Horse rac­ing cour­ses through veins

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

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

Photo: ABBY BROWN

Dan Cherry leads his nephew Nash Cherry, who is horse, trac­tor and mo­tor­bike mad, around on his minia­ture pony.

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