Eager to please horses, enthusiastic volunteers, and a little bit of luck from the heavens provided a recipe for success at Canterbury in an effort to raise funds and educate people on the importance of racehorse rehabilitation

While the last few days of summer felt more like typical Autumn weather, nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd who turned up to watch retired racehorses being put through their paces.

The NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust (TRT) hosted a demonstration day on Sunday 24th February to showcase the wonderful work being conducted with the retired racehorses, as well as to parade some of the talented horses nearing the end of their rehabilitation.

Despite the wild weekend of weather in Sydney, the sun decided to shine down on Canterbury racecourse while Thoroughbred Retraining Manager Scott Brodie ran through the various stages of the retraining process with 3 of his willing horses in front of a crowd of over 100.

Brand new arrival Flying Zappa was the first horse to brave the audience. The gelding was new to the program and had not yet commenced his training, a privilege that Brodie had saved for the demonstration. After acclimatising to the enthusiastic crowd, and the cameras fixed on him, Flying Zappa took no time at all to accept Brodie’s commands and begin his retraining process.

Limitless was next on show and was incredibly well behaved for a 3 year old. The final equine to grace the arena was the beautiful chestnut gelding Nightofthegeneral. Rider and horse held the audience captive while Scott demonstrated Nightofthegeneral’s new talent as a fully retrained thoroughbred ready for re-homing.

Nightofthegeneral was by no means a ‘slow’ racehorse. He won 3 city races early on in his career, and won a total of $143,450 in prizemoney over 4 years in racing. The Gelding must have put on his best performance at the demonstration as he was rehomed that very day to Jodi from Tamworth to fulfil a new career as an eventer.

Being able to showcase the purpose of the program and demonstrate the eagerness shown by thoroughbreds to learn more was encouraging for all who attended. The crowd was a great mixture of potential purchasers, previous racehorse owners, and the general population wanting to see just what the Rehabilitation Program is all about.

Don’t worry if you missed out on our first Demonstration Day, we will be holding more throughout the year at various locations. Stay tuned for more.