Adams enjoys Addington thrills
By Jonny Turner
Judging by the way it has started the dairy farming off season is going to be a boomer for Southland owner-breeder Kirsty Adams.
With her truck parked up at dairy giant Fonterra’s Edendale property, Adams headed north with a horse in tow.
Just a matter of days later she was a two-time winning owner at Addington with Albizia (Creatine-Oak-Monarchy) and Rake (Santanna Blue Chip-Robyn Maree-Holmes Hanover) both scoring on Sunday.
Albizia trotting to victory at Addington for owner / breeder Kirsty Adams.
“That was the ultimate thrill really, having two starters and two wins at Addington for the day,” Adams said.
The owner-breeder and trainer in her own right races Albizia with her partner Haig McGorlick form Mark Jones’ stable.
Albizia is the first foal and first winner for Monarchy mare Oak, who is from Tamarix (Double Century) who won five when trained by Adams’ mother Gay McClymont.
“Albizia has been one that has needed a bit of time, that is why she has been put under Mark’s care and tutelage, he has got far more patience than I’ve got.”
“She is bred to be able to trot, she is from mum’s good family.”
“She is one out of the bag, really.”
Tamarix is the dam of 10-win mare Larix (Safely Kept) as well as handy performers Given (Sundon), Larch (Sundon) and Ash (The Pres).
Oak has two more foals to come through, by value sires in Superfast Stuart and En Solitaire.
“I have got a two-year-old Superfast Stuart, Craig Laurenson did a prep with her for me and he really liked her,” Adams said.
“I got her handled by a girl who has a riding school because they can be a bit fiery that family.”
“She needs a bit more time to grow, she is out in the paddock at the moment.”
“I have also got a weanling by En Solitaire, I haven’t got a sh*tload of money so I thought would try something out for what I could afford and I got a stunning looking filly.”
“She is very independent, we will say that.”
Adams is a trotting breeder with Oak her only broodmare on the go at the moment.
She prefers to purchase her pacers from other breeders.
“I decided that one broodmare was enough and I would buy the pacers and breed the trotters.”
Adams has produced strong results buying in her pacers in recent years.
Few purchases could match that of Rake who she exchanged for six bags of horse feed from breeder-owner Ross Wilson.
The pacer, from Wilson’s outstanding line of Robyn horses descending from Ryal Robyn, has gone from being uncompetitive to winning nine races, placing 22 times and banking $86,000 in stakes.
Mi Furioso Toro (Raging Bull-Miss Badlands-Badlands Hanover) is another success story for Adams.
Bred with Kerry McNulty, Adams also combined with Jones who had the pacer trialling well.
Adams sold the horse to Australian owners and he has gone on to win seven races across the Tasman.
Adams has another Raging Bull in the works in Mechanical Bull, who she has taken north to Canterbury with her with the hope of qualifying from a stand.