Reagan Donovan with Prince Mambo and Sadlers Rock
Go Racing is passionate about the care of their horses – both while they are racing and also when they have retired from the track.
At the end of their racing careers Racing Manager Albert Bosma and his team ensure that each horse is placed in a home where they will be loved and well looked after.
Former Go Racing horses have gone on to have successful careers as sport horses, become valued paddock mates or well-loved pleasure horses, and they have even been used at the Riding for the Disabled.
Recently Manawatu horsewoman Reagan Donovan placed a post on her ‘Xlrate Equine NZ’ Facebook page putting a call out to owners of former Go Racing-managed horses to compete for a ‘high points prize’ over a series of her recycled ribbon shows.
The post was flooded with responses from people posting photos and comments about their Go Racing horses in their lives after racing.
“We love to keep in contact,” Bosma said. “It has been so heart-warming to see some familiar faces living their best post-racing lives.”
“Go Racing have always been a big part of my racing and sport horse background,” Donovan said. “The team have always been very good to me, so we have decided to run a high points prize at our next Recycled Ribbon Show for those horses syndicated through Go Racing in hopes to bring some of their old horses out of the woodwork.”
It was through Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta that Donovan connected with Go Racing.
She was the regular strapper for the Go Racing-syndicated Sadlers Rock (Rocky) and had always said she wanted to take over his care when he retired from racing.
When Group One performed Prince Mambo retired from Stephen McKee’s stable he was soon added to Donovan’s family.
In 2017 Go Racing became a regular sponsor of the “Most Promising Off The Track Thoroughbred”, as part of their commitment to recognise how important it is to promote life after racing for thoroughbreds.
If the response to last month’s Facebook post is anything to go by, the High Points Prize for former Go Racing horses is sure to be a hotly contested competition.
“Reagan does a fantastic job and we are pleased to be able to support her and her work with all the former racehorses,” Bosma said.