The past Woodside Park Stud stallion Econsul, is now beginning his second career as a very successful show hack.

A Group 1 winning son of Pins, Econsul was a champion galloper, winning the 2004 Caulfield Guineas and placing in the Group 1 Cadbury Guineas.

Econsul as a Caulfield Guineas winner

Econsul as a Caulfield Guineas winner

During his time at stud, Econsul produced impressive blue-collar mares including the Group 1 Robert Sangster Classic winner, Precious Gem, Group 3 winner Diverte and the Listed winner, Best Yet To Come.

Unfortunately not commercially viable to continue at stud, Econsul was re-homed to Doug Mills from BetaR Arabians. A successful and well-known show home, Mills was looking for a large hack for his partner to ride and the stunning Econsul fitted the bill nicely.

Econsul has settled in well, been gelded and started his education. After six weeks, Econsul headed to the Melton ARC Show as a first outing, coming home with Champion Open Breeds Gelding and Supreme Champion Open Breed Exhibit. A wonderful result and a positive indication of future success.

Mills is enjoying preparing Econsul for his show career, taking him out on road rides, jumping cross country and even riding him bareback. A beautiful boy, he behaves like an educated show hack at home, but he still needs to get used to the atmosphere of shows under saddle. Mills believes that riding him in a variety of different environments will help Econsul develop a bomb-proof manner in the show ring.

Econsul in his stallion days at Woodside

Econsul in his stallion days at Woodside

“Econsul has been a lovely horse to handle, he is happy to just bowl along, he hasn’t said ‘boo’ to a goose. He really is gorgeous looking, and considering how late he was gelded, he has settled in well with other horses,” Mills said.

“I am very grateful to have been given the chance to take him on. He is a great advertisement for how well thoroughbreds can perform after racing and breeding careers.

“Looking at his brilliant debut result, I would like to have him going well and be competitive in the (Racing Victoria) ‘Off The Track’ series. We will get some agricultural shows under his belt, and depending on how successful he is, we may even look at the more prestigious shows.”

Econsul is certainly a very lucky boy to have found such a knowledgeable home that is willing to advance his future education.

We look forward to hearing more about Econsul’s journey in the show ring and seeing many champion ribbons from him in the future.

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