Breaking horses all about educating them for life ahead
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.