Thoroughbreds making a career in polo

POSTED ON  |  06-03-2019

Bakersbridge Polo
Bakers Bridge Polo produce the highest standard of polo pony for the Australian and international market. What makes Bakers Bridge ponies exceptional is that they are retrained ex-racehorses from tracks around Victoria. Situated west of Geelong on the banks of the Moorabool River, the stunning property runs more than 100 horses which are used for professional polo as well as eventing and breeding.

Owned and run by Sam Gairdner and Clementine Mann, the partnership has a passion for providing thoroughbreds with a second opportunity to perform as equine athletes.
  • "We run a business in the polo industry that retrains as many horses as we can really handle, which is usually about 15 to 20 horses a year," said Gairdner.
It is a slow and steady process, but incredibly rewarding according to Gairdner.
  • "It takes us three years or so to train a horse," he added. "The process really starts from the day you go to a racehorse trainer. We jump on the horse, give it a ride, and we really try to work out what its temperament is.
  • "All thoroughbreds can run fast enough and they have all got the athletic ability, so the biggest issue is to get a horse that’s got a really good brain for the sport, and of course soundness."

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