Member Showcase: Amy Walpole

Timmy

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.

Timmy

 

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: competitions@standardbred.org.au 

 

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

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 .

Dubbo 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 and Reserve Champion in the second 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.

DUBBO ANNUAL AG SHOW 2017

Dubbo Annual Ag Show witnessed a number of beautifully presented Standardbreds in the second 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 Dubbo Annual Ag Show 2017, Miss Y & Anli Alexander 

Miss Y & Anli Alexander

Congratulations to our Reserve Champion in the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Qualifying class at Dubbo Annual Ag Show 2017 who has also qualified for the grand final.

Natasha Larson pictured right next to Miss Y & Anli Alexander

Congratulations ladies on your success !

L-R, Champion Anli Alexander with Miss Y and Natasha Larson with Seven Birdies

 

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

National High Point: Penrith Annual Ag Show 2016

Penrith Annual Ag Show kicked off the NSW National High Point for the 2016-2017 season.

Congratulations everyone!

Led Colt– n/a

Led Stallion– n/a

Led Filly

1st Diamond Park Khaleesi- Amanda Triandopolous

Champion Led Mare

Diamond Park Khaleesi

Led Gelding under 6 years

1st After Dark- Rebecca Alkozai

Led Gelding 6 & under 12 years

1st Chariot King- Debbie Holt

2nd Diamond Park Atomic Soky- Sal Scott

Led Gelding 12 years & over

1st Royal Termite- Roz Bourke

1st Ideal Standard – Namoi Benson

Champion Led Gelding

Chariot King

Reserve Champion Led Gelding

After Dark

 

Supreme Led Standardbred

Diamond Park Khaleesi

 

Beginner Ridden

1st Chariot King- Debbie Holt

Novice Ridden 

1st Ideal Standard- Naomi Benson

Open Ridden 

1st Ideal Standard- Naomi Benson

1st Royal Termite – Roz Bourke

A Grade Ridden Standardbred

1st Royal Termite- Roz Bourke

2nd Ideal Standard- Naomi Benson

Champion Ridden Standardbred

Chariot King

Reserve Champion Ridden Standardbred

Ideal Standard & Royal Termite

Youth Rider under 18

1st Ideal Standard- Naomi Benson

Adult Rider

1st Royal Termite- Roz Bourke

Pair of Standardbreds

1st Ideal Standard- Naomi Benson

1st Royal Termite- Roz Bourke