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Penrith Annual Ag Show 2017

Royal Remington Champion

SPPHA NSW PROUDLY PRESENTS THE HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES OFF THE TRACK SERIES FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON.

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 fourth 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.

PENRITH ANNUAL AG SHOW 2017

Penrith Annual Ag Show witnessed a number of beautifully presented Standardbred’s in the fourth 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 Penrith Annual Ag Show 2017, Royal Remington ridden by Anniejayn Caville.

Royal Remington Champion

Pictured is our fourth Reserve Champion to qualify for the grand final from the Penrith Annual Ag Show 2017,Adios Shannon ridden by Heleena Bamford.

Congratulations on your success ladies!

Adios Shannon Runner Up

 

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

Quirindi Annual Ag Show 2017

SPPHA NSW PROUDLY PRESENTS THE HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES OFF THE TRACK SERIES FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON.

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 in the third 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.

QUIRINDI ANNUAL AG SHOW 2017

Qurindi Annual Ag Show witnessed a number of beautifully presented Standardbreds in the third 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 Quirindi Annual Ag Show 2017, DeRosa Park Diva, ridden by Jemma Green and owned by Candice Wilkins

 

DeRosa Park Diva ridden by Jemma Green and owned by Candice Wilkins

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

Announcement: Canberra Royal 2018

It is with great pleasure to announce the addition of Standardbred classes at the  Canberra Royal 2018 Show.

Thank you to the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society for accepting the Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association of New South Wales proposal to include the breed.

Canberra Royal 2018 will be on the 23rd-25th February 2018, please take note and save the date.

This is an exciting time for Standardbred owners in New South Wales classes will be finalised shortly with the schedule being released 1st September 2017.

The Standardbred program will include a Led, Ridden and Harness section.

Details of the event will be posted on the SPPHA NSW website and social media.

Canberra Royal details can be found on their website here: http://www.canberrashow.org.au/horse  

 

National High Point 2017-2018

Nominations are now open for the National High Point competition for the 2017-2018 season.

Each participating state association has nominated 4 shows that offer led and ridden classes that lead to a Supreme Led Standardbred Exhibit sash presentation and a Ridden Champion Standardbred sash presentations.

The following shows will be SPPHA NSW National High Point Shows

• Penrith Show 27th August 2017 (Penrith Showground)

• Cootamundra Show 21st October 2017 (Cootamundra Showground )

• Luddenham Show 17thth February 2018 ( Luddenham Showground )

• Hawkesbury Show  21st April 2018  (Hawkesbury Showground, Clarendon)

 

Entry fees are $20 per section (Led and Ridden).

Forms can be downloaded HERE, ALL nominations MUST BE returned to SPPHA NSW by 20th August 2017.

You can email the completed forms to: competitions@standardbred.org.au

SPPHA NSW Committee: Welcome New Committee for 2017-2018

Thank you to all who attended the SPPHA NSW AGM on Saturday 29th July 2017 at Richmond Gold Club.

We warmly welcome the following SPPHA NSW Committee Members:

President  ………..  Ingrid Darlington

Vice-President  … Amanda Triandopoulos (Horse Placement, Horse Registrar)

Treasurer  …………  Sharon Lambert

Secretary  ………… Nicholas Triandopoulos

General  ……………  Sarah Solomona

General  ……………  Glenda Shearer (Membership)

General  ……………  Susan Parkinson (Merchandise)

General  ……………  Ann Tapp

General  ……………  Debra Holt

General  ……………  Leanne Carter

General  ……………  Sarah Harvey (Horse Placement)

General  ……………  Jennifer McClean

We look forward to working together to promote the Standardbred in 2017 and 2018.

 

Please update your SPPHA NSW Contact details to the following:

Secretary:                   secretary@standardbred.org.au

Competitions:          competitions@standardbred.org.au

Horse Registrar:     registrar@standardbred.org.au

Memberships:         membership@standardbred.org.au

Horse Placement: horseplacement@standardbred.org.au

Merchandise:          merchandise@standardbred.org.au

Events:                        events@standardbred.org.au

General:                     spphansw@standardbred.org.au

 

Postal Address: PO BOX 171 Kurrajong, NSW 2758

Phone: 0414 963 471 (General Inquiries)

Phone: 0499 713 103(Horse Placement)

Member Showcase: Jemma Green

Here is Jemma Green’s story of DeRosa Park Diva owned by Candice Wilkins

Jemma Green of 18/24 Equine  has been successfully campaigning DeRosa Park Diva who is owned by Candice Wilkins. DeRosa Park Diva (race name Majestic Dreamer) has had a successful career to date in both Standardbred classes but also success in the Open Show Hunter Galloway classes competing against mixed breeds of top show animals.

Callie being a show horse has been retained with this in mind, after retraining many off the track Thoroughbreds and loving every minute of being able to give an ex racehorse a second chance at life after racing. I wanted to broaden my horizons and work with the Standardbred and prove that they are not only just good for one thing, which I have been able to show with Candice’s beautiful mare.

What I love about Callie is firstly her temperament, is second to none, they are a lovely breed of horse to work with and are very smart. They put 110% effort into whatever you are asking them to do, even on those days when they may be confused they are just so willing and easy to work with.

 

Committee Spotlight: Amanda Triandopoulos

I was brought up around horses , started riding at 3 years of age . All through school I attended Pony Club and started competing in eventing as a teenager.

My son and daughter where both riding from a very young age like I was and as a family we competed around New South Wales. In 1994 while competing at Berrima I had a nasty rotational fall that took the life of my beloved TB and put me in hospital for 6 months where I physically had to learn to walk again. Once better I had a short break from horses for awhile and when I came back into it I found my first Standardbred through the SPPHA NSW called Diamond River.

In 2015 we bought our property in Kurrajong and then we established Diamond Park Standardbreds. We have a Show team of 4 horses that we have successfully shown for many Champion and Supreme titles around NSW. I joined the SPPHA NSW committee in 2015 wanting to assist with getting this amazing breed out there and meeting others who share the passion.
I’m excited with where we are heading with the SPPHA NSW , with  our current Harness Racing Off The Track Series and our first ever State Titles to be held in Tamworth next year . Looking forward to seeing more of our members at these events .

Committee Spotlight: Sarah Solomona

I’ve had a passion for horses since my dad bought me my first horse at the sales when I was 12. Nobody in my family had any idea about horses but this old stock horse taught me all i needed to know…like don’t ride under railway overpasses when a train is going overhead and if you take a corner too fast when riding bareback in the rain you’re likely to come off!!
When I was 18 my first Standardbred arrived and I’ve had one ever since!
My working career involved event coordinator at Sydney airport as hostess for visiting dignitaries/diplomats then moving into the sales and marketing team for Hamilton island for 4 years. In between was a great deal of overseas travel to Europe, India and Africa where horses and riding in very different climates enriched my horse knowledge immensely.
After a few years of marriage we wanted to start a family so I knew this would be my last chance to immerse myself in horses so I left the corporate world to work as a track rider for Tim Martin and then after a few months moved over to working for Chris Waller at Rosehill. The experiences of trucking and floating and racing horses all over New South Wales gave me a very up and close insight into the life of a racing horse.
When I was 20 weeks pregnant with my first child I left and have been a stay at home mum since, with part time work in my own Nutrimetics business.
My association with SPPHA started 10 years ago when I was looking for a new standardbred and wanted the challenge of breaking a horse in to being totally traffic proof and obedient but with spirit to enjoying jumping and a good gallop and with that indefinable quality we call ” Presence…! ”

William Beech donated by the wonderful John and Ann Tapp became my perfect horse!! Quiet as a lamb on the roads in Westmead traffic and high rise construction, willing to have 200 school children surrounding him and then to be dancing on the spot in excitement for a chance to gallop up the hill!

So, after 10 yrs of commitment to the SPPHA I’ve definitely brought dedication and I also bring a strong sales and events background but most of all I bring passion for this wonderful breed and what we can do to help them find homes after racing!
If you’re ever in Parramatta and see a big bay standardbred with a blonde rider its going to be me so yell ‘Hi William!” Or you can toot your horn… ( everyone else does)
I look forward to seeing you at our Trivia night on June 23rd…Please come and introduce yourself as I love hearing everyone’s Standardbred stories!

Member Showcase: Heleena Bamford

Here is Heleena’s story with her beautiful Standardbreds. 

I have wanted a horse ever since I can remember. I spent my early years trying to persuade my parents that a suburban backyard was definitely big enough for a Shetland pony! But my family was non-horsey, so apart from a few holiday trail rides each year, I was limited to movies and magazines. Then school, university, work and life generally got in the way. But the itch to own a horse never went away. So my 33rd birthday present to myself was riding lessons, then lots of trail rides. After a few years I was ready for my own horse. I had my eye on one in particular!

I had met a lady who re-trained and rehomed retired pacers – my friends and I had regularly taken her horses out trail riding. I came to love the breed during that time. One brown Standardbred mare called Indie was my favourite. Her HRA name is Apache Cam and she was no good as a race horse with 3 races under her belt, no placings. Indie had come back to be rehomed as her owner of a few years was moving overseas. I had spent many hours on the trail with Indie and adored her.
So Indie became my first ever horse and my horse of many firsts – not in ribbons (though she did get a few of those), but in the many experiences she introduced me to and lessons she taught me. She was the horse I learnt to float, she took me to my first clinic, helped me learn to plait a mane (not impressed!), was the first horse I took to a show and yes the first horse I won ribbons with.

She also taught me how to be a better rider and trainer. Unexpectedly, although she had many trail hours behind her, once I took her into an arena she became flustered easily. Everything was back to pacing, ambling etc – so it was another whole new learning experience for me to accustom her to arena work, and basically re-learn trot and canter there. She was also very spooky, with a big shy on her, so I had to learn to deal with that too. We got there in the end and she became a lovely riding horse. Two of my most awesome riding experiences have been with Indie’s dressage training – the first time I got a horse to work in a frame with light contact – and the first time I experienced the power and grace of a horse that had true self-carriage. The most amazing feeling. And all this from a horse who I was told early on that I would never even get to work in a frame!

I showed her under her race name of Apache Cam and her first show was amazing – Bungendore Show. She did well in led classes, but excelled in the ridden, winning novice ridden and taking out Champion Ridden Standardbred against a few open Standardbreds!  Indie was doing well in the show ring and ended up with 2013 SPPHA NSW equal 4th High Score for Best Ridden Standardbred.

I couldn’t have received news of this prize at a better time. Towards the end of 2013, I had developed a back/neck condition. I was in a lot of pain and had several months off work and riding. Chronic pain is hard to deal with and depression and other mental health issues are a common side effect. I had my husband and dogs to keep me company inside, but I am glad I had Indie too – she was often the reason to get out of bed and out of the house into the sunshine. When I got the news of our award, I wasn’t sure if I could return to riding. It would be a hard road back and I had a lot of physical rehabilitation. I would have to re-learn how to ride again as my body no longer functioned the same way – some things would work one day, but not the next. The prize reminded me how much I had enjoyed riding and showing Indie and the Standardbred people I had met. It made me all the more determined to get back to riding. (So thanks to all the volunteers who have/do run the SPPHA – you make a huge difference, not only to the lives of these horses but also to lots of people!)

And as Murphy’s law would have it, when I was starting to get back into riding, Indie started to have soundness issues. Tried many things to help her but no joy. Eventually arthritis was diagnosed in both hocks – partial joint fusion causing her soreness in her back and elsewhere. A long lay-off was on the cards and an uncertain prognosis as a riding horse. It was a condition that might fix itself over time but also no guarantee.

I decided to get another young standardbred to start working while Indie (hopefully) recovered. I had come across a Standardbred re-trainer based at Narooma – Phil and Sophia May of Southern NSW Standardbreds. I contacted them asking if they had a horse that might suit. They had the perfect horse – Ellie (HRA name Adios Shannon), a lovely young Four Starzz Shark mare. She is a blingy chestnut with a lovely white blaze and 3 white socks – gorgeous! Even more impressive though was her movement – huge potential for showing and dressage. Ellie had never made it to racing – having had a serious hoof injury at one point. But I was lucky her owners cared enough to send her to Phil and Sophia.

So I have been prepping Ellie for showing. It was a slow start – she was sidelined for a few months last year with a persistent hoof abscess from the wet wet winter. Our first show was in January this year at Bowral where came away with Supreme Standardbred! Most impressive though was her temperament for her first time out – actually had a snooze on the sidelines while we were waiting to go into the show ring. Couldn’t have asked for better! I have huge hopes for her this coming show season – I hope to compete in the Harness Racing Off The Track Series and get out to as many shows as we can. Fingers crossed, I’d like to be competing in open classes by 2018 (or sooner!). I also hope to get to some dressage competitions as well – that is my ultimate goal with Ellie, to take her as far up the dressage grades as we can. But she is so lovely, that I feel she needs to have a good crack at a show career as well! And meanwhile, Indie has been enjoying paddock ornament status.

I was lucky during my time with Indie that I started up with my dressage instructor extraordinaire, Angela Bennett of ALBEquestrian. Angela has helped me tremendously with Indie and Ellie, taught me so much about riding and is a well of enthusiasm. She has been so supportive of my passion for dressage and for Standardbreds – for which I am eternally grateful!

And I have just adopted my first horse from the SPPHA – who some of you might remember. He is Bohdi – a gorgeous young Standardbred with big movement who is also another Four Starzz Shark horse – really loving this line as potential performance horses.  I plan to bring him on slowly over the next year and I am hoping that he will enjoy a dressage career. Although I am sure we will also get out to a few shows along the way! Thanks Sam for entrusting him to me and to Amanda & the SPPHA for arranging his adoption.