Empire Down | Leaving a Legacy.

Empire Down, a 2010 grey mare by Grey Swallow, proved her heart was not in racing – retiring from the track after only three starts.

Affectionately known as Dora, Empire Down was rehomed to Rosa and Brittany Porter who introduced Dora to eventing. In early 2018, Keyara Guthrie was on the lookout for a new equine partner and, with the recommendation of Megan Worthington, Keyara decided to take the plunge and purchase Dora.

Keyara, who lives with a disability, states “[I] was at first reluctant to get a thoroughbred, but Dora would go on to show me that I made the right choice”.

“At the start, Dora was a challenging ride for me as a rider. Once she started to understand what everything was about, she transformed into an amazing, simple ride with a very willing attitude” Keyara continued.

The pair formed a lasting bond and would frequently head out for trail rides, even riding down the road in nothing but a neck rope – “[Dora] always kept me safe” describes Keyara.

Feeling confident in Dora’s training and ability, Keyara let her younger sister, Kiera, take the ride on Dora at the 2018 Alcoa CIC held in Fairbridge. The duo had a fantastic time competing over the course of the weekend in what was Dora’s first EvA80 eventing start.

In 2019, Keyara and Dora competed at the Murray Horse and Pony Club ODE in the EvA 65 class, finishing on their dressage score, and placing first in their class!

“In her three and a half years with [me], Dora stole the hearts of everyone who met her and had the privilege of riding her” Keyara says.

“Dora was the most amazing horse to have around the stables… she was easy and quiet, but also demanded your attention” Keyara continued.

Empire Down was sadly laid to rest in late 2021.

Off the Track WA would like to extend our sympathies to Keyara, and all those that had the privilege of meeting Dora – she will be sorely missed.

  • Photo credit: Lucky Penny Photos

  • Photo credit: Lucky Penny Photos

  • Photo credit: Lucky Penny Photos