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A Premier Preview

Victorian Wakeful Club members and guests recently travelled to the farm and enjoyed an intimate yearling parade of the draft set go through the ring at Oaklands.

The parade provided an opportunity for the staff team to also present Easter Yearlings (set to shine at the Inglis Australian Easter Sale in Sydney (April 9-10), and refine their horse husbandry skills.  At all times striving to ensure the Yearlings become more relaxed in such environments.

A highlight post-parade was the introduction of an Etched x Frankel colt (one of only a small handful of Frankel’s currently residing in Australia), who made a very special appearance under the attentive guidance of Pauline. 

 

The colt happily posed for photographs and even enjoyed a Wakeful Club shortbread biscuit!  Pauline is a former Wakeful Club Ladies in Racing Award recipient and is currently breaking the colt in.

Those in attendance knew they were in for a unique afternoon when they arrived and were served pink prosecco in French aristocratic Marie-Antoinette glassware – reminiscent of a bygone era.  

There was plenty of horse-talk occurring throughout the afternoon, combined with President Christine Downing proudly presenting an award to a stand-out Three Bridges Thoroughbreds team member.  A team member who had participated diligently in the yearling parade, this being Stud Hand Victoria Ranford.  Victoria is currently completing the Thoroughbred Breeders Australia ‘Fast Track’ program.  Farm Manager, Toby Liston also presented an award to a member of the Wakeful Club who asked (what he declared!) was the most innovative question relating to nutrition of the thoroughbreds.  The lucky recipient being Jan Embling. Congratulations Jan (reminder to feature image here).

The gathering provided the ideal platform for the Three Bridges Thoroughbreds team to meet and converse one-on-one with members of the Wakeful Club, all of whom share a wealth of equine knowledge across a broad range of industry and professional fields.  The ‘Premier Preview’ was thoroughly enjoyed by all those in attendance and was a money can’t buy professional development opportunity too. Attendees are already pencilling in dates to do it all again – potentially making it an annual event.

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