Former racehorses find new home at Collie Horsepower

Stuart McguckinSouth Western Times
Racing and Wagering WA’s Kate Bishop tested the Collie Horsepower adventure trail with Horsepower coach Sheryl Standrin on Shilling and Horsepower assistant coach Joe Foster on Sports Man.
Camera IconRacing and Wagering WA’s Kate Bishop tested the Collie Horsepower adventure trail with Horsepower coach Sheryl Standrin on Shilling and Horsepower assistant coach Joe Foster on Sports Man. Credit: Stuart McGuckin

Two former racehorses have been given a new home at Horsepower Collie as part of Racing and Wagering WA’s Off the Track program.

Sports Man and Shilling were recognised early for their temperaments which meant that on recently retiring they were recommended for the program which sees suitable horses retrained for a career after racing.

Horsepower Collie co-ordinator Jo Williams said the centre had now received four horses through the program.

She said Shilling had quickly become a favourite at the centre.

“We loved Shilling from the moment he arrived, he is a kind and gentle horse,” Ms Williams said.

“The fact he also possesses good looks, lovely movement and a superb temperament are all added bonuses, we can’t imagine our centre without him.”

Special training is required to allow the horses to be used at Horsepower centres where riders with disabilities are assisted to enjoy safe and fun therapeutic recreational riding.

Racing and Wagering chief executive officer Richard Burt said he was highly supportive of the work done by Horsepower centres like the one in Collie.

“Retired thoroughbred and standardbred racehorses can adapt very well to alternative equestrian activities,” he said.

“They are versatile and respond well to retraining and re-educating, enriching the lives of individuals with diverse abilities.”

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