Life After Racing; Zoltar Enjoying New Career After Retirement

In July, 2016 the connections of five year old Zabeel gelding Zoltar were given the disappointing news that he had sustained a suspensory injury to his tendon which was deemed career ending. Zoltar had just 12 starts for 5 placings and was very unlucky not to break his maiden after a couple of very close second placings. With a rich staying pedigree, and a physical to match, Zoltar never got to reach the distances that we always knew he would be most effective over which was a real shame for his connections.

At the time, Zoltar was being trained by Matt Dale in Canberra and was quickly snapped up by track rider Joe Mcdermott who gave him the 6 months required in the paddock to recover from his injury. Zoltar returned from the paddock in the new year and underwent re-education by Joe, learning how 'not to be a racehorse'. This included lots of flat work, dressage, small jumps and eventually some cross country.

Zoltar soon made his competition debut where he was in first place after the dressage round before knocking a pole down in the showjumping round. He finished off the day with a brilliant cross country round under time to finish in second place overall! A fantastic effort for his first ever competition.

With so much emphasis on horse welfare in the racing industry it is important that we highlight the time and effort that goes into these horses after racing. We would like to say thank you to Joe for giving Zoltar a fantastic home and we wish them more success in the future!

Pictured: Zoltar enjoying his new career

Pictured: Zoltar In his racing days


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