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The Spring Racing Carnival is now behind us for 2016. Ivica Zubac Jersey . It left racing fans across Australia and the world with many great memories of fantastic racing on the track and many great performances by highly gifted and, in some cases, some very expensive thoroughbreds.Some will go on to even greater heights, such as Winx, whom we are all hoping can stretch her Cox Plate streak to a record-equaling three wins next October. Similarly, Guineas and Derby-winning colts and fillies will be looking to see their stock prices reach new peaks with even richer successes.But for some horses, their racing careers might be coming to an end. What happens then? An event in Melbourne this week -- Equitana -- showcases just how horses, successful or unsuccessful on the track, can continue their competitive prospects in some very positive ways.Beginning on Thursday, Equitana is a four-day competition and exhibition with shows and events for everything equine; from stock horses to brumbies and thoroughbreds in show jumping to barrel racing. If you like horses of all sorts, and can get to Melbourne, then ESPN may now have sorted your weekend for you.A key part of Equitana will be participation of thoroughbreds in the off the track showjumping and showing showcases -- a program spearheaded by Racing Victoria, the governing body of thoroughbred racing in that state.One competitor who will garner a lot interest is Sirmione, formerly trained by 12-time Melbourne Cup-winning trainer and racing legend, the late Bart Cummings.Twice a Group 1 winner, Sirmione won the 2007 Mackinnon Stakes in an upset result at 60-1 and the 2008 Australian Cup, both over 2000 metres at Flemington. A life at stud was never an option for the gelding but a career in other competitive sport was; and he has become comparatively successful.He was a very well put together animal, Peter Mertens, who rode Sirmione to both Group 1 wins, told ESPN. He always had show stamped on him.Ive seen some of them coming through racing and they dont do too well as a winning prospect on the track but theyve been very good at showjumping, added the seven-time Group 1-winning jockey who now enjoys his own retirement from race riding.He used to get around the mounting yard and carry himself really well. He had that look about him. He was always on his toes and had that really good look about him. It is no surprise at all that hes gone on to do well there.Mertens said he rated Sirmione one of the best horses that he had achieved such high levels of success aboard.From his racing days spent at Cummings stable at Flemington, Sirmione is now under the care of Off The Track trainer Fiona McIntyre; he calls Inverleigh home, west of Melbourne.McIntyre is a trainer of show horses who has also now turned her attention to re-training thoroughbreds towards new horizons.Not all ex-racehorses have the temperament to go onto these [different] disciplines, McIntyre said. Sirmione took to showing incredibly well. His transition from being a racehorse to was one of the easiest that I have been involved in.He behaves and doesnt bat an eye lid on the big stages; he goes out and performs every time.Sirmione enjoyed a second placing at last years Adelaide Show.There has some very negative press over time on the treatment of horses in their post-racing days, and historically there were few options for thoroughbreds to continue in a competitive environment. Racing Victorias manager of equine welfare Raelene Harrison says there has been significant progress made in the past few years to bring about positive change.Harrison said that 40 re-trainers had been accredited under Off The Track since the program commenced in 2012, and Racing Victoria hoped to see 20 more in the next 18 months.A challenge for racings authorities has been to pave a way for the growing number of horses retiring and steering them towards other positive opportunities. Many more thoroughbreds are now going into new stables and mixing it with other breeds. Some take to it, others dont.Success on the track isnt necessarily a pre-requisite for success off of it, but Sirmione is leading the charge on the for retired racehorses on the equestrian stage while another blue-riband performer, 2006 Group 1 Australian Derby winner Headturner, is leading a sedate life as a pleasure-riding horse for a 75-year-old lady on the Victoria beachside suburb of Leongatha.The competitive circuit is expanding. These horses have had the opportunity to return to the races in their current pursuits at demonstration events held during racemeetings at Caulfield and Mornington. Spectators have been able to get up close to showjumping events with temporary, but attractive, courses set up on the public lawns.Precedence is another Cummings-trained successful galloper who is destined to perform off the track under McIntyres care. The gelding notched two wins in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) and ran in four Melbourne Cups, with his best result a sixth placing in 2014. A year after retiring from racing, McIntyre is about to embark on the geldings retraining towards a showjumping career.The expansion and willingness of thoroughbred racing participants to progress their retired chargers to showing or dressage has been a boost for the competitive equine industries, too.To be fair, we only used to get the slow ones who didnt make it into our stables but now there are top-line performers like Sirmione coming through, McIntyre said.Equitana Melbourne is being held at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds until Sunday. The thoroughbreds will take centre stage on Friday and Sunday. Jerome Robinson Jersey . 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In this weeks post, Im supposed to tell you about cross training and other ways I prepare for a marathon besides running. Dont worry, Ill get to that. But first I need to tell you about my runs on Saturday and Sunday and how I feel like got my groove back -- or at least part of it.Saturday was easily the best run of this training cycle. It wasnt a particularly difficult run -- just 10 easy miles. But it felt easy, and I hit the runners high early on. Im not going to lie, my confidence was shaken when I injured my foot a couple of weeks ago, and ever since then Ive been skeptical of my ability to run the New York marathon the way I want.But just minutes before I went out on my run on Saturday, someone very close to me told me, I want you to have the confidence you had when I met you. I took that to heart. I returned 10 miles later, basically jumping with joy because I had found my mojo again. The next six weeks didnt seem as daunting as they previously did.Sunday was another easy 10-mile run, and it was perfect for a different reason. It was a brisk morning, it finally felt like fall and I could wear my favorite outfit: shorts and long sleeve shirt. The sun was shining, the leaves were starting to change and I was in my happy place again -- putting one foot in front of the other. I really felt my confidence coming back.Now, back to cross-training and stretching. Its thought that no pain, no gain gets you progress, but I dont really believe that message, especially after injuring my foot and hamstring this year. I do believe your body can do more than you think it can, especially if your mental capacity is strong. But thats no reason to push through an injury. Instead, there are things you can do to help your body be more well-rounded and better able to handle the pain of pounding pavement.The first is to make sure you have proper warm-up and cool-down. Theres a common misconception that one should do static stretching before any physical activity. But its is much better to do dynamic stretching before working out because it warms the muscles up. Static stretching benefits you after exercising, as the muscles are aalready warm and the goal is to cool them down. Cheap Clippers Jerseys. ve found that doing a minimum of four dynamic stretches before a run helps me tremendously -- then I dont need to spend as much time warming up my muscles during the first mile. Examples of dynamic stretches I do include high knees and butt-kicks. As far as cooling down, I am huge fan of using a foam roller, a softball and elastic band to loosen back up. These tools really help me get a complete body stretch and build strength.And then theres cross-training. I do at least one day a week on the elliptical as a modification to my training because of my hamstring injury. But cross-training also includes lifting, core workouts and other sports and workout methods. This summer I picked up golf. Im trying to play at least once a week before the good weather runs out. Its a different pace than running, but I still use my legs and engage my core. I also like to practice yoga, which helps me do more stretching and meditate.Training for a marathon is not all about running. Cross training is an excellent way to have a well-rounded, strong body going into a race. And now I really feel like Ive gotten back on track. As the late Arnold Palmer said, Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated. So is running, but its also extremely gratifying. This weekend, running rewarded my efforts, and I couldnt feel more elated about where this journey is headed.Training Notebook:Longest run: 16 miles Hardest run: Four, 1.5-mile runs at 7:50-minute-per-mile pace (didnt hit pace each time, but the principle of the run made it difficult) Highest weekly mileage: 50.3 miles Biggest accomplishment: Completing every workout since writing the last blog and finally feeling like I got some of my mojo backMegan Flood is a seven-time marathoner and half marathoner. She is on a quest to qualify for the Boston Marathon and hopes New York 2016 is her ticket to Boston. You can follow her progress every other week here on espnW.com and on Twitter @meganflood11. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' '