Menangle Annual Ag Show 2017

Diamond Park Khaleesi


The Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track series is to promote Standardbred’s as Pleasure Horses upon their retirement from their traditional role of Harness Racing. This is the first series of its kind run in New South Wales and focuses on the transition made from Harness Racing into show horse for Standardbred’s.

We are proud to showcase the Champion and Reserve Champion in the fifth qualifying class for the series.

Thank you Harness Racing New South Wales with your support to the SPPHA NSW in showcasing the Standardbreds in Life After Racing.


Menangle Annual Ag Show witnessed a number of beautifully presented Standardbred’s in the fifth Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Qualifying Class.

Congratulations to all competitors!

Pictured is our Champion to qualify for the grand final from the Menangle Annual Ag Show 2017, Diamond Park Khaleesi & Aimee Mannix


Diamond Park Khaleesi

Pictured is our fifth Reserve Champion to qualify for the grand final from the Menangle Annual Ag Show 2017, Royal Termite & Rozzie Bourke

Congratulations on your success ladies!

Royal Termite


Thank you Harness Racing New South for your support in Life After Racing and our first Off The Track series for New South Wales

Thank you to Maxisoy for supporting the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track series with SPPHA NSW

Thank you to Tyre Designs for the beautiful trophy rugs for the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series

Member Showcase: Amy Walpole


Recently joining SPPHA, I am still learning what this great club is all about and all that they have to offer but it’s so great to see a group of devoted individuals providing, enabling and advocating a life after racing and also loving homes for Standardbreds across the board and it’s through this group that I found my next project pony and much loved fur baby.

I really do believe horses and humans have a way of finding their way to each other without much cause or intent. ‘What is meant to be will be’… This is exactly the case for both Timmy and myself as in all honesty, prior to knowing about him I wasn’t even thinking about adding to the family in any way or form but yet here we are.

Having been married in March this year, you tend to get asked the question quite frequently ‘so when is the baby coming along’? Thankfully my husband and I are on the completely same page where starting a family of our own is still far away on the horizon yet, which means we can focus on expanding other areas of our life such as our fur babies. It all began with harmlessly scrolling through Facebook (as you do) and an advertisement for a quiet, compact and cute black Standardbred graced my phone screen. It’s hard to describe but looking back on that distinctive moment it was something about his Black Beauty (soft eyes) look alike face that caught my attention and prompted me to ask the question ‘could we?’. Through the motions of discussing the possibility with my husband, close friend Ingrid (SPPHA President), Amanda (SPPHA rehoming contact) and of course Alison (Timmy’s previous owner), it was starting to look quite likely that Timmy and I were meant for each other.

For a young horse that had not done much prior to ending his racing career, I was quite surprised to see how quiet and comfortable Timmy was particularly around strangers who he had never met before. He was definitely cheeky and had a mischievous glimmer in his eye but also had this beautiful nature inside and out. After spending time with him, I started visualising our life together and thought it could really work so the decision was made, he loaded on the float without much reservation and such began the journey to his new home.

I hadn’t really told Chester (my beloved older TB gelding) that he was getting a younger brother that day, so if I could have captioned his facial expressions it would have read something like ‘that thing isn’t staying here permanently is he???’. But despite a few races around the paddock, they settled into life together rather well.

It is your typical big brother v little brother dynamics though and so cute to see Timmy absolutely doting on Chester and in return I think Chester has a really soft spot for him because whenever Timmy is taken away he does call out to him, which is rare. My vision for Timmy is for him to become my all-rounder of a horse, and we not be restricted in any way or form in what we want to do. So far we have been able to attend a local hacking show and managed to place in every class we entered, plus he handled the competition environment like a pro as well as our first trail ride (and third ride overall) – which I should note he is still not broken in to saddle, just harness from his racing days. There really is a lot to be said about Standardbreds, such undervalued breeds that have so much to offer and give.

Everything that I have thrown his way he has taken completely on board and his ability to cope, learn and mentality to please never ceases to amaze me. Timmy is a very intelligent, young and quirky Standardbred and I thank my lucky stars every day that we came to find each other. I cannot believe how far Timmy and my partnership has grown in the short time we have come to know each other and begun this journey and I am very excited to see what else we can achieve together. Timmy has the biggest heart and I absolutely adore him.

A huge thank you to Ingrid for your support and counsel throughout the whole process, Amanda for ‘matchmaking’ us perfectly and of course Alison for entrusting me with your special boy. I look forward to becoming more involved with SPPHA, meeting fellow members through competitions or events and further supporting in general life after racing for Standardbred’s because what a great cause it is.



Recap: SPPHA NSW Training Day September

The Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association of New South Wales and Harness Racing New South Wales, hosted the first training day for SPPHA NSW members on Saturday 16th September.

We would like to thank Belinda from Suntori Park for hosting our training day at your beautiful property, it was an absolute treat riding in your magnificent arena. Not to mention Kate Taylor-Wheat from KTW Dressage for your coaching, it was an inspirational and motivational day for all riders.

The training day commenced with beautiful spring morning back dropped behind the arena. It was an intimate day with four riders, first up was Ingrid and Arniwho. Who is currently competing Novice dressage and who are sponsored by SPPHA NSW.

Arniwho Training Day

Our second rider of the day was Anniejayn with her big beautiful boy Royal Remington, Anniejayn and Royal Remington were recently awarded Champion in the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series at Penrith Annual Ag Show.  Remi has also been one of the successful horses to go through the SPPHA NSW Horse Placement Program.

Royal Remington

Our third rider for the day was Kate riding Amanda’s lovely mare Diamond Park Khaleesi, who was SPPHA NSW entry in the National High Point Competition. Diamond Park Khaleesi was awarded OVERALL Senior Led Mare Champion and OVERALL Senior Ridden Mare Champion.

Our fourth and final rider for the SPPHA NSW Training day with Kate Taylor-Wheat was Megan riding her sweet mare Mischief Managed.  Who were recently awarded Champion Ridden Standardbred at St Ives Winter Show. And who were both very colour coordinated for the training day!

Mischief Managed

All the riders had a great lesson, it was fantastic opportunity to have Kate for our SPPHA NSW Training day.

Kate is an accredited EA NCAS Coach who regularly coaches Beginners to Grand Prix riders, there was no part of the lesson that was left unexplained.  It was amazing to witness the improvement throughout the riders during the day – and who might have been a little tired the next day!

Looking forward to seeing each of the riders achievements this coming season.

Suntori park


Announcement: New South Wales State Championships 2018 Program

The Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association of New South Wales and Harness Racing New South Wales are proud to present

New South Wales State Championships 2018


This is the first State Championships in New South Wales for Standardbred’s! We are proudly hosting our first State Championships at Tamworth Showground on Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th March 2018.

With a variety of classes on offer, there truly is something for everyone. Show harness, racing harness turnout, best presented, multiple led classes, handler classes, multiple ridden classes, rider classes and much, much more!

The program is now available and can be downloaded by clicking here. ** Amended program V2 – 20/9/17**

With MANY prizes on offer over the weekend, this is not an event to be missed! The Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association of New South Wales are privileged to be running the first State Championships along side Harness Racing New South Wales in our joint venture to promote Life After Racing. Because they’re not just for racing!

Proudly showcasing our feature event on Sunday 18th March 2018 at lunch time, the GRAND FINAL of the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series! If you have not secured your spot for this series, there is still time! Please check the Off The Track Series page for all details including upcoming qualifying classes at a show near you!

Early bird entries are open until the 16th February 2018, any entry received after this date (including on the day of the show) will occur a $2 late entry fee per class. All entries received before the 16th February will go into the draw to win a bag of feed! Proudly donated by Conqueror Milling Company.

There will be a social BBQ on the Saturday evening, meals are FREE for all SPPHA NSW members attending the State Championships! (if you are not a member, now is the time to join- click here. Your membership will run until the end of this financial year! Not to mention class discounts!)

We look forward to seeing beautiful Standardbred’s from across New South Wales and even Standardbred’s from over the boarder!

ENTRY FORMS will be available from the 1st October 2017. Keep an eye out on our State Championships Page here

In the meantime any questions can be sent to SPPHA NSW State Championships Sub Committee at: 


Annual Awards Night 2017

The Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association of New South Wales proudly presents 

Annual Awards Night 2017

The Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association of New South Wales invites all members, family and friends to come along and celebrate the achievements with our members in life after racing.

We will be showcasing the achievements from our members from:




Awards on offer can be viewed here

WHEN: 6 pmSaturday 30th September

WHERE: Penrith Paceway, Ground Floor

DRESS: Smart Casual

RSVP: By Friday 15th September


Please RSVP to: 

National High Point 2016-2017 Results

Congratulations everyone who participated in the National High Point Competition for the 2016-2017 season!

The SPPHA NSW are pleased to announce the following SPPHA NSW Members with their achievements.

Gelding Senior Led Section

2nd Overall Led Senior Gelding

Atomic Soky with Sal Scott

4th Overall Led Senior Gelding

Chariot King with Debbie Holt

Gelding Senior Ridden Section

3rd Overall Ridden Senior Gelding

Chariot King with Debbie Holt

5th Overall Ridden Senior Gelding

Rainbow Thunder with Caroline Mumford

Mare Senior Led Section

1st Overall Led Mare Senior

Diamond Park Khaleesi with Amanda Triandopoulos

Mare Senior Ridden Section

1st Overall Ridden Mare Senior

Diamond Park Khaleesi with Amanda Triandopoulos





Full Results can be downloaded HERE