Break­ing horses all about ed­u­cat­ing them for life ahead

Matamata Chronicle - - Ru­ral De­liv­ery -

will fol­low suit but if she wants to pur­sue some­thing else I would never pres­sure her.

‘‘ At the mo­ment she doesn’t show a great in­ter­est in be­ing out here. She’d rather be play­ing with Bar­bies and dress ups.’’

At Moe­moea Park the two broth­ers fo­cus more on break­ing race horses than pre-train­ing the horses that come from all over the world, us­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence they gained work­ing with their dad Steven and train­ers in Aus­tralia.

Jim worked with his dad un­til he was 21. He then moved onto Brett Ca­vanough of Ca­vanough Rac­ing in both Tocumwal and Al­bury Aus­tralia for about 11 years as a fore­man and breaker.

‘‘ It was just horses, horses, horses and Aussie Rules foot­ball in be­tween,’’ Jim laughed.

He does have am­bi­tions to get his trainer’s li­cense in the long term.

Dan said break­ing a horse is about ed­u­cat­ing them. Pre- train­ing is ed­u­cat­ing and ex­er­cis­ing a horse to a race ready level so that a trainer just has to keep the horse at the same level. ‘‘You send your kid off to a driv­ing school to get its driver’s li­cense be­fore it goes out in the big, wide world which is what we are like as break­ers.

‘‘We give the horses what they need to know,’’ Jim said.

Dan worked with his dad un­til he was 16 then as a fore­man and breaker with Cliff Brown in Aus­tralia.

He also worked for Rex Lipp in Toowoomba un­til his brother asked him to move to Al­bury and work for Ca­vanough Rac­ing. He then did sim­i­lar work in New Zealand.

Dan de­cided he and his brother could go into busi­ness to­gether.

They started Moe­moea Park in Au­gust 2013.

The broth­ers now break and pre-train horses for a lot of train­ers they have worked for.

They have be­tween 55 and 60 horses in train­ing, brought to them by train­ers, stud man­agers, race horse own­ers and agents from Hong Kong, Ma­cau, Mata­mata, Sin­ga­pore and Auck­land.

The broth­ers were thank­ful for the help of leg­endary lo­cal jockey Noel Har­ris, who had rid­den with their dad in the cen­tral dis­tricts, and Mata­mata vet Dave Keenan who in­tro­duced them to a lot of rac­ing con­tacts in the area.

Suc­cesses they have had so far in­clude pre-train­ing a ‘‘ promis­ing’’ horse, called Clip the Ticket, for Cliff Brown who has two wins from four starts so far.

Their big­gest claim to fame, when they were work­ing with Ca­vanough, was hav­ing a hand in break­ing in Black Caviar, who was in­ducted into the Aus­tralian Rac­ing Hall of Fame in 2013.

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