The word is slowly spreading about standardbreds – they are gaining a much deserved reputation as a breed with quiet and trainable temperaments. These horses, although trained to trot or pace at high speeds, are more than capable of making the transition from harness racing to riding horses in all sorts of disciplines.
On this page you’ll find links to clubs, breed societies, non-profit organisations, businesses, individuals and others involved in giving standies another career after racing. Links to event calendars for shows, training days and more at the bottom of the page.
Standardbred Associations, Breed Societies and Clubs:
- Standardbred Pleasure & Performance Horse Association of Western Australia Inc. Website andFacebook Page
- The Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association of South Australia Website
- Standardbred Association Queensland Website and Facebook Group
- The Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association of NSW Website and Facebook Account
- The Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association of Victoria Website and Facebook Group
- The Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association of Tasmania Facebook Page
- Standardbreds Unharnessed Inc Website (ACT)
- Standardbred Riding Group Inc (Vic)
- The Association for Trotters Exiting Racing Inc (AFTER) Website (Qld)
- Northern Standardbred Riding Group Inc (Vic) Facebook Group
Not for profit organisations
- Epona’s Pastures website and Facebook Page (Spring Hill, Vic) – a registered not for profit organisation and deductible gift recipient (all donations over $2 are tax deductible,) who specialise in rehabilitating, reeducating and rehoming standardbreds off the track
Individuals, businesses and other organisations involved in promoting and retraining standardbreds for other careers:
- “Anything But Standard” (Canberra/Goulburn, ACT) – retrain standardbreds to saddle, own racing standardbreds and also compete at local shows. Blog about their activities – click here to read blog.
- “Nichol-Gunn Equestrian” (Lower Light, SA) – re-educate and re-home retired standardbreds. Training is based around Classical Dressage and the German Training Scale.
- “Chapel Lodge Equine Services” website and Facebook page (Lewiston, SA) – rehabilitate and retrain standardbreds, then match them with an appropriate home.
- “Kalimbah Standardbreds” (Bredbo, NSW) – retrain standardbreds to saddle, conduct clinics, work with Harness Racing NSW and Harness Racing Australia to promote the breed and “improve the post racing life of retired racing Standardbreds”
- “Raising the Standards” (Clonbinane, Vic) – retrain standardbreds to saddle, match horses with suitable “forever” homes. Find out more on their Facebook page and blog.
- Tramel Park Standardbreds (Invergordon, Vic) – re-educating and rehoming standardbreds after their racing life. Find out more on their Facebook page.
Training articles, videos and other interesting information:
- “What can you do with a standardbred?”
- How to read a freeze brand (Australia and New Zealand)
- Video of Standardbreds doing dressage at the 2010 SAQ Dressage Spectacular
- Standardbred Association of Qld Events
- Standardbred Events in Vic (SPPHAV)
- Standardbred Events in NSW (SPPHANSW)
- Standardbred Events in SA (SPPHASA)
- Standardbred Events in WA (SPPHAWA)