Amanda, who currently has nine horses in her care at North Maclean, said the night had been important to showcase the benefits of the QOTT Acknowledged Retrainers Program and highlight post-racing career opportunities for retired standardbreds.
“When you get them to that stage, it is good to see that the time and effort that you put in was all worth it, this is why you do it,” she said.
“It doesn’t take a couple of months, it does take time but this is the product of some of our work and it really highlights the time and the effort put into these horses.
“A lot of people just wipe standardbreds off, but when you put time and effort in this is what you can get.”
RQ Senior Animal Care Manager Kim Duffy said ID23 had been a great opportunity to celebrate and recognise the terrific work of the QOTT Acknowledged Retrainers.
“Both Amanda and Ditta do such a fantastic job with retraining and rehoming standardbreds for the QOTT Program, so to include them on the night and showcase the wonderful work that they do was a real highlight,” Ms Duffy said.
“Having two retired standardbreds involved in the evening that Amanda and Ditta have personally retrained is a real testament to their dedication and effort in re-purposing these horses for second careers.
“While the horses were not superstars on the racetrack, they have certainly excelled in their lives off the track thanks to the expertise of Amanda and Ditta.”