27 de diciembre de 2016

BROOKE SOMERS Sorprende con sus metodos de entrenamiento

Brooke Somers, pictured with former racehorse Magic Mike, uses dressage training to prepare racehorses for life off the track.

Australia.-  SHE’S only had her training licence since July, but young gun Brooke Somers is making her mark in racing with her unique and ethical training methods. The 34-year-old Hawkesbury trainer has had 21 runners for two wins and two seconds, but its her work off the track that’s grabbing the attention of racing followers.

The former Sydney Royal champion junior rider has plenty of experience with horses – her mother was a dressage rider and Ms Somers rode for former British Olympian Peter Charles before moving to racehorses. She pre-trained with the best, learning from Gai Waterhouse, Bart Cummings, Graeme Rogerson, Mark Cavanagh and Robert Heathcote. 

“I went wherever people were training winners. I spent 10 years getting up at 3.30am, riding in the dark and in rain, to learn as much as I can so I can do my horses justice.” Most of her racing journey has been alongside elite Sydney trainer Joe Pride, who shares her passion for ethical training. “Joe doesn’t over-gallop horses, he makes sure they’re happy horses and they enjoy their job,” Ms Somers said. Part of her method is to teach horses basic dressage to prepare them for a life off the track.

 “When you give a racehorse away that’s been a handful in trackwork, you’ve got to find a professional trainer to retrain them or they end up on the pet food line. “I focus on dressage with my racehorses so that when they finish their racing careers they’re able to rehomed as riding horses.” Her more unique techniques include using Gregorian chant music to calm her horses. I Am Magnificent, a horse Ms Somers pretrained, had success from his first two starts, “then lost it”.

 I AM Magnificent in his win at Warwick Farm in November. Photo supplied “The loudspeaker and crowds were overwhelming for him, so by the time he got to the barriers his race had been run,” she said. “He’s highly sensitive, so I used ear plugs on him to dull out the sounds but he could still hear. Then I put ear muffs on him and had an ipod shuffle playing music to him. The Gregorian chant is a large choir of 40 males voices with no lull in the music so there’s no opportunity for him to hear anything.”
The gelding, known as Harley in the stable, wears the earmuffs every day in trackwork. The music paid off when he won at Warwick Farm in November, becoming Somers’ first city winner.