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O.P. « 2018-Aug-24, 09:17 AM »
Raeth’s life full of great breaks

THEM’S THE BREAKS: Tobias Raeth had to make a big adjustment from training in Europe.

IN HIS first years as a “breaker” in Australia, Tobias Raeth can claim Queensland’s topperforming pacer Colt Thirty One as his best student, along with Fame Assured and Red Charmer all Classic winners.

Raeth’s profession is what is commonly known in the horse racing industry as a “breaker” or, for those unfamiliar, simply one who educates horses.

They are a small band of dedicated, hardworking people who perform behind the scenes with little recognition.

Born in St Johann, a rural town in south west Germany, Raeth now calls Australia home. He lives with wife Daniela and two children at Egmont Park Stud, Biddeston, a rural town in the Toowoomba region with a population of just 328.

Raeth spent his teenage years involved in equestrian sports such as show jumping and dressage as well as studying in agriculture.

“In my early 20s I started to work for a small standardbred breeder in the next village,” he said. “He used to buy around 30 to 40 retired trotters a year from the track and re-educate them and sell them on as hobby horses.

“He also had a small team of racehorses that were worked mainly under saddle and that is how I got my interest in harness racing.”

To gain more experience, Raeth did occupational training with Germany’s leading harness racing trainer, 29-time premiership winner Heinz Wewering, who had about 220 horses in work.

“It was during this time I bought my own trotter and raced it successfully throughout Germany and got my amateur driver’s licence,” he said.

In search of more knowledge in harness racing, Raeth moved to Sweden and worked for several trainers as a groom.

“I chose Sweden due to it being one of the most progressive and professional countries for trotting in Europe,” he said. “It is where I was taught the lesson of having patience with horses from trainer Staffa Nilsson.”

Raeth and his wife migrated to Australia in 2006 and bought a macadamia nut farm on the outskirts of Lismore in the Northern Rivers area of NSW.

It didn’t take long when harness racing again started to play on his mind and he soon started buying and leasing several pacers. It was then he realised what a big adjustment it was from trotting in Europe to pacers in Australia.

“I am very grateful for the guidance that Vic Frost showed me when I was setting up on the Northern Rivers,” he said. “I didn’t know a lot about the use of hopples as they are not used that much in Europe with the trotters. Vic taught me and gave me access to his track for fast work.”

According to Raeth, racing in Europe and Australia is very different.

There is more emphasis on juvenile racing in Australia, whereas in Europe horses get more time to develop and mature physically and mentally. It is also due to the fact that the European trotter is later-maturing than pacers.

“An amazing opportunity came to me in 2015 and I made the move to Egmont Park Stud to work with the best-bred pacers in the country, as well as working in conjunction with successful trainers who I think would hold their own anywhere in the world,” Raeth said.

“From my experience with breaking in and training young horses, the animal’s motivation is a very important factor in their early development to reach their full potential.

“The set-up here at Egmont Park is the ideal environment for the horses to interact with each other in the open paddocks to achieve those results.

“Coming to Australia, combined with harness racing, is a dream come true.”

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