Horse racing courses through veins
Two brothers have followed in their dad’s footsteps and the third generation looks like it might too.
Having a father as a jockey and a mother working in a racing stable as an apprentice jumps jockey, Jim Cherry said it was ‘‘ fairly normal’’ for him and brother Dan to both begin riding at age two.
The two brothers, who now own Moemoea Park, were around horses ‘‘from day dot’’.
From a baby both brothers were in stables.
As young fellas they would sit and watch their mum muck out stalls.
‘‘As soon as we could walk we were carrying feed buckets, water buckets, everything. You name it, we were into it. I had my first pony when I was two and I think Danny got one for his fifth Christmas.’’
Jim began riding track work at five and broke in his first horse at just eight.Watching their dad race made them both want to be jockeys.
‘‘As soon as dad knew I was too big and heavy to be a jockey I had to change course a bit,’’ Dan said.
The change of tack to aiming to be foremen and breakers was challenging for the brothers, but it meant they could still be around racehorses.
The third generation is also pretty horse mad. Jim and wife Samone’s children both have ponies at Moemoea Park.
‘‘My youngest, Nash, who is 21⁄ he’s mad into tractors, motorbikes, horses; anything to be out of the farm he is out there too, flat out. My daughter Charlotte, who has just turned six . . . she loves her horses and hopefully she
Dan Cherry leads his nephew Nash Cherry, who is horse, tractor and motorbike mad, around on his miniature pony.