RACEHORSE RETIREMENT PROGRAM

With horse welfare being a top priority for Aquis Farm, we have implemented a re-training program for retired racehorses. This includes horses who have raced in Australia as well as horses who have raced in Hong Kong.

When horses enter our retirement program, the first step is to spell in a paddock, to allow them to fully unwind physically and mentally from their racing days. Each horse is assessed by our vets to ensure they are physically sound. They are also seen to by our farrier, equine dentist and equine chiropractor to ensure they are ready to begin their retraining into becoming an equestrian horse.

The horses begin their retraining by lunging in the sand round yard with no rider on their back. They are lunged with gear that teaches them to round their back and to carry themselves correctly for equestrian disciplines. Once they have achieved this, they begin to be ridden in equestrian gear. Their exercise includes flat work (dressage), jumping and trail riding. By the time they are rehomed, they are well rounded riding horses, ready to begin a long life after racing.

In Program

Bayonet

2011 Grey Thoroughbred Gelding, 16hh
Murtajill x Sharp End First

Profile

The Bayonet is a striking grey thoroughbred gelding bred in Australia. He trialed once in Australia while trained by Greg Eurell, winning by 1.8 lengths at Cranbourne under jockey Chris Symons.

He was exported to Hong Kong, and his name was shortened to ‘Bayonet’. Trained by Danny Shum Bayonet won all four trials he entered and he raced twice in Hong Kong, at Sha Tin Racecourse with jockey Noel Callan winning both races by more than a length each time.

Clearly an extremely talented horse, he sadly succumbed to injury, and was retired and exported back to Australia to spell at Aquis Farm.

Bayonet has now commenced dressage training and we look forward to seeing him out and about in the following months.

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Congo

2010 Chestnut Thoroughbred Gelding, 16.1hh
Trotamondo x Cabinda

Profile

'Congo' was bred in Australia and trialed once at Doomben Racecourse with champion jockey Chris Munce, winning this trial by an impressive two length margin. He was then exported to Hong Kong, and renamed ‘Compulsory’. He trialed then three times at Sha Tin Racecourse, but never raced due to injury. Congo returned to Australia where he went back into training, however it was ultimately decided to retire him from racing permanently.

Congo now has a basic education established in flat work/dressage, show jumping, cross country, and has had plenty of time out trail riding on the roads, bush and at the beach.
Congo’s first public appearance was the 2017 Magic Millions Barrier Draw, doing beach galloping in front of thousands of people with Sydney jockey Tye Angland. Standing nice and quietly,Tye did acrobatics on his back while waiting to start the gallop! Later putting his young daughter on Congo afterwards.

Congo recently competed at the Tamborine Equestrian Group Express Eventing Day – competing in the 60cm & 80cm Classes comprising of Show Jumping & Cross Country. Congo placed second in a large field of 50 horses.
Congo is a great all-rounder and is best suited to an experienced rider to continue his training.

Price $1,500neg to the right home – Located Canungra.

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Spurtonic

2009 Chestnut Thoroughbred Gelding, 16.1hh
Flying Spur x Platonic

Profile

Spurtonic’ was bred in Australia and raced under Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse, before coming to Aquis Farm, racing a total of 29 times for six wins and 3 places.

Spurtonic’s final race was on 3 September 2016, before joining the Aquis Farm re-training program. Shortly after beginning his re-training he was used as a demonstration horse in the Magic Millions Barrier Draw with Sydney jockey Brenton Avdulla. When waiting for the barrier draw to start Brenton, went on to demonstrate Spurtonics placid nature by standing on his back and then while galloping, let go of the reins completely in a ‘Superman’ style performance!

Spurtonic has just begun his jumping training, showing a natural talent in this area. He also has three very nice paces, and should make a talented eventer in the future. He will be available for rehoming in 2017. Please contact Ruby for more information

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Tan Tat Diamond

2011 Chestnut Thoroughbred Gelding, 16.1hh
Fastnet Rock x Tan Tat De Lago

Profile

Tan Tat Diamond raced 21 times across eastern Australia where he won five races at Doomben, Flemington, Gold Coast, Geelong and Randwick racecourses over distances of 1100m, 1200m and 1400m.

His winning jockeys included Luke Nolen, Paul Hammersley and Jordan Childs and he claimed $223,020 in prize money overall.

Originally trained by Peter Moody, he was sold to Aquis Farm to be trained by Bryan Guy and then Steve O’Dea. His final race was in June 2016, after which he began to spell at Aquis Farm. Tan Tat Diamond will be brought into the retraining program soon.

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