So much to discover about Thoroughbreds.
The Hunter Valley has long been famous as the source of thoroughbred racehorses, recognised alongside Kentucky and Ireland as a world-leading nursery of equine athletes.
The region’s stud farms have an exceptional collective record as the home of champion stallions and broodmares, and the source of high-priced yearlings and major race winners throughout Australia and around the globe. That success has undoubtedly helped to elevate Scone as the Horse Capital of Australia and attract major investment in thoroughbreds, land, facilities and people throughout the Hunter.
Industry participation certainly demands large amounts of money, but on a daily basis it is powered by a deep love and respect for the horse and a commitment to give horses the care and education they need not just for racing, but for the full span of their lives.
Although created three centuries ago specifically for racing, the thoroughbred horse is a remarkably versatile breed capable of adapting to other equine sports such as eventing, show-jumping, barrel racing and polo. They can also be found working as police horses, with adults & children who have disabilities and in rehabilitation programs such as the joint venture between Racing NSW and Corrective Services NSW.
The Hunter Valley thoroughbred industry supports the work required to help thoroughbred horses transition to new lives. In many cases, stud and stable staff will place them directly or help re-train horses for different disciplines and ensure they will be suitable for leisure riding. Horses whose age, temperament or disability doesn’t allow them to be re-homed are often retained as nannies for younger horses and cared for until the end of their lives.
Arrowfield Stud is delighted to sponsor the 2019 Scone Horse Festival and promote the discovery of thoroughbreds as wonderful horses for many lives & worlds beyond racing.
Arrowfield-bred horse, Pages River (Falbrav-Amaranth) is owned by Corrie Potter in Victoria where he has a wonderful life, now known as Snoopy, doing everything from trail riding & stockmen’s challenges, to barrel racing, show-jumping, dressage and stints with Riding for Disabled (RDA).
Photos: Arrowfield-bred horse, Pages River (Falbrav-Amaranth) is owned by Corrie Potter in Victoria where he has a wonderful life, now known as Snoopy, doing everything from trail riding & stockmen’s challenges, to barrel racing, show-jumping, dressage and stints with Riding for Disabled (RDA).
If you would like to find out more about the opportunities in owning a thoroughbred, click on this link to explore the work of Team Thoroughbred NSW https://teamthoroughbred.com.au.