Lather Up and support Life After Racing

Media Release : October 21 

Unlike Lather Up, not every standardbred can be the fastest horse in the world, but they all have the right for a chance to have an enjoyable life once their days in the racing stables are over. This is where the likes of Stable To Stirrup and the other standardbred rehoming groups across New Zealand and Australia step up.

Standardbreds are well-known for their quality traits including having terrific temperaments and a willing attitude, this makes them ideal candidates for being ridden companions. Stable To Stirrup is a registered charitable trust that was established in 2019, and even though they are relatively new to the industry, the people behind the charity have life-long equine knowledge and a deep passion for standardbreds and their lives after racing.

They take in standardbreds who have retired from racing, carry out any rehabilitation they may need and then retrain them to be ridden under saddle. They establish them to a level where they are ready to find a loving home that will enjoy everything our versatile breed has to offer. However, doing this work comes at a considerable cost, so the trust relies on donations and actively fundraising in the community through grant applications and special events. The funds received play a critical role in providing feed and primary healthcare for the standardbreds in the trust’s care.

Woodlands Stud realise the importance of groups and individuals such as Stable To Stirrup for the longevity of our sport and the well being of the horses we all love so much so we have set aside a budget to support this area where we can. Part of this included a donated service fee to our exciting pacing sire Lather Up for Stable To Stirrup’s Fundraising night that was to be held at Addington Raceway last month, however due to Covid restrictions this had to be cancelled. The service fee is still available to them, and we encourage any breeders to support the cause and put a tender in for the service.

Lather Up is a dual world champion. He holds two world records, is the fastest 4-year-old standardbred in history, the equal fastest standardbred in history and the fastest standardbred in history over 1 mile and one eighth. His speed on the track was unmatched and with Bettor’s Delight and In The Pocket in his bloodlines he is set to be one of the great sires in Australasia.

Together we are all breeding world class horses, but the ones who don’t make it to the track or have retired after a successful career still deserve the chance at a long and joyful life after they have finished on the racetrack. As a team we can work together to grow awareness for our breed both on and off the track.

To enter a tender or to find out more ways in which you can help Stable To Stirrup in their mission you can contact them on the details below – tenders need to be in by October 24th: Website:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0212 010 899

For more information on Woodlands Stud, Lather Up or our other stallions please contact:

Australasia: Mark Hughes - +61 451 650 707[email protected]

New Zealand: Stacey White - +64 21 595 492[email protected]

                  : Cameron Grant - +64 22 096 1897[email protected]


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