Jane Thomas specialises in pre-training racehorses, as well as spelling and recuperation. She has worked in the SA Racing Industry since 1990. She held an open trainers license with the National Horse Racing Authority from 1990 – 2000. Jane’s success in the racing world and her ability to understand the fundamentals of South African racing led her to start a pre-training facility at Far End in 2000.
The horses are schooled and conditioned both mentally and physically for the rigors of full training. The horses are turned out into safe paddocks which contribute to a happy learning environment. Jane also schools them through starting stalls, and teaches them confidence to approach and stand in the stalls quietly. Jane is assisted by Anna Riddle, who has over 20 years experience in the South African racing industry. Far End is fortunate to have a vet Dr. Carryn Waterman living permanently on the property, as well as being assisted by Almiray and Mooi River Veterinary practices, and with a night watchman and 24 hour supervision, the horses are in good hands. Jane pre-trains for some of South Africa’s leading trainers and owners, including Charles Laird, Robbie Sage, Wendy Whitehead, Colin Scott, Mark Dixon, Marcus Jooste, Fred Crabbia, World Wide Bloodstock, Cecil Baitz, Braam van Huyssteen and Richard Fitzgerald. Stud Farms that support Jane include Spring Valley, Klawervlei, Scott Brothers, Bush Hill and Middlefield Stud. Jane also prepares horses for Ready-To-Run sales. Last year 10 horses were prepared for the sale realized the highest average of all the horses on the sale, and testimony to Jane’s ability to turn a horse out and realize its full potential. Jane offers to help with yearling selections at all major horse sales, which is provided free for horses that are pre-trained at Far End Farm. A few of the horses Jane has pre-trained include Warning Zone, Saddlewood, Warm White Night (now standing his first season as a stallion at Klawervlei) Count The Money, Urabamba, Dunsinane, Bedloes Island, Grey Cossack, Fighting Warrior, Merlene de Lago and National Spirit, to name but a few.