Tough guys don’t fight. a salute to Jockey’s

 

I have just google searched “fighting jockeys” I needed a photo for a blog I am writing. I expected to find a plethora of photos of little men in their silks punching the tripe out of each other in the jockey’s enclosure.In this day of social media everyone has a camera, you can’t have a disagreement in a pub with out going viral, every bully at school is rightfully exposed all over the web, arguments in the traffic make the evening news, so in the jockeys enclosure with over a hundred years of cameras all over them and hundreds of race meetings around the world every day, these adrenaline filled little packets of testosterone would surely produce some fiery moments of madness after some imbecile, cuts them off on a run costing millions to the owner or clips the heels of their horse potentially causing them and their horse serious injury. Just the moment of the contest is enough to make footballers or even cyclists, politicians for that matter, strike out in anger sometimes costing themselves thousands of dollars in fines and damaging reputations.

So now to select my crazy wrestling jockeys. “One incident!! Photos of one incident!!”
What an incredibly disciplined bunch of men. Millions of potential issues, no doubt, multimillions of opportunities to catch it when it does happen. Anyone who has been in any highly charged competitive environment must surely salute to this magnificent example of respect and control, Where else in this day and age is such chivalry exhibited. A credit to these knights of the racing industry. I certainly won’t be posting any photos of jockeys fighting.

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1st rate horse welfare man gets 2nd

So bill Adam one of our trainers received the honour of being named runner up in the Gadolphin Darley national stud and stable hand awards for “thoroughbred care and welfare”.Bill has been with the Thorougbred rehabilitation trust since it started 4 years ago he has personally had a part in every horse that has entered the program, around 300. Bill has become an expert at starting horse off the track, his anatlitacal ability has been a very important element in our re training program. Bill has become a great mentor for volunteers and staff alike now taking on responsibility of training trainers.

Bill has been a great partner in this journey his loyalty is beyond question, if I asked him to drive from Sydney to Muswellbrook in the middle of the night I have no doubt he would do it, there is no limit to his commitment to the cause.

All I can say is, the girl that won the award must be exceptional, if she is doing more for horse welfare than my good friend Bill Adam, we need more like her.image

Finglish v portuginglish

If you read my last post , “horses with accents ” you should get a  giggle out of this.

Miguel tavora is an outstanding man and horseman he is rcognised internationally for his brilliance as a master of classical riding . He has recently produced a long awaited book, the English version will be available early next year.

Horseman, tough guys and Christians, walking the walk.

Isn’t interesting ? how often people who are not particularly good or effective at what they want to tell us all how good they are?

It drives me crazy how many horse people want to give advice when they really aren’t qualified to do so, I’ve had my advise on things, that have kept me up all night in consideration with 30 years of professional horsemanship behind me, overlooked for some one who has only ever had the one horse or had one when they were a kid or had an uncle who trained race horses, with some spur of the moment comment . It’s always that noisy wheel that seems to get listened to, worse though, we all seem to know it and still get sucked into it.

I’ve grow up in some tough environments I was a cop for 12 years, I’ve been working with prisoners for the last 4, I’ve played professional rugby league for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, I was world police heavyweight boxing champion, I’ve rowed surf boats in massive surf, surf lifesavers regularly put their lives on the line for people in the surf and don’t expect anything in return. I’ve met some tough guys. It’s always struck me that the toughest guys are the ones that don’t tell you how tough they are. That quite unpretentious redhead, always polite and friendly, don’t mess with him, the loudmouth with the fast haircut, tattoos and the big muscles, he’s not the one to worry about.

This might be a bit controversial, I was bought up a catholic, went to catholic school did all the church stuff and I think I learnt some good moral lessons and respect for others. Recently I have been involved with canna farm at orchard hills Canna has Christian origins, it was started by a priest who used to feed homeless people,now they cater for people who have for various reasons been marginalised from society, refugees,homeless people,long term unemployed former prison inmates and drug addicts no one is judged. Now I’ve been to canna,where we now spell horses, maybe 50 times and no one has ever tried to preach to me or tell me why they do what they do, they just do it, there is no holier than thou attitude they just do good Christian stuff for people who need it. While I was there two guys worked their buts of in temperatures of 45degrees to make our horse float safer for the horses to travel on. When they finished they just walked away, no standing around looking for accolades, waiting to be told what a great job they had done, they just wanted to help . I’m uncomfortable these days with all the pomp and ceremony that surrounds traditional religion people like those at Cana are the truly tough guys of the Christian world.

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Cana farm walking the walk

It’s interesting isn’t it ? that in most aspects of life those who are good at what they do don’t need to tell you how good they are. They just get on with it.

End of an era

 

image image image image image imageWith a great deal of sadness I picked up the last two horses from our spelling facility at Glenourie this morning. The Pascoe family most notably Francesca have been awesome supporters of the TRT for three years or so now, giving us a home during the autumn carnival when we had to move out of our facility to make space for the quarantine centre, allowing us to short term spell our horses in work in a safe healthy environment. Francesca a very good horse women, has fed, watered, vetted and kept an eye on our precious charges as though they were her own. All at no cost to the TRT
The facility will be sorely missed as will Francesca and her family .
We shared some lovely cups of tea with her mum and on occasion too many glasses of wine with Fran and her brother Richard. Particularly when they tended to me after I had the end of my finger chopped off in a riding accident, they ferried me to and from the hospital and helped me through my pain with plenty of red.
Thanks so much to the Pascoe’s particularly Fran, one of the most active and involved volunteers of the TRT.

Don’t miss “horses from courses” Scott Brodie clinic Canberra equestrian centre 15 Nov 2015

Horses from courses
With Scott Brodie manager NSW thoroughbred rehab trust. Author of “Horses from Courses”.Re training ex racehorses Canberra Equestrian Centre 15th November 2015

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Photos Eddie furlong

Scott Brodie author of” Horses from courses “is Manager of the Racing NSW Thoroughbred Retraining Program. A NSW Mounted Police horse trainer and classically trained rider, Scott has a has a generously empathetic philosophy to handling horses and a unique spin on the retraining of retired racehorses. Utilising a surprisingly smooth synergy of natural horsemanship and the practical application of classical dressage, Scott’s systematic approach to this often difficult and dangerous endeavour ensures the smoothest and fairest transition for the horse from racing machine to a pleasurable riding partner.
9am clinic and fence sitting for the day $25 per head pay on the day.
45 minute private training sessions $100 includes fence sitting and clinic, bookings essential.
Scott.brodie@optusnet.com.au

LIMITED SPACES STILLL AVAILABE. Horses from courses, Scott Brodie clinic Canberra equestrian centre 15 Nov 2015

“LIMITED SPACES STILL AVAILABE ”

Horses from courses
With Scott Brodie manager NSW thoroughbred rehab trust. Author of “Horses from Courses”.Re training ex racehorses Canberra Equestrian Centre 15th November 2015

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Photos Eddie furlong

Scott Brodie author of” Horses from courses “is Manager of the Racing NSW Thoroughbred Retraining Program. A NSW Mounted Police horse trainer and classically trained rider, Scott has a has a generously empathetic philosophy to handling horses and a unique spin on the retraining of retired racehorses. Utilising a surprisingly smooth synergy of natural horsemanship and the practical application of classical dressage, Scott’s systematic approach to this often difficult and dangerous endeavour ensures the smoothest and fairest transition for the horse from racing machine to a pleasurable riding partner.
9am clinic and fence sitting for the day $25 per head pay on the day.
45 minute private training sessions $100 includes fence sitting and clinic, bookings essential.
Scott.brodie@optusnet.com.au