Category Archives: Pete’s racehorses

SDS Summer Holiday

Charlie trying to help hand-pick CC.

Charlie trying to help hand-pick CC.

Sally and Peter are temporarily staying in Toowoomba, Queensland, till January. The whole SDS team is. Charlie, the two cats and the two chooks are all coming to terms with this so-called “SDS Summer Holiday”. Soon we will re-establish in the Northern Rivers of NSW, riding again on the BEACHES.

In the meantime, we’ve had some luck with our boy Hefner winning a race at the Sunshine Coast. Hefner does a mix of dressage schooling and hill work and then the racetrack workouts too!!! He’s a pretty happy boy.

Hefner winning at Sunshine Coast racetrack 6 November 2016

Training Hefner on the beach.


A Secret for sale

Secret, warmblood gelding, by A'Seduction, Sally's Dressage Stables

Secret by A’Seduction as a 3yo in 2015

This is our last young boy by our grand Prix stallion A’Seduction. He is out of a Trakehner from the F-line. He is rising 3yo and about 15.3 hands now, which will make him a peeerfect height for competition, I think he will make around 16.2.

Secret is his name, and he has been under saddle and showed us that he has a very sensible head on his shoulders and therefore training him should be a fun journey.

He is for sale at the present moment for $15,000.00. I would like to do some more training on him over the Xmas break, maybe just some in hand work and a bit of lunging, then next year back into riding him. He is very sweet and a very nice mover, in his trot he seems to like to give the medium trot, you know “show off” stuff. J

If you think you might be interested in this fellow, please feel free to give me a call on 040207 888 2.

We also are training our racehorse over the summer break. I have been doing a lot of beach riding on him, he really enjoys this. It’s quite funny as the bush track we ride out along has got plenty of entertainment, a kinda like de-sensitising of the racehorse. We have seen wallabies, a big grey kangaroo, a huge goanna, snakes of course – it would’nt be an Australian Bush without, and last few weeks we have had black cockatoos flying over us, about 15 of them, and then on the beach we have seen the eagles. Well I guess I get to see them not so much Hef, our racehorse, since he is looking at the sand and surf….. We have even had 2 hornets fly past us, going extremely fast.

We are racing this Saturday, fingers crossed!!!!!! He should be the most trained and quietist race horse heading out onto the track, nothing should scare him!!!!

Peter Evans leading his racehorse to the track

Peter and our racehorse Hefner


Russian Lights (Villa) competing in dressage

How good is this new boy going!! He had his first ever day out yesterday and was brilliantly behaved and went oh so well!! One can see he is still green at this dressage game, but he kept it all together and went super. He is now well on his way towards a successful life as an equestrian horse. Here he is ridden by young rider, Poppy Ellis-Southwell.

‘Russian Lights’ price has gone to $4,750. Potential all over him.

Below is the link to his Preliminary 1.3 test

And here is the link to a snippet of him warming up before the test… can hear Peter chatting in the background to one of his friends about football of all things.


Upcoming events

Vilayet in his racing days at Lismore race track, Dec 2012, who will now be known in the dressage arena as "Russian Lights"

Vilayet in his racing days at Lismore race track, Dec 2012, who will now be known in the dressage arena as “Russian Lights”

This coming Saturday is the last of the twilight series. Our clever little ex-racehorse, Villa, will be having his ‘Maiden start’ in a dressage competition. We have given him a new name to commence his dressage career… ’Russian Lights’, a name that I think really suits him. We came up with it because he is by the stallion Fantastic Light and his racing name was of Russian origin.

Peter and his racehorse Vilayet studying the form guide, March 2014

Peter and Villa checking out the racing form !!!

The following weekend, I am off on a road trip with Wendy to go judging at Hastings Valley Dressage Club. This should be good fun, Wendy and I always have a great time when we go off judging together. I sat and passed my B level judging last year and now Wen is going to go for hers this year, so we will probably see her at some of the CDIs, as she will be Shadow Judging. Good Luck Wendy xo

Oops, I forgot to throw in the date of the 20th, as we maybe going to a Racehorse auction in Victoria, yes!! you heard right, we are now looking for another racehorse to play with. Well, I don’t mean literally play with, I mean serious to train as a racehorse, as we have our Owner/Trainer Licence. This horse, whether it is a mare or gelding, needs to be easy to ride as I will probably be doing most of the work on the racetrack and I would also want to be able to ride it on the beach. So it does need to be reasonable to ride, and I will probably give it more dressage training as well. This racehorse will have the most unbelievable life as our racehorse… very spoilt… a beautiful grassy paddock to go into every day… lots of treats… beach rides… pampering body treatments…

April, Easter long weekend, I have been invited to coach and lecture at the Dressage Unravelled clinic at Caboolture.

NOW we are into the start of 3 weekends in a row of Dressage Competitions, going with Spider Bite, and Heaven Sent and with GODSPEED.

12 April Caboolture 1 Star Event with Spider and Heaven
18 April QSEC Event with just Spider
19 April Bangalow NSW with all 3 of them

Sally Evans: Pink Roses

26 April NADEC Gold Coast with the girls!! The final hit out for the Spider before we do ‘Meditation on the Beach’ and pack up the new gooseneck of Sue’s and head down the Pacific Highway for the Sydney CDI on 5-10 May. I will get to have my birthday at home for a change instead of on the road. You know, I just don’t know how many of these CDIs I have been too, I think we competed at one of the first ones at the new ex Olympic Venue at SIEC, and I think I have also competed at one of the first ones ever started at Lochinvar, yes folks, that was way back!! Oh man its great to advance forward in years of experience!!!!!!

22-24 May Toowoomba Championships, we maybe take all 3 of them, as Anne will be back and so that means that Scuba will have his own Chariot and driver.

30 May QSEC again this time for both girls. Spider will need to be preparing herself for the Brisbane CDI, where we will have our new Intermediate Freestyle, and QSEC is the venue for this.

31 May Bangalow Member Championships for the two younger ones, being Heaven Sent and GODSPEED.

Penny and Sally Evans in a lesson with Brett Parbery.

A Heaven Sent (Penny) and Sally, April 2014


Villa – Show hack or just a nice riding horse

Villa is still for sale for $2,500. He is a steel at this price. He is just improving all the time. He has a lovely big rhythmical stride and is a forward thinking boy!!!! Someone will have some Major fun with Villa!!!!

Vilajet, thoroughbred, in training by Sally Evans, at Sally's Dressage Stables, for sale

Villa suits a young rider. He has very nice action, 3 active under paces, and is suited for dressage and hacking.

He is the Beach Boy extrodinaire, he loves riding on the beach, and loves to eat pears!!

Vilajet, thoroughbred, in training by Sally Evans, at Sally's Dressage Stables, for sale

Villa, November 2014

Villa will without a doubt turn into a super looking show hack. Villa has been ridden by me for most of his work on the racetrack and of course his beach rides. I ride him in a dressage saddle and snaffle, even on the track. He has a nice snaffle mouth and has been cared for and spoilt and looked after for the last 3 1/2 years by us. He loves life.

I believe Villa will make someone a very reliable horse (and a pretty one too).

Villa at SDS in trot work (snaffle only), January 2015:

Villa at SDS in canter right lead, January 2015:

Villa at SDS jumping, filmed with iphone, January 2015:

Villa at SDS in trot work with young rider, November 2014:


Villa won the Lismore Trial 26 July 2014

Vilayet, Pete's racehorse, at the end of his Lismore Trial 26.7.2014, which he won

Villa and us, Lismore Trial 26.7.2014

Peter is very happy with this trial result. Today is Wednesday and Vil is feeling very fantastic, after pulling up well, eating up all his feed, and having a MRTT from Angela.

We are wrapping him up in cotton wool and trying to plan the next step, the race!!!!!


Racing Vila

Peter Evans's racehorse Vilayet racing. We did not win, but he looks good here ....!!!!!!

We did not win, but he looks good here ….!!!!!! (On the left, 16.03.2014. We will be racing on Monday at Lismore)

Peter and his racehorse Vilayet studying the form guide!

Peter and his racehorse Vilayet studying the form guide!

Vilayet, Peter Evans's racehorse, waiting on raceday.

Villa will make a Royal Champion Hack.


Kevin is for sale – Dressage, Eventing, and Potential Para Equestrian Competitor

Update: Kevin has been SOLD.

4yo, TB
Rich chestnut


Kevin has been in our family since he was born, we got him when he was rising 3. I have done and continue to train him in Dressage. He raced in 2 starts, and showed to us that he loves to be a dressage horse and be pampered and loved, instead of running around a racetrack.

Kevin, has a supa doopa nature and a very gentle disposition.

Kevin, has been put over some small jumps and he likes it.

Kevin, is a good doer, he does not need a lot of feeding. He has good feet. He has a nice simple snaffle mouth, and tends to carry himself in a nice round frame whilst in training.

Kevin is a clean slate for a potential super future in dressage, I believe he has the temperament to compete under the pressured environment at big events.

A real honest, luving horse.

He needs a very good home, someone to luv him for a long long time, $8,000, he is sound in every way. A fantastic young rider horse.

Phone Sally 040207 8882


Beachrider wanted

Sally Evans on Villa and Michaela on Sydney

I on Villa and Michaela on Sydney

This is Sydney and Michaela and I riding Villa on the beach on Saturday. We had a ball! It is so funny cause I think Sydney needs to learn how to GO!!!!!!!, so he can keep up with Vila, Peter’s racehorse (who has won a race and who is pretty fast), bred by Bart Cummings …

At the moment I am riding him on the beach every second day, but I have to have a mate with him, as he is not confident to go by himself. So anyone out there who rides on the beach, please let me know. We go with Dawn on her dressage pony Tim, and we have Sydney to teach how to GO. But I soon run out of dressage horses, and so I need a running supply of horses to ride with. (Maybe I should get Pete to don the breeches!!!!)

SO THIS SUMMER, we are going to put our concentrated efforts into Villa, and get him up and racing.


Training with Poppy on the beach and bitless at SDS

CC ridden by Poppy

CC ridden by Poppy

One of my students, Poppy, is currently staying with us for a while. Yesterday, we have been on the beach, with Poppy riding CC and I on Kevin the racehorse. It was a super day, great weather. Both our horses were keen to show off their talents at speed training… cross-training for dressage… Poppy also tried out the bitless bridle that Iris has introduced us to, one of the latest models from Germany we have been riding Basil (aka A’Seduction) in too. Further below is Poppy on her Basil boy Mr Tickles.

Poppy aboard CC and I on the racehorse Kevin

Poppy aboard CC and I on racehorse Kevin

Poppy on her Mr Tickles for the first time bitless - he really likes it

Poppy on her Mr Tickles for the first time bitless – he really likes it

Mr Tickles with the bitless bridle from Germany

Mr Tickles with the bitless bridle from Germany


CC with Milly and Raquel on the Beach

CC, bay mare by A'Seduction, born 2006, part-owned by Sue MacDonald, here at Patches Beach.

Sally on CC, bay mare by A’Seduction, born 2006, part-owned by Sue MacDonald, here at Patches Beach.

We took CC and Milly to the beach a couple of weeks ago. It was CC’s first time ever. She follows in her Dad’s hoofsteps; she walks down to the water and starts to meditate. Milly is here on a working holiday with Raquel and she enjoys the relaxation of it too. Milly is a horse we had bred as a racehorse for Peter. She has moved on to a career as an eventer with Raquel who now owns her.

CC on the beach


CC and Milly

CC and I, and Raquel on Milly

CC and Milly