For those who work in the thoroughbred racing industry, it is not just a job. They have a deep affection for horses that compels them to choose a career working with equine athletes every day, and ensuring that their wellbeing is the top priority.
Meet one of the VRC’s newest ambassadors, Amanda Ross, already an Olympic eventing rider and champion of Off The Track thoroughbreds, as she prepares for a spot on the Australian team at the Tokyo Olympics.
The VRC recently announced that Very Special Kids will be the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s official Pin & Win charity partner for a third year. Amelia Nicholds’ family is supported by Very Special Kids and Amelia recently spent an afternoon bonding with Australian Olympian and VRC Ambassador Amanda Ross over their shared love of horses.
Since Cool God stepped away from the thrill of racing, the gelding has been enjoying a different pace of life.
Catch up on Francesca Cumani’s special relationship with her horse Purple Moon (George), Sunlight’s new career at Coolmore Stud, and Gingernuts who is living his best life in retirement in New Zealand.
We met Playmaker Lass (Gertie) and her person Holly Baird during last year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour. Hear about her career and how she is now enjoying her retirement at 23 years of age.
Emma Booth is one of the most inspiring young riders in Australia, and was recently appointed as a VRC Ambassador. Having already represented Australia at the Rio Paralympics, she is on track to ride for her country at the Tokyo Games later this year.
New Zealand racehorse Gingernuts was retired in 2018 following injury, but is now happy in his new role.
We find out about the work of Racing Hearts and Rehab4Rehab, where retired thoroughbred racehorses are valuable assets in the world of equine therapy.
Celebrities share their deep affection for their horses.
Although Living Legends has lost two beloved members of its family recently in the passing on Might And Power and Chief De beers, it has also gained a new one.
Living Legends is a retirement home like no other: home to some of the greatest racehorses of all time, including many Melbourne Cup winners.
Jessica Liston is an expert in equine-assisted therapy who works with Waler horses – an Australian horse breed with a proud heritage.
Winx was the mare that truly stopped a nation, time and time again. A year on since her remarkable race career ended, we find out just how she is faring as her firstborn is eagerly awaited.
Bringing new equine life into the world is a unique job performed by dedicated and passionate people.
Although the mighty Hartnell has retired from our race tracks, a new career in showing beckons under the guidance of his great mate, and new life companion, Reg Fleming.
The relationship between horse and trainer is a special one, some more than others. Greg Eurell had a particular fondness for Apache Cat that went beyond the victories at the track.