The international horseman who broke in the two-time Queensland Horse-of-the-Year, Colt Thirty One, never thought the brilliant entire would be as good as what he is now.
“He was a nice type. I think I got him when he was about 14 months old. He was well mannered and was always happy to do the work, but I never thought he would be this good.
“Fame Assured was broken in the same year. She was different. She stood out from day one and looked and felt like she was always going to make it. She was ahead of herself and hinted to me that she might be a bit special.
“She’s now one of Queensland’s best pacing mares, and that never really surprised me, but Colt Thirty One sure did,” said German national, Tobias Raeth.
Raeth, who has worked in both his homeland and Sweden breaking in and preparing young horses, came to Egmont Park Stud in Biddeston five-and-a-half years ago.
“I don’t work with the stallions like Mr Feelgood, Ohoka Punter, or Gotta Go Cullect, so Colt Thirty One is definitely the best horse I have had anything to do with at Egmont Park Stud.
“He was a good horse to break in. He never walked away and loved his work. He really enjoyed going up and racing alongside horses. That’s what I will remember most about him,” Raeth said.
“And to think one day I might be working with his babies,” he added.
Raeth was born in a rural community about an hour south of Stuttgart, the city renown for manufacturing Mercedes-Benz and Porsche vehicles.
He graduated from the University of Stuttgart with a degree in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, and it was while he was in full-study-mode he became hooked on the standardbred.
“I was 19 at the time and a man named Ludwig Baisch introduced me to the breed. Before that I had always loved horses and been involved in pony clubs and equestrian events.
“He lived in the next Village sold the trotters on as riding horses after breaking them into saddle. Every fortnight he would get a couple more horses until the stage he must have had more than 100. He taught me the ropes and off I went. I haven’t looked back since.
“I absolutely love the standardbred breed and would never look back now. I have the perfect job in one of Australia’s biggest and best stud farms. Daniela (wife) and the kids (Julia 10 and Niklas 5) love it here.
“Both of our children were born in Australia, and we are here to stay. Peter and Leean (Bell) are just so wonderful to work for,” Raeth said.
He said he especially liked the fact that quality horses had time to develop and build strength on the picturesque, 1800-acre property, which is the largest of its kind in Queensland.
“Time is of the essence here, and good horses need time to develop. The moist mineral rich spoils and pastures provide the best possible foundation for our horses. The on-going one-to-one care is 365 days a year,” Raeth said.
Raeth said he discovered Australia in 1994 at the age of 23 when he undertook a University exchange for a year in 1994.
“I was impressed with Australia from day one. I always wanted to come back, so Daniela and I bought a Macadamia Farm near Lismore in New South Wales.
“We married the year after and Australia has now been our home for 14 years. I have no regrets whatsoever. I’m not home-sick, but I do miss my old friends and family,” Raeth said.
“We are forever grateful to Vic Frost and Gail Geeson for pointing us in the right direction. We heard of the Egmont Park job through them, and now nearly six years later we are happier than we have ever been,” Raeth said.
“It’s just good working with quality and not having to rush them. It’s also heartening to watch the horses develop from little foals into equine athletes. That’s very heartening,” he added.