Leah riding her prize horse, Lucky Call.
Leah riding her prize horse, Lucky Call.

Leah and Lucky Call are winners

ONE IN a million - that’s what everyone at Grafton Pony Club is saying about likeable racehorse Lucky Call.

The retired five-year-old thoroughbred is making a name for himself off the race track as a standout performer on the Pony Club circuit.

Lucky Call was a Christmas present for Grafton Pony Club member 11-year-old Leah Kilner and at the recent Grafton Pony Club Gymkhana Leah and her new best friend won four events.

What is amazing according to Leah is Lucky Call has taken virtually no time at all to adjust to his new discipline.

“Lucky had his last race on Boxing Day at Ballina over 1900 metres and a couple of days later I rode him at the Grafton Pony Club Rally Day,” Leah said.

“Most race horses don’t go into competition at Pony Club until they have been rested; they usually stick them in the paddock for 12 months for a spell.

“It takes about two or three years before they learn their new discipline.”

At almost 16 hands high Lucky stands out in the crowd and towers over most other Pony Club horses.

But with a relaxed manner and placid personality Leah said she feels completely safe in the saddle.

“I used to ride him bareback when he was in work and the first time I rode him at Pony Club he was so relaxed and good-natured…he hasn’t put a foot wrong.

“Everything I ask him to do he has a go at.”

Leah’s other horse, Britney, suffered an injury and has been out of action for months so when asked which horse was her favourite Leah sat on the fence.

“I like to ride both of them…I’d probably split the events. They are both lovely horses and get on together although Lucky Call does get a bit dominant around feed time,” she said.

Lucky Call’s career as a thoroughbred never reached any great heights although according to Leah he did manage a highlight from 33 starts

“He had one win, one second and eight thirds so he did all right I suppose,” she said.

Leah, daughter of colourful racing identity and trainer Greg Kilner, said she has riding lessons once a week and hopes Lucky Call and she can excel in the Flat Riding event at the Grafton Show on April 30.

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