A passion to showcase the trainability and temperament of the thoroughbred horse led local Liz Andriske to setting up a rehoming business to help horses at the end of their racing careers, and this month she received national recognition for her dedication.
Ms Andriske was awarded the Thoroughbred Care and Welfare Award at the 2020 Australian Stud and Stable Staff Awards for her work through her business, Spare One Thoroughbred Rehoming, which takes on retired racehorses and finds them new homes outside of the racing industry.
The title is one Ms Andriske is familiar with after coming runner- up in the same category in 2018, and recognises an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to the care and welfare of thoroughbreds who are not actively racing, and/or created a greater awareness, passion and care for the thorough- bred horse in its second/alternate career.
Ms Andriske said she knew she was in with a chance for the award but the win still came as a surprise.
“We knew we were in the top five and then we found out we were in the finals. To then find out we won was a huge surprise,” she said.
“The awards are getting bigger every year so to be narrowed down to the winner is amazing. It’s nice to be recognised and get into the finals twice, and now we’ve done a good enough job to win. It’s pretty full on.”
Ms Andriske has been running Spare One, which she describes as a hobby, from her home for five years and the side project started with one special horse bought from the Echuca horse sales.
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