“Rocknroll Classic was just the quietest, wonderfully-natured horse and being a stallion, not many people would look at him.
“(Harness trainer) Jason Carkeet told me about Ditta so I enquired with her and sent her a few photos and worked out it was too good an opportunity not to let him go there because we knew he’d get looked after.
“She kept me informed the whole way through how the horse was going and said I could go up and visit him but I didn’t take that opportunity because I knew I’d be heartbroken if I saw him again.
“Ditta worked out how wonderful a horse he was and he’s moved on to a fantastic forever home.”
Rocknroll Classic was transported to Crisci’s property in Churchable via the use of the QOTT Retraining Transport Subsidy.
The subsidy provides reimbursement towards the costs of horse transportation services for horses that have been accepted to participate in the QOTT Acknowledged Retrainers Program.
Crisci currently has nine horses in her care, and had also received former thoroughbred Raceday Glamour from Gladstone and former standardbred Welsh Flint with the use of the transport subsidy.
“Part of the QOTT Program is that it’s the trainer’s or owner’s responsibility for them to travel the horses to us, which not a lot of trainers or owners know,” Crisci said.
“It’s a pretty straight forward process…it’s pretty smooth and a pretty small timeframe between applying and getting your transportation costs reimbursed by Queensland Off-The-Track.”
Crisci said Rocknroll Classic had made a flying transition to riding life thanks in part to the QOTT Subsidised Lessons Program, before finding his forever home with Jazmine Skinner at Ma Ma Creek.
“He was raised as a stallion but we did end up gelding him - he was a very, very quiet horse who would have managed just fine the rest of his life as a stallion but we don’t want to be encouraging any breeding of unregistered horses,” she said
“He was super trainable, really quiet and sensible, and didn’t show tendency to pace much at all which is really great considering how good a pacer he was.