Far from a star racehorse, Tadpole – who raced as Liquid Courage (Teofilo x Remy) – collected all of $1200 during his five-start career. Following the sudden passing of her previous horse, Molly Lines – then aged 13 – purchased Tadpole from show jumper Hayley Coman as a not long off-the-track (OTT) six-year-old. He’d had a super introduction to his post-racing career thanks to Hayley but was yet to set foot on a cross country course or compete in the dressage arena. Molly’s original plan was to train him up and move him on after a couple of years – yet their partnership went from strength to strength, and they are still together six years later.
Until Taddy came along, Molly had only competed to EvA80 level. Last year, they won the CCI2*J at Melbourne International Three-Day event (MI3DE) and have since enjoyed wins at three-star level and finished in the top 10 at Adelaide Equestrian Festival this year in the CCI3*L. Most recently, they won their first four-star start at Ballarat International Horse Trials.
We caught up with 19-year-old Molly following their latest win to find out more about her quirky yet lovable 11-year-old Thoroughbred…
EQ LIFE: Last year you won the CCI2*L-J at MI3DE – how have you and Taddy progressed since then?
MOLLY: Since Melbourne last year, Taddy and I have consolidated ourselves at three-star level, as we had only had a couple of starts at that level at the time. First up we competed at Friends of Werribee Horse Trials CCN3*S and then Spring Horse Trials in the CCI3*S, where he took home the win both weekends.
Together, we were selected as a part of the Australian Young Rider team to compete in the Oceania Championships in Hastings, New Zealand, in March this year. Due to the extreme weather events devastating such a large proportion of the country, the event was unfortunately cancelled. Aside from this, we had just one off day in the CCI3*S at the Summer Horse Trials at Werribee, where I chose to retire him from cross country. Other than that, he’s placed second at both Tonimbuk and Wandin in the CCI3*S; seventh overall, second in the Young Rider, and Best Performed OTT in the CCI3*L at Adelaide Equestrian Festival; and now first at Ballarat in our first CCI4*S.
EQ LIFE: Adelaide was always a goal for you – what was that experience like and how did you feel it went?
MOLLY: Adelaide was the most amazing experience. The event itself was absolutely incredible – shout-out to the team who put the event together. I couldn’t even imagine how much time and effort went into organising everything for that week.