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David has one of the most interesting histories amongst the current crop of thoroughbred trainers in Australia.

Growing up in the Riverina area of New South Wales, working with horses was a part of daily life for David.

David represented Australia in Europe, Japan and America, as part of the Australian Show Jumping team. He made the team in 1990 and became Captain of the Australian Team in 1992. In 1994 he was a reserve for the World Championship Team and in 1995 he successfully competed in Europe, and was named as part of the Australian Team for the Olympic Qualifiers.

 David riding Zaphod at Melbourne Show in 1998

David riding Zaphod at Melbourne Show in 1998.  Zaphod is still an integral part of daily life here at Wellington Park.  He works with young horses and breakers, at 25 he is still going strong.

In 2000 he was short-listed for the Sydney Olympic Games Team, riding Cadbury. Cadbury was found as a dressage horse and was nutured and trained into one of the best showjumpers Australia has seen.  David has continued to use his horsemanship skills in seeing a horses potential early and nuturing this skill to produce the best horse possible.

At the same time as he was representing Australia around the world in the Show Jumping arena, David was also developing his interests in training racehorses.

David Brideoake in July 2011

In 1986, David began training racehorses, primarily his aim was to buy young horses, get them going and on sell them to Singapore and Macau.

In 1990, he started to establish himself as a trainer, with a small team of horses, this team was kept small as David was still heavily involved in the Showjumping industry.

However, after the success of Burrowye Lord in the 1998 Grand National Steeplechase and Centrix in the 1999 National Hurdle, David increased his focus on training racehorse and following the 2000 Olympics, David gave away the showjumping game and became a 'fulltime' racehorse trainer. The showjumping blood still runs deep in his family as his daughter still competitively rides at a high level.

David has had considerable success with steeplechasers and hurdlers in the past, however the focus for the stable now is on acquiring and developing horses that can be competitive at the highest level on the flat. In 2000, David received a nomination for the prestigious Fred Hoysted Award for excellence in training.

On-site trainingBrideoake Racing has continued to grow and flourish over the years.  David prefers a boutique stable arrangement so the horses can get the hands on attention they need.

David's son, Thomas joined his father in the training game after graduating from Melbourne University with a degree of Animal Science and Management and bought many new thoughts to the process of training. Tom's skills have recently earned him a leading position in the Caulfield stables of Peter Moody.

After spending over 12 months travelling abroad and working for Ed Dunlop in England, Tom now runs the agistment and breeding operation up at Violet Town in North Central Victoria.

 

 

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David Brideoake pictureDavid has one of the most interesting histories amongst the current crop of thoroughbred trainers in Australia.

Growing up in the Riverina area of New South Wales, working with horses was a part of daily life for David.