Committee Spotlight: Ingrid Darlington

Each month we will showcase one of our committee members in our newsletter.
A chance for our SPPHA NSW members to know more about the faces behind the association!

Our first committee member to showcase:

Ingrid Darlington
Ingrid is the current President of SPPHA NSW, joining the committee back in 2015.
Having grown up with horses being a rider for a top show stable at a younger age and also her family being involved with Standardbreds from breeding, training and driving over the years.
Ingrid is currently enjoying the dressage training and competing with her horse Arniwho, who she has brought up under saddle over the last few years. Arnie has developed into a beautiful dressage horse who is currently at EA Novice level.

Pair pictured here at the Kate Taylor-Wheat Dressage Clinic back in January 2017.

Member Showcase: Kayleigh Manson

We are pleased to announce one of our exciting new additions to SPPHA NSW Newsletters our member showcase.
Each month we want to showcase our members and their horses in any discipline.

This months member we want to share is Kayleigh Manson with her horse Classic Croupier.

Here is Kayleigh’s story on her horse Classic Croupier.

On the 16th of March 2016 I received a call from my farrier letting me know he had a Standardbred  for me knowing that I was looking for one.
I was told he was re-homed to people after he finished racing in February 2016 and they were not taking the best care of him.I asked my farrier if he was broken in as a riding horse as I was already looking for something started, I have 2 tiny babies and didn’t think I had the time. My farrier offered to hop on and see how he goes once he arrives.I receive a phone call couple of hours later and my farrier sounded upset  he informed me that he is emaciated and unable to get on him in his condition.
I was told if they couldn’t find him a home his future was looking rather bleak.
So, I was up next morning at 6am to go and view him.
I have never wanted to cry so much, this dirty skeleton with no light in his eyes greeted me in the stable.
Running my hands over his body all I felt was ribs and my heart broke.I can remember thinking would it be kinder to put him out of his misery or try and bring him back and I thank god I chose to give him a chance.
He was extremely head shy, scared and so untrusting.
After months of hard work, love and plenty of feed this horse has been the best thing to happen to me in a long time.
I have a very special connection with him and he will be in his forever home with me.
Racing name is Classic Croupier (Bruno)
I love standies because they always try, they are so willing to please and have the biggest hearts.
If you own a standardbred you will have a forever best friend.

They are my favorite breed and I’m lucky enough to own 2 !

50th Anniversary Miracle Mile

SPPHA NSW had the privilege to participate in the Miracle Mile on the 25th February 2017, thank you to Club Menangle and Harness Racing NSW for the opportunity to showcase some of our finest Standardbred’s to the public.

We had 11 beautiful Standardbred’s showcased for Life After Racing feature on the night.

I would like to thank ALL our members who attended and assisted for putting in 110% effort in preparing your horses for the event. It was a wonderful opportunity for SPPHA NSW.

We had horses representing their life after racing in their disciplines from dressage, endurance, ridden show horse and led show horses. It was wonderful to have all the horses together on the night.

Smoulda was led out by Chariot King / Debbie Holt & Diamond Park Khaleesi /Amanda Triandopoulos

Bling It On was led out by Arniwho / Ingrid Darlington

Our Waikiki Beach was led out by Nagnanimous/ Aimee Mannix

Salty Robin was led out by Sotiris/ Jacque Thoms

Lennytheshark was led out by Atomic Soky/Ian Wedge & Diamond Park River/Sal Scott

Lazarus was led out by Angelique Carso/Renee Dury

Yayas Hot Spot was led out by Diamond Park Grand Salute/Glenda Shearer & Rainbow Thunder/Caroline Mumford

Hectorjayjay was led out by Im Blue Double Dee/Jodie Peever


SPPHA NSW would like to thank the below for supporting us on the event

A huge THANK YOU to Club Menangle and Harness Racing NSW for inviting us to be apart of a fantastic night of racing.

Thank you to Garrards Horse & Hound for supporting SPPHA NSW and our members on the night.

Thank you to Yiribee Pacing Stud  and Brooklyn Lodge for your wonderful donations to our raffle prizes.

Thank you to the SPPHA NSW members for a wonderful night.

Thank you for the SPPHA NSW Committee for all the hard work leading up and running the night!! 


Here are a few snap shots of our beautiful horses representing the breed in life after racing!