This piece of fictional fun is a chance for us to be introduced to one of the SIMS jockeys based on a popular TV show that features Comedians and Coffee.
WELCOME TO THE ANOTHER EPISODE OF “JOCKEYS ON HORSES GETTING MILK”.
On today’s show we are riding on two Australian Stock Horses. Possibly the world’s most versatile horse – a fine working and performance animal, renowned for its intelligence, athletic ability, speed, quiet temperament and stamina. The Australian Stock Horse stands fourteen to sixteen hands and is an outstanding horse for cattle herding and still in great demand. It is a good general riding horse and suitable for competitions, rodeos, campdrafting, show jumping, dressage, polo and polocrosse. Today we are riding on “Arvo” and “Chockers”.
My guest today is Fritz Miller, one of the veterans in the world of SIM Jockey with thirty-two years under his belt. Fritz calls Australia home and is known in the community as a gentleman that is kind and supportive to all. All who work with him speak highly of his work ethic and calm nature.
I’m DUNN and this is “JOCKEYS ON HORSES GETTING MILK”!
Dunn(on phone): Hey Fritz its Dunn, I’m in the neighborhood and have two great horses for us to ride. Want to go for Milk?
Fritz (on phone): I would love to Dunn, I have been looking forward to your call.
DUNN ARRIVES AT FRITZ’S HOUSE
Dunn: What do you think of our rides today?
Fritz: Great looking horse Dunn! Actually, the first ride I ever had was when I was eight years old and it was at a Polo match on an “Aussie Stock”.
Dunn: These two beauties are dressage horses and both have competed at the World Equestrian Games.
DUNN AND FRITZ SADDLE UP
Dunn: So you are one of the veteran Jockey’s in the SIM. What is that like?
Fritz: Well, I guess for me the big thing is I don’t get as many rides as I did earlier in my career. This year I only have one hundred and thirty starts compared to some Jockeys that have over one thousand. I still feel like I can compete and keep myself in shape and hope more starts will come my way as the year progresses. The good news is I am still finishing in the money in close to half of my races so I can still pay the bills.
Dunn: Do you see yourself racing for many more years to come?
Fritz: You know, hopefully Mike will keep me in the game for a few more years and I can win a few more big races. My youngest brother Marty races out of Victoria and he has lots of years left so if I did stop racing myself I could see myself managing his career and maybe a few other local mates that I have mentored over the years.
Dunn: What is the biggest change that you have seen in Horse Racing over the years?
Fritz: I guess the biggest thing is the fact that people don’t have to come to the track to watch the races anymore. They can stay at home and watch and bet online or come to the track and watch simulcasts of races all over the world and bet on those. I miss the crowds and the excitement of hearing people cheering the horse that they bet on from start to finish.
Dunn: You have spent your whole career at Queensland while some others have sought success elsewhere. Why did you never leave home?
Fritz: My family is there and I was able to make good living without having to spend a lot of time away from home. I am the oldest of five children and my Mum is still living so I feel responsibility to be there for her. I also try to be as active as I can be in my kids life and be a Dad while making a living to keep a roof over our heads.
Dunn: Do you have a favorite horse that you have worked with over the years?
Fritz: Yes I do, he is a seven year old son of Moshe named “Eclips” who runs out of the aladar01 barn. We teamed up back in March 2017 and he really responded nice to my encouragement down the home stretch to win by half a length over nine and a half furlongs. He has been on a great run of late finishing in the money in six straight. I hope I get ride him again soon and play a part in keeping his streak going.
Dunn: It has been great getting to know you today Fritz. I hope you get another few years at the track. Thanks for being my guest today. Are you ready for some Milk?
DUNN AND FRITZ ENTER RESTAURANT “THE MILK BAR”
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