Support continues from Victorian Breeders for Off The Track
For the past two years, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV), in conjunction with the Victorian Agricultural Society (VAS) and Racing Victoria (RV) have partnered together to support Thoroughbreds in their next phases of their lives, post their racing careers.
Victorian breeders have had the opportunity to sponsor the ridden OTT class at their local agricultural show.
The winner of the class receives in addition to the $50 prizemoney from RV an additional $150, as well as a custom-made inscribed rug.
This season has seen the following shows take place:
- Pakenham Show sponsored by Musk Creek Farm
- Swan Hill Show sponsored by North Star Park Thoroughbreds
- Seymour Show sponsored by Yarran Thoroughbreds
- Shepparton Show sponsored by Lindsay Park Racing
- Sunbury Show sponsored by Sheamus Mills Bloodstock
- Benalla Show sponsored by Riverbank Farm
- Kyabram Show sponsored by Rushton Park
- Royal Geelong Show sponsored by Rosemont Stud
- Lancefield Show sponsored by Hesket Bloodstock
- Warrnambool Show sponsored by Illowra Stud
- Euroa Show sponsored by Illowra Stud
- Coleraine Show sponsored by Catalina Pastoral ‘Nukklgup Farm’
- Colac Show sponsored by Jubilee Farm
- Sale Show sponsored by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm
- Dandenong Show sponsored by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm
- Heathcote Show sponsored by Seymour Equine clinic
- Ballarat Show sponsored by Digital Media Creations
Last weekend, the series headed to the Ballarat. Despite a very cold start to the morning, the class was well represented with OTT horses.
The winner of the ridden class was Consul Reef (Enconsul (NZ) x Barrier Reef) and Rebecca Groen. Rebecca has loved Thoroughbreds for most of her life and is also an RV Acknowledged Retrainer.
Consul Reef was bred by Woodside Park Stud before being sold to his trainer Greg Baker at the Inglis Autumn Yearling sale in 2012. The gelding had 37 starts for four wins and six placings, which saw him amass $54,245 in prizemoney prior to his retirement.
Rebecca originally came across Consul Reef at a race in Hamilton, when she approached Greg; who told her that there was a long line of people ahead of her and to ‘get in line’.
Missing out on him the first time, Consul Reef went to a friend of a friend and Rebecca was lucky to be united with him after the friend of a friend got busier with university commitments.
Another Victorian-bred winner was at the Euroa Show, sponsored by Illowra Stud based in Nagambie. Belarusian was bred by a Victorian breeder and while he did not race, his owner Courtney Bird, was delighted to win the OTT class at Euroa.
Executive Officer Charmein Bukovec thanked Victorian breeders for the support of their local shows, “I would like to thank everyone who has sponsored a local class. The OTT program is crucial to our industry and this series is a testament to that.”