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A happy racehorse retirement story

The horse-crazy Ridgemont Highlands’ Amanda Carey and her former Gr3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup winner Balance Sheet have formed a winning partnership in the showing arena.

Amanda and her baby pose for the paparazzi

The duo won the Ridgemont-Highlands sponsored Racehorse To Working Hunter class at the Western Cape Showing Championships held at Mistico in Paarl over the weekend.

A passionate animal lover who used to babysit baboons and chimpanzees in between riding work for the late Pat O’Neill in her matric year, Amanda, a former Western Province junior showjumper, was thrilled about the big win for her new favourite baby, ‘Bally’.

Balance Sheet (Anthony Delpech) beats Helderberg Blue (Grant van Niekerk) to win the Lonsdale (Pic – Gold Circle)

Balance Sheet was bred by Riyo Stud and is a son of Silvano out of the unraced Al Mufti mare Vita-Louise. He was purchased for R300 000 at the National Yearling and raced for leading Cape-based owners Marsh Shirtliff and Bryn Ressell.

The now 8yo gelding was trained by Dean Kannemeyer for his 4 wins from 1600m to 2400m from his 18 starts. He celebrates his birthday on 2 October.

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