It’s More than just the Horses

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Cana Farm, lo­cated in Orchard Hills in Syd­ney’s west, looks af­ter the well-be­ing of vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. They are gen­er­ally those who have been dis­as­so­ci­ated from main­stream so­ci­ety for var­i­ous rea­sons and need as­sis­tance to find their way back. The Thor­ough­bred Re­train­ing Pro­gram (TRP), led by Scott Brodie, is us­ing the fa­cil­ity as a spell­ing lo­ca­tion for horses go­ing through the re­train­ing process. The clients of Cana Farm have built kilo­me­tres of qual­ity fenc­ing on the 40-hectare prop­erty at no cost to the re­tain­ing pro­gram in or­der to house the spell­ing horses. On the prop­erty, for­merly an orchard, Cana Farm is now lev­el­ling land to cre­ate a rid­ing area and round yard where some of the clients will be taught to work with horses; some will also vol­un­teer at the state-of-the-art Can­ter­bury Park head­quar­ters of the thor­ough­bred re­train­ing pro­gram. Th­ese clients – once ed­u­cated and ex­pe­ri­enced – may go on to work in the rac­ing in­dus­try. The Gov­er­nor Gen­eral and his wife Linda, were par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in the Rac­ing NSW ini­tia­tive and paid trib­ute to the pas­sion of both the per­son­nel from the Thor­ough­bred Re­train­ing Pro­gram, and the clients and staff of Cana Farm. The Gov­er­nor Gen­eral shared lunch with all and sundry, with much of the pro­duce for the meal pro­duced on the farm.

Also of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to His Ex­cel­lency was the work of TRP man­ager, Scott Brodie, with ex-ser­vice per­son­nel suf­fer­ing from post­trau­matic stress dis­or­der. Many of th­ese ex-ser­vice peo­ple are home­less and in need of ur­gent as­sis­tance. Scott has linked with De­fence Care and Homes for He­roes to take veter­ans to Kan­ga­roo Val­ley to work with horses, in or­der to aid their re­cov­ery and give them re­newed fo­cus. Many will also go on to be­come vol­un­teers at Can­ter­bury Park with a fo­cus of even­tu­ally find­ing work in the rac­ing in­dus­try. The par­al­lels be­tween race­horses and ser­vice peo­ple need­ing help at the end of highly spe­cialised ca­reers, was not lost on Mrs Hur­ley who showed par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in this per­son­nel ini­tia­tive of TRP’S Scott Brodie. Equine as­sisted learn­ing and ther­apy is be­ing used around the world to as­sist peo­ple with Post-trau­matic Stress Dis­or­der (PTSD). The Cedars Equine Pro­gram is now up and run­ning to give this op­por­tu­nity to learn from horses to as many veter­ans as pos­si­ble. The Thor­ough­bred Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Pro­gram con­tin­ues to re­train and re­home ex-race­horses but the far-reach­ing ef­fects of horses on peo­ple seems bound­less and it is defi­nitely more than just horses. For in­for­ma­tion on any of the above in­clud­ing do­na­tions, con­tact TRP man­ager, Scott Brodie, scott.brodie@op­tus­net.com.au

GOV­ER­NOR GEN­ERAL DAVID HUR­LEY AND HIS WIFE, LINDA MADE A VISIT TO IN­SPECT THE IN­CRED­I­BLE WORK OF CANA FARM, A NEW PART­NER OF THE RAC­ING NSW THOR­OUGH­BRED RE­TRAIN­ING PRO­GRAM

Im­ages from Ed­die Fur­long above: Scott Brodie shows Linda Hur­ley, wife of NSW Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, David Hur­ley, around Cana Farm right: NSW Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, David Hur­ley (left) chats to TRP man­ager, Scott Brodie

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