It’s More than just the Horses
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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