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Retrainer - Amanda Porter


Company Name: Forest View Thoroughbreds

Location: Garfield North Vic 3814

Tell us a bit about your background.

I have grown up around horses, learning to ride on a thoroughbred at the age of 4. I joined a Riding Club as I got older and competed at Level 1 in dressage and eventing. Competing while at school in eventing and dressage, I also entered many navigational rides. I would visit family and friends on horseback if my parents were busy. We loved the occasional trail/ bush ride in the sand pits at Pearcedale and the beach at Blind Bight while growing up. As a teenager, I rode trackwork for several local racehorse trainers, this is where I began rehoming thoroughbreds as I saw a lot of nice horses going to dog food, I knew I could give them a better option. This all came about after I had a track work accident, where I broke my right hip, femur and pelvis and was out of the saddle for approx. 1.5 years, after rehab and learning to walk again, I knew I still wanted to be involved with the racehorses in some way, I still ride today, and that is when I created Forest View Thoroughbreds.

Since I started my small rehoming project, I have rehomed approx. 80 OTT horses over 4 years and was 1ST runner up for Racing Victoria's Retrainer of the year Awards during 2019 and 2020. I have a team of off the track thoroughbreds that help to give riders lessons, mostly beginner riders and advanced beginner riders coming back into horses after having children.

What is your favourite thing about the standardbred breed?

They have a lovely temperament; they are a good size for children and small adults like myself.

What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

I love the satisfaction this job brings, finding them a home and seeing the updates from the happy owners.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your regular work?

Go to horse events, visit family and friends, go to the movies.

What is the best way to contact you?

Email or text 0417 622 329

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