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Keeping Up With \ Terry Powell

21 August

Terry Powell has spent much of his life around horses and born and raised in the winterless north he spent his youth on a horse farm and his passion for breeding and racing has never wavered.

Leaving home at a relatively young age Terry spent much of his youth in Rotorua living with his grandparents, “mum was raising a large family of six kids on her own and I moved to Rotorua to take out an apprenticeship and eventually worked in the forestry business”, Powell commented. Returning home some years later Terry’s involvement within the racing industry quickly grew, “I’ve always said it’s a disease with no cure, a bit like Covid”, Powell was quick to add.

Investing in racehorses with friends he added up an impressive 21 shares, among them 17 were winners including some of the best Terry has owned with the likes of Group winners Jazzella (Black Minnaloushe) and Stabinthedark (Daggers Drawn). “Those horses that take you to Australia are great fun, those trips were always pretty social!”

Jazzella has been somewhat of a cornerstone mare for Terry, having raced her in partnership with Peter Woods after purchasing her in conjunction with Donna Logan at the 2005 Yearling Sale for $40,000. Jazzella provided many great moments on the track, a Group 3 winner on two separate occasions, the ARC Kings Plate and the Cambridge Breeders Stakes, in addition to multiple Group placings saw her retire with six wins and over $300,000 in prize money. She is still part of Terry’s band of mares and her breeding record over the years slightly patchy, “she has missed on a few occasions, twice to Zabeel, once to Makfi and also to Reliable Man. She is safely infoal to Telperion now and I have an El Roca filly from her who is a stunning yearling”.

Looking back on the success which has provided good memories, Terry points to one horse in particular with great fondness, the one-time winner Nicknack (Faltaat) who was the first horse Terry bred, raced and won with. “I love breeding, and when you see them win it’s like watching your children do well”. Then jockey Mark Sweeney was onboard at his first start which was a disappointing last over 1150m at Paeroa. “I can remember Mark telling me the run wasn’t that bad and while Kenny Rae who trained him was keen to sack him, I was keen to press on”, Powell admits. He would run third to eventual winner Solid Billing (Rock Of Gibraltar) before claiming his maiden at his next start. “He was an interesting story, I had acquired the mare from Nicki Oberholster and when he passed in at the Yearling Sale I was left with him, the day he won at Whangarei was a proud moment!”

A self-proclaimed, “under the radar” breeder, Terry now mates a small number of mares each year with the intention to race and trade. “I’m not what you’d call a commercial breeder, I do it because I love it and I know how to take the setbacks!! I have a great relationship with Westbury Stud, Russell’s knowledge is phenomenal, and I should listen to it more! The farm staff and office team have been great to deal with, it is an association that makes it fun.

Pictured \ Telperion