Shory Park is well-known for their work with Off The Track Throughbreds. As one of Racing Victoria’s Acknowledged Retrainers, we retrain and rehome over 100 thoroughbreds each year to caring forever homes.
At Shory Park, our philosophy is to produce horses of a high standard and quiet nature. We are committed to provide our horses with the upmost care and give each horse the very best chance at a new future Off The Track.
We are renowned for the care and well being of our horses and pride ourselves on their condition and presentation.
Each horse OTT comes directly from horse trainer or owner who can reliably supply us with background information including any soundness, vices and quirks. We have a great rapport with many local trainers who understand exactly which horses will fit into our retraining program.
When each horse arrives at Shory Park they undergo a full assessment, both physically and mentally to see where they are at. Once, farrier, dentist and body worker has been over them we send them out to spell for a minimum of 3 months to let down. This is the most crucial stage of our retraining program and we see huge improvements in the horses over this time. We find once horses are spelled, any tension they carried from racing is released and horses start work in a much clearer state of mind.
Horses then commence groundwork which is a great time for us to assess each horse. This provides them with the tools they will need to be confident and willing riding horses for the future. During their ridden work horses are exposed to a variety of different situations and environments to prep them for the next stages in their future careers. We head out to local pony clubs, go XC schooling, plenty of road riding and of course a nice introduction to flat work and jumping.
Once horses are sold we offer follow up coaching to ensure smooth sailing after purchase (within travel limits).
All our horses are sold with a guarantee – if you don’t gel with your new partner they are welcomed back for sales preparation at a heavily discounted rate of $300 per week inc GST. Until we find them a more suited home.
Our facilities include:
Private Paddocks with Equirope horse safe fencing
All weather 60 x 30m arena
Hot wash with tie ups
Access to quiet roads
XC and showjumps
Free jumping facilities
Ample day yards
Small paddocks/ yards for injured horses
Pony safe paddocks
Equestrian Centre (Woolbrae) with full show jumping course and XC only 200m away
Local Pony club only 5km away
Indoor access only 3km to use over winter
We offer sales preparation from ponies through to star class eventers. We have tailored packages to suit just everyone and horses of all different levels of education.
PRICES: $400 INC GST per week (first two weeks are required up front and are non – refundable). Plus 10% commission taken at time of successful sale. Price includes, agistment, full hard feeding and basic supplements twice daily plus ad lib hay, rugging/unrugging twice daily and horses schooled 5-6 days a week. All viewings included at no extra cost.
Price is determined by owner with the professional opinion of Shory Park after we have had a bit of time to work with the horse/pony and put them through their paces.
We specialise in - re training for thoroughbreds and all breeds:
Bring back to work after a spell or injury
Re-education and problem solving
Further educating young horses or freshly broken
Further exposure, trail riding, XC schooling etc.
PRICES: $400 INC GST per week (first two weeks are required up front and are non – refundable).
Price includes, agistment, full hard feeding and basic supplements twice daily plus ad lib hay, rugging / unrugging twice daily and horses schooled 5-6 days a week. Off-property training included. Competitions fees are an additional charge.
I can’t thank Nicki enough for the work she is putting in with my daughter and her new pony. They are both totally different now. She is a fantastic instructor and a lovely person too.
Lisa McMeekin - March 16th, 2019
Thank you Nikki and Shory Park professional team for finding our horse a perfect match new home. You guys Pryde yourselves in making sure horse and rider are happy! Completely professional honest and caring.
Holly Fair - October 22nd, 2018
A big thank you to Nikki and the team at Shory Park for finding our much loved pony a fantastic new home in such a short time! A friend recommended Nikki as i was a little nervous parting with our pony. As soon as I met Nikki and seen the wonderful facilities at Shory Park I knew she was in great hands. Nikki kept me updated regularly which was very ensuring! I have great confidence knowing my pony has gone to the right home! Thanks Shory Park for making the sale a stress free experience. I would recommend to anyone looking to buy or sell.
Michelle Nicolson - October 9th, 2018
After finding out I needed to have my horse PTS, I started the hunt for my new horse. I had been following Shory Park horses for a while, and thought I’d reach out to Nikki to see if she had any suitable horses for me. She immediately recommended Roo to me. As soon as I saw his for sale ad I was in love!
A few days of (many) questions, photos and videos later, I decided to purchase him sight unseen (I live in SA). Roo arrived a few days later- and he was exactly how Nikki described. He has been an absolute pleasure to handle and ride! I took him to an obstacle course where he went over, around and through everything I pointed him at without question. Thank you so much Nikki for trusting me with Roo. You have been an absolute pleasure to deal with from day one, and your honest description of Roo means I’ve ended up with exactly the type of horse I was looking for :) xx
Kristen Weber-Moll - September 23rd, 2018
I came across Shory Park Horses on Facebook a few weeks ago and decided to go for a 3.5 hour drive to have a look at what they had. I almost instantly fell inlove with one of their ott tb mares they had for sale. After having a ride I was inlove so she came home with me. Nikki and Dave agreed they we were a good match. Since bringing her home I have found that she is everything they said she was and more. They were the most honest people to deal with and made the whole process so easy. I'm over the moon with my new girl. She will be with me forever! Highly recommend the team at Shory Park horses! Nothing but quality. Thanks so much!♡
Sarah Farrugia - February 17th, 2018
Nikki and the girls provided such a genuine and professional service. So friendly, patient and honest. I have found my dream boy in ‘Major’ and I would highly recommend Shory Park Horses. Thanks so much guys.
Monique Tieman - April 9th, 2019
Thank you so much to Nikki and her fabulous team for taking such good care of our pony and finding her a wonderful new home . Communication form Nikki while our pony was there was amazing . Made the whole horse selling experience stress free . Highly recommend Shory Park . So refreshing to see a seller in the horse world that’s really just trying to find the right rider to fit the horse . Not about the money with Nikki . Nikki was recommended to me and I couldn’t be happier . If your either buying a horse or selling a horse give Nikki a ring . It will be the best decision you make.
Mandy Cawrse - June 5th, 2018
Thank you to Nikki and the team at Shory Park, I cannot recommend you highly enough! Nikki was very understanding of what was an very difficult decision but she has found the most amazing home for my boy. She continuously kept me updated and did not miss a beat. I knew my boy was in the best hands possible. I will be forever grateful!
Samantha Hey - March 10th, 2018
A very big thank you to Nikki for all her help with matching our daughter with Barbie. Nikki gave us plenty of time to get to know Barbie when we came for a test ride, answered all our questions with complete honesty and has been great with advice since. We are so happy to welcome Barbie to our home, he is everything we wanted and so much more. Our move from a 13.2 Pony to a 16.1 Horse has been so easy with Barbie. Thank you Nikki!
Robyn Hill - November 26th, 2017
Thank you Nikki and the team, for finding Snoop the best home, couldn't hope for better! It's been an unbelievable service and fun, even while it was tough to let him go.
Fiona Sullivan - January 25th, 2019
So happy with my man Valle. I was after a horse just to plod along on and this is what we do. He is a pleasure to have around. He probably hadn't ever seen crazy kids, goats and sheep in his life but he adjusted to them well. Excellent service and total honesty from Nikki.
Louisa Liddicoat - October 14th, 2017
After struggling to sell our pony Kipper due to lack of time & right sized rider we were at a loss with what to do. Lots had said he'd be worth his weight in gold but we knew he needed some consistent training to get there.
We had been following the Shory Park Facebook page for a while and was constantly impressed with the quality of horses they were advertising. After calling Nikki we were able to take Kipper to her place within a week (very quick on such short notice!). From there Kipper had the utmost care plus quality training & work he really needed. We were given constant updates on how he was doing with photos and phone calls and were astounded with how well he was progressing! A few short weeks later Nikki found the perfect home for Kipper and at a price we were all happy with as well. Highly highly recommend Nikki and her team to absolutely anyone! They have the knowledge, care and connections to help perfectly match riders and horses. Thank you so so so much to everyone part of the Shory Park team!!!
Natasha Ziemer - September 19th, 2017
Cannot thank Nikki enough and her team. A horse with as many quirks as mine well is no mean feat but to sell him so quickly and to the most amazing home I could ask for. Nikki was helpful and understanding of over protective mum, sorry Nikki! But kept me in the loop and made him look amazing and also understood him quickly so that the right home was found. Thanks again!
Karen Chatterton - December 16th, 2018
Thank you to Nikki for your excellent care of Poppy. Nikki took on Poppy (after a long break from racing) and spent time retraining her into a lovely riding horse and then found her a good home. During this process Nikki provided photos of Poppy's progress, allowed me to visit her and answered any questions I had. I highly recommend Nikki and the Shory Park team.
Elizabeth C Allan - April 8th 2018
Nikki has been fantastic both efficient and honest to do business with. Buying a horse sight unseen is scary however Nikki was honest regarding both positive and negatives about my new boy. I'm absolutely thrilled and I'm more than happy to recommend Nikki to anyone considering buying their next horse from her and her team.
Mel McCarthy - 26th November, 2018
Highly recommended team ! Helped me sell my 14 year old thoroughbred gelding to a lovely home. Made a hard decision a lot easier, can't thank them enough! Big thank you to Nikki for looking after my boy as he carries on with his new future home the team at shory park are with you every step of the way !
Leah Filliponi - 28th November 2017
Bought a horse of Nikki a week ago. Very honest seller and I’m completely in love with my new horse would defiantly recommend.
Angelica Brooks - 10th November 2018
We contacted Nikki back in September looking for a young OTT horse. After our second visit we settled on Hutch- The Entrepreneur. Choosing him was probably more a process of elimination but Nikki felt sure he was a good fit for what we were looking for and after seeing him work in the arena we agreed. So we loaded him up and headed off over the West Gate to Gippsland. He travelled beautifully despite the long trip. 2 weeks in and we couldn't be happier with him. He has settled in beautifully and has been a pleasure to get to know. Tonight he had his 1st pony club rally and was super cool. Nikki was honest and great to deal with. Well worth waiting those few months and dealing with someone we could trust.
Cathy Rodwell - January 10th, 2018
We bought Furious Dan 3 weeks ago for our 15 yo daughter and from the time he arrived at his new home he has been the most chilled horse to have around home and to take out! Already self loads onto our straight load float and very easy to handle on the ground and in the saddle! As a mother it’s like I’m waiting for something to happen as he is green but he has been the perfect horse to have around so far and my daughter has already fallen in love with him(and so has her mare) Thanks Nikki and Shory Park Horses
Tracy Hams - 14th December 2018
After a good word of mouth about the reputation Nikki and her business uphold I was honoured to send my beloved horse for training to sell. Nikki and her team did awesome to care and train her. Took all of 3 weeks to find a great home and I would definitely use Shory Park again. Highly recommend!
Laura McKenzie - February 21st, 2018
Thank you Emily and Kiralee (I hope I spelt it right) for your patience and understanding. Very honest and absolutely brilliant to deal with.
Melanie Stirling - 27th October, 2018
Professional and helpful. We found our dream horse at an unbeatable price. They even arranged transport for a boy. Scooby is truely one in a million and we are lucky enough to be his new owners. Thanks again.
Kelly Williamson - April 6th, 2018
Thank you so much Nikki and team for the great job you did in caring for our Tom and finding him a suitable new home. You came highly recommended and I have not be disappointed. You took the stress out of selling him, gave me regular updates and pictures and had Tom out and about in many situations. You were professional and clearly love what you do. Thanks again!!
Michelle De Bonde Westerveld - August 21st, 2018
I can't thank Nikki and her team enough for finding our pony Electra a fantastic new home.The high level of professionalism and communication i received during the the sale process was well above my expectations. I would highly recommend Shory Park to anyone wanting to sell or buy a horse. Thanks so much Nikki you did an awesome job!
Kellie Sanders - 28th October, 2017
Very honest and great to deal with. Nikki is awesome in matching horses to potential riders.
Antonia Baker - August 6th, 2018
A massive thank you to Nikki & her experienced, knowledgeable & all around awesome team at Shory Park for selling our beautiful pony Pepper. We couldn’t be happier that she has gone to a lovely family to continue loving & spoiling her. I would highly recommend Shory Park to anyone, thanks again Nikki!! xx
Claire Anderton - January 25th, 2018
How wonderful to deal with someone so thoughtful and honest. Even after the sale, follow up to help with transport, questions etc have been no bother at all. Wish all horse purchases were this easy. Thank you for everything - Cheeky settling in beautifully and Liana in love with him.
Bronnie Juett - August 11th, 2018
I can't thank Nikki and the girls at Shory Park enough. You all have done an amazing job with the sale of kyle, couldnt be happier that hes gone to a wonderful new home. I highly recommend Nikki and the girls at
Shory Park Horses.
Stephanie Marsal - October 7th, 2017
What an absolutely awesome group of girls I dealt with. Nikki is awesome at what she does and assisted so much in my search for an OTTB. Not only helped with selecting the perfect horse for me but took the time to understand my personal situation and offered lots of helpful advise and help with transport as I am 4 hours away - she was flexible with hours and I cannot recommend Shory Park enough! Thanks girls, absolutely wrapped with my new best mate.
Stacey Arnott - September 18th, 2017
A huge thank you to Nikki and the team at Shory Park. What an ability to match rider to horse, to look after the seller and buyer at the same time, but most importantly to have the horses' welfare as paramount. We're so happy our horse has found a lovely new home. I too cannot recommend Nikki and Shory Park highly enough.
Alison Kinghorn - March 21st, 2019
I highly recommend Nikki and her team at Shory Park. I didn’t have the time to sell my mare and they made the process so easy and stress free. Best of all they found her the perfect home! I will definitely use them again!!
Georgie Leloup - December 31st, 2017
Thank you sooo much to Nikki and the rest of the girls at Shory Park for finding my beautiful girl a perfect home. I am a busy mum with our own business and the thought of trying to sell my mare was just overwhelming. Nikki is a beautiful person where nothing was ever too much trouble. Super easy to deal with, always quick to respond to my (many) messages (sorry about that) but honestly I would recommend shory Park to anyone who is thinking of selling their horse but doesn’t have the time to answer all the queries or be home for viewings. I always knew my mare was safe, well looked after, and her welfare always at the forefront. I also put my trust in Nikki to find the perfect home ( and respect her honesty in telling me if potential buyers were not suitable). Just a weight of my shoulders really and I would do it again tomorrow. (Hopefully I never have to!!) You’re awesome, thanks again Nikki :-)
Lisa Tolmie - November 5th, 2018
Finally getting around to this Nikki! A huge thankyou for your wonderful support when viewing 'Super Ted (Polo) following the unexpected retirement of my daughters much loved mare (she's with us forever). So to say that Polo had big shoes to fill is an understatement - but he's doing it. Highly recommend Nikki and crew - worth a first port of call when horse hunting.
Rebecca Phillips - January 23rd, 2018
Thank you so much to Nikki and her team for putting in so much time and effort into bringing Missy back in work and finding her a wonderful home! I could not be happier with the service that Shory Park provided and knowing that Missy was being well look after. I could not recommend Nikki and her team more highly. Thanks again!
Donna Leitch - May 8th, 2018
A massive thank you to Nikki and the team, especially Alana for helping us choose the wonderful Balco for my daughter. He is such a sweetheart and settled in perfectly. He is exactly the temperament we were looking for.
Yvonne Hunter - July 12th, 2018
I didn't end up finding a fur baby for myself but I could not fault the service and the horses! The horses were amazing and kind, and the service was above what I was expecting! Top notch work guys, keep it up
Stacie Egan - January 5th, 2017
Thankyou to Nikki and the team for the awesome work you guys put into my girl while she was with you and finding an awesome rider for her! Can't thank you enough.
Mel Burchall - March 2nd, 2018
Such lovely people to deal with. And cody sold so quickly to a great home. Great service all round.
Jackie Paul - June 18th, 2018
Well what can I say, I have been sold the perfect match The Terricks is everything and much more! Thank you for entrusting me with this special horse. You guys are the best.
Brooke Atkin - March 19th, 2018
Nikki and her team know their horses so well and always puts the horses first! 2 months later I still can’t believe the horse I came home with! Thanks for making my dreams come true!
Ruby Miller - November 3rd, 2018
Nikki has been fantastic to deal with when selling our mare sending regular updates, offering a very professional and honest service. Highly recommend Shory Park Horses!
Lisa Fritz - November 19th, 2017
The horses are what they are advertised as. We have just purchased little Crabbett mare and she is a real sweetie. Thank you to all you guys.
Angie Howson - March 31st, 2019
Great honest sellers! Couldn’t be happier with our purchase! So nice to see! One girl is very happy with her tyson! Thanks guys
Danyel Riemer - December 28th, 2017
Bought sight unseen. Cruiser was just as described and after sale service and followup has been exceptional. Couldn't recommend highly enough.
Deanna Steley - Hosie - May 6th, 2017