By Jordan Gerrans
Retired race horse Endless Days has quickly found a new best friend in keen rider Tahliya Brodie.
Bred by Lilivale Stud, Endless Days had an admirable racing career for the Peter & Will Hulbert stable at Eagle Farm – winning six of his 53 starts for just over $300,000 in prize money.
But, in the middle of 2020, the son of Dane Shadow showed his owners and trainers that he had enough of being a race horse and was ready for his next adventure.
The now seven-year-old gelding eventually landed with the family, David and Penne-Jean and their daughter Tahliya, and provides a form of therapy for young Tahliya, who has suffered from bullying earlier in her life.
Endless Days, who now goes by the name of Max, is the second Off-The-Track horse that they have owned, with Bred In The Red, who went by the name Toby, previously being a friend to Tahliya.
“My daughter has been through some tragic events in her life anyway and that is how Toby came into her life, being Off-The-Track, so we had experience there and she really wanted another Off-The-Track to help heal and create another bond,” Penne-Jean recalled.
“To see them both together and to see the way Max follows her around the paddock, he is such a loving, gentle and kind soul.
“It is a therapy for Tahliya and it is also her new best friend because Toby was her only friend for a while because she had been through so much.
“I am so grateful that we have Max in our life today.”
Stewart Barr, the Managing Partner of Lilivale Stud, was in the connections of Endless Days during his racing career and helped get the gelding to the Tahliya for his retirement.
“They all fell in love with Max and I think Max fell in love with them,” Barr said.
“They have taken ownership of him, taking him into their family and he is now living at a property. It appears to be a match made in heaven.”