outside of Geelong and only 45 minutes from Melbourne’s Westgate bridge.

Email: sam@bakersbridgepolo.com

Contact number: 0432 741 404

Website: www.bakersbridgepolo.com

Simon Tainsh

Overview

Simon comes from a horsey family, and has turned his childhood dreams into a reality by becoming one of the most respected coaches and riders on the Victorian eventing scene. Simon, along with his wife Jessica (who have just welcomed their first daughter, Mackenzie) , run a wonderful property an hour out of Melbourne called Kia-Ora, which specializes in educating young horses and riders in dressage, cross-country and show jumping. As a qualified NCAS Equestrian Australia coach, Simon coaches statewide and interstate including coaching the for Victorian Eventing Squad riders. Kia Ora Performance Horses offers a wide range of training options for your horse. No matter what the discipline or your goals, they all require the same fundamentals. Simon spends a lot of his time competing his own team of talented eventers as well for owners. Simon currently has a Three Star Horse, Vengeance and is aiming towards competing in the 4**** competition at Adelaide Three-Day Event.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/kiaora.performancehorses/ 

Email: simon_tainsh@hotmail.com

Contact number: 0429 125 313

Teagan Carney

Overview

Teagan has had riding and coaching experience both within Australia and Internationally, training with world class riders including Aussie Olympian Edwina Tops Alexander. She is a member of both the Victorian Eventing and Dressage Young Rider Squads, producing horses to become versatile high-performance athletes. Luckily, OTT TB’s have a very good talent for just this which is why they are always a first option among the Zengara Park team. She has experience competing in EA Dressage, Show jumping and Eventing as well as a few seasons of Showing under her belt and Parelli Natural Horsemanship training, making her just as versatile as the horse in finding their talents. Every horse has a purpose, whether performance or leisure and the time is taken with them to find what style of training suits them best and where their forte lies.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ZengaraPPH  

Email: teagan_18@hotmail.com

Mobile: 0429 361 951

Victoria Abbott (polo)

Overview

 TI came to Australia from the UK backpacking approximately 7 years ago, where I soon met my now husband. In the UK I predominantly trained young horses for eventing alongside my job in London. My husband is a professional polo player and also runs his Charolais Cattle stud, cropping and sheep business. Since being here I have retrained many OTT's, mostly for our polo operation (we both play during the season) but also as allrounders, eventers etc. We are located in the stunning Grampians and I have recently had our first baby boy ‘Hugo’. It’s a very relaxing place for horses and OTT's in particular seem to thrive off it, particularly the mustering of cattle and hacking round the farm which we do, it’s all part of their training and it mentally is a great 'let down' for them after racing. We have fantastic facilities including a full-size polo field, round yard, arena, some small xc jumps and show jumps, a large exercise track (sand), good size large, well fenced paddocks, undercover yards plus spacious cattle yards. I take in all kinds of horses for schooling, to be sold, competed or just exposed to more farm life.

Email: firetrap22@hotmail.com

Mobile: 0499 039 090

Sophia Landy Equestrian
 

Overview
Sophia Landy Equestrian specialises in re-training off the track thoroughbreds. Renowned for being particularly good with sensitive, touchy or difficult horses, Sophia has a great empathy with all horses which enables her to bring out the best in them. Her approach to re-training is to make the work enjoyable and straightforward for the horse, so that they can develop the attitude, skills and muscle strength needed to excel in their new post racing careers. Having competed to Grand prix level show jumping and FEI 2 Star level eventing, Sophia is an experienced competitor and has produced a number of off the track thoroughbreds to FEI level. Sophia Landy Equestrian offers re-training and campaigning of off the track thoroughbreds, with specialised programs available to suit the needs of each individual horse.


Website: 
www.sophialandy.com
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/SophiaLandyEquestrian
Email: landysophia@gmail.com

Contact Number: 0433 262 040