ABOUT US

OUR STORY

ITR International Thoroughbred Retirement was founded in 2017 by Amy Taylor, as a new initiative to help facilitate the retirement of internationally based, retired racehorses.

Our mission is to give a Thoroughbred not just a new home, but a successful and healthy future beyond the racetrack. ITR’s nationally recognized Thoroughbred Adoption program is tailored to each individual horse’s needs – dedicated to ensuring the highest quality of care & training that delivers on Horse Welfare, Well-being and Integrity.
Creating Futures – Tracked for life.

MEET OUR FOUNDER

The creator of ITR, Amy, has personally dedicated her time to the re-homing and re-education of over 100 Thoroughbred Race horses at her property Affinity Park in Australia. This was recognized in 2015 when she was awarded one of the prestigious HH Sheikh Mohammad’s, Godolphin Awards, for Thoroughbred Care and Welfare.

Her vision is to expand this program, using her 15 + years of experience in the Racing Industry as a Jockey, Trainer and Owner, to ensure your Racehorse has the best chance at a quality life after racing. Utilizing a dedicated network of Experienced Re-trainers throughout Australia and New Zealand, this program combines their efforts to achieve a diverse range of new careers depending upon the individual needs of the horse.

Now residing in Hong Kong, Amy has developed ITR so that Overseas horses have excellent retirement opportunities irrespective of their location. The ITR program is designed not just to find a horse a new home, but to ensure each horse receives a re-education program and a future home suitable for their personality, attributes and potential to enjoy a new career. This process is designed to consider the welfare of the horse as the first priority and maintain maximum transparency.

AMYTAYLOR-racehorse retirement program award

MEET OUR FOUNDER

The creator of ITR, Amy, has personally dedicated her time to the re-homing and re-education of over 100 Thoroughbred Race horses at her property Affinity Park in Australia. This was recognized in 2015 when she was awarded one of the prestigious HH Sheikh Mohammad’s, Godolphin Awards, for Thoroughbred Care and Welfare.

Her vision is to expand this program, using her 15 + years of experience in the Racing Industry as a Jockey, Trainer and Owner, to ensure your Racehorse has the best chance at a quality life after racing. Utilizing a dedicated network of Experienced Re-trainers throughout Australia and New Zealand, this program combines their efforts to achieve a diverse range of new careers depending upon the individual needs of the horse.

Now residing in Hong Kong, Amy has developed ITR so that Overseas horses have excellent retirement opportunities irrespective of their location. The ITR program is designed not just to find a horse a new home, but to ensure each horse receives a re-education program and a future home suitable for their personality, attributes and potential to enjoy a new career. This process is designed to consider the welfare of the horse as the first priority and maintain maximum transparency.

OUR RE-TRAINERS

Knights Equestrian

Knights Equestrian

Christmas Creek, QLD, Australia

Knights Equestrian was co-founded in 2018 by Joshua Knight and Skye Liikanen. Skye and Josh recently spent the past three years overseas honing their skills working with some amazing horsemen and women, most of the time was spent working as assistant trainers to the incredibly talented Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship, who is based in the United States at the Australian Equine Performance Centre in Kentucky.

Whilst working in the USA they competed successfully in various competitions. Skye was the winner of the Dressage in the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover and also placed fourth in the Freestyle. Josh competed in two Mustang Makeovers (Trainers have approx. 100 days to train a wild horse) and was the winner of the Lexington, Kentucky competition and placed fourth in the Fort Worth, Texas one.

Since opening Knights Equestrian in South East QLD in 2018 they have created a business that aims to provide a professional and well-rounded service to clients of the equestrian community, inclusive of all disciplines. Whether it be ridden training, starting under saddle, liberty and groundwork training, lessons, sales, clinics or performances.

Mark Lilley & Paul Austin

Paul Austin & Mark Lilley

Stately Park – Tamborine QLD, Australia

Meet Paul Austin from Paul Austin Equitation!

Show rider, handler, judge, instructor… Brisbane based Paul Austin has worn many hats throughout his career. However, one thing is for sure.

For years, his name has been synonymous with the highest echelons of showing and he is well known throughout Australasia for his vast knowledge of the sport and his meticulous attention to detail. He has been involved with many of the modern show ring greats both as an instructor and as a competitor.

Consistently taking the often unbroken or green horse right through the ranks up to wins and Champions at Royal Show level. Paul is admired for his work ethic and tact with the somewhat fragile children that get nervous and feel the pressure.

Paul brings much passion to the horse world and along with that knowledge and skill. Paul is available to conduct clinics anywhere in Australia and New Zealand.

Caroline Price-horse trainer

Caroline Price

Advika Park - Melbourne, Australia

Introducing Caroline Price! Caroline really needs no introduction to the horse world. Based in Melbourne, Victoria, Caroline has been heavily involved in the Racing Industry.

She has extensive experience with Re-Training Retired Race horses and is also a Racing Victoria acknowledge Re-Trainer. She has produced quality horses in the Show Jumping arena with horse going on to compete around the World.

Her eye for Turnout as well as Conditioning and Training a Thoroughbred will be a massive asset to our Re-Homing Program.

Leesa Banicevich

Leesa Banicevich

Regent Park - Cambridge, New Zealand

Leesa Anderson from Regent Park, Cambridge New Zealand has cemented herself as one of New Zealand's prominent Show Horse producers.

Leesa is heavily involved in the New Zealand Show Horse council and produces some of New Zealand's top show horses off the track as well as breeds the odd Thoroughbred to Race or sell as Yearlings.

Her knowledge in training an Off the Track Thoroughbred is unquestionable and we are excited to be working with her.

Tracey & Steve Stobie

Taupo, New Zealand

Tracey and Steve work out of their gorgeous property located not far from the famous Taupo Lake.

They have extensive knowledge in the Thoroughbred industry as well as being very successful in training their own horses for Hunting/Jumping.

Their location provides the perfect setting for our Rehab horses, with undulating hills, quality grazing and plenty of space to give each horse the best start before beginning the re-training process.

Julie Legg - Tui Lodge - International Thoroughbred Retirement Retrainer

Julie Legg

Tui Lodge

Originally from New Zealand, Julie moved to Australia many years ago, where she set up Tui Lodge in Merryvale QLD. She quickly gained a great reputation for the work she does with rehoming Thoroughbreds off the track. Julie and her wonderful group of young riders compete locally and interstate at events, and Julie herself has competed internationally.

Tui Lodge offers many services from breaking and training to sales and advertising. Julie's experience in a variety of disciplines and her understanding on how to correctly re-train a Thoroughbred, makes her a great asset to our team of Re-Trainers.

“I would love to be able to make a retirement program for every racehorse in Australia and Hong Kong. As well as guaranteeing the future for every racehorse it would assure the public that it isn’t the end, but the beginning, for these horses once their racing careers are over.”

Amy Taylor – Founder ITR