Life After Racing

The Thoroughbred is a versatile breed that is designed to succeed on the racetrack but also thrives in the many roles they find themselves in following their racing career. From stockhorse to nanny and all the competition horses in between, this page is dedicated to the thoroughbreds who are the perfect advertisement for why people should consider an off the track thoroughbred for their next equine friend.

If you have, or know of, a thoroughbred you would like included please email their details and photos to maddy@nzthoroughbred.co.nz 

This page is updated weekly.

Leica Guv aka Guv

1998 B Gelding - Brands: WV conjoined | 50 over 8
Breeding: by Deputy Governor out of Leica or Not 
Breeder: R A Scarborough
Nominated by: Emma-Lee Browne
Race Record: 10 wins, 7 placings from 43 starts. 1st Gr.1 New Zealand Derby, Gr.2 Great Northern Guineas, Gr.2 Avondale Guineas, Gr.2 Counties Cup. Champion 3YO in NZ in 2001-02. Top of The 2001-02 NZ 3YO Free H.
Current Role: Nanny for David and Emma-lee Browne

Leica Guv, or Guv as he is fondly known, won the 2001 Gr.1 New Zealand Derby. Following his retirement from racing, Leica Guv stayed with trainers David and Emma-Lee Browne. He is an amazing nanny for their spelling horses that need company and is been a very special part of their family. He is now 23 years old but loves his life at the farm and still looks fabulous. He is pictured eating his breakfast in October 2021.

Red Oasis aka Big Red

1998 Chestnut Gelding - Brands: Reverse Z | 30 over 8
Breeding: by Straight Strike out of Bronze Pearl  
Breeder: L Williams
Nominated by: Angela Broadbent
Race Record: Unplaced
Current Role: Loved family member and instagram star

Rising 24 year-old Rising Red is looking very much the magnificent equine that he is - bold, strong, handsome and very much apart of Angela's every day life. Big Red joined Angela when he was a 9YO and they have competed in eventing, show jumping, dressage, A & P shows and ribbon days.

In 2013 Angela decided to bake him some tasty wholesome treats and before she knew it Big Red was a household name in the equine industry with Big Red's Stable Snacks and has over 10,000 followers on Facebook & Instagram. Angela said he still melts her heart every single day she looks at him. He is her once upon a time racehorse.

Mr Wiz aka Rick

2009 B Gelding - Brands: LAS conjoined | 26 over 9
Breeding: by Remind out of Ms Tiz 
Breeder: A J Stent
Nominated by: Debbie Clark
Race Record: 1 win, 9 placings from 36 starts
Current Role: Stable pony at Andrew Carston's Riccarton Stable

Mr Wiz (Rick) was born at Long Acres Stud and was one of those horses that always tried hard during his racing career. When Rick was retired Andrew Carston asked the owners if he could keep him as a stable pony and to this day, at 12 years old, he is still working at the stables for Andrew and his team. Rick is a much loved employee who takes his job seriously, he works with young ones, older horses and is occasionally used by others at Riccarton.

Pedro aka Sid

2013 Bay Gelding - Brands: L over arc | 8 over 3
Breeding: by Commands out of Madam of the Manor  
Breeder: B J & Mrs J E A Lindsay
Nominated by: Aby West
Race Record: Unplaced
Current Role: Rodeo horse and much loved member of the family

Aby rode Sid during trackwork back in 2016 in the North Island before he was transferred to the South Island. Aby moved home to Canterbury in 2017 and finally got to bring Sid home January 2019. She and Sid travel around the South Island competing on the rodeo circuit and he loves it. He is their family horse who definitely knows he's the favorite, Aby's three-year-old daughter rides him in the local barrel racing events and she won her first ribbon with him. Aby said he was most definitely worth waiting for and she couldn't imagine life without him in it.

 

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