John Best Racing has worked with professional horsemen Gary and Craig Witheford for a number of years "starting" the yearlings and then later in their career at the barrier trials. John Best believes that it's important for the yearlings to have the best possible introduction to a saddle, bridle and rider. That's why working with Gary and Craig, who have many years of experience and understanding in this field, has proved such a success. The starting process for each yearling generally takes less than 30 minutes and it's a fascinating spectacle for the team and owners.
When the horses are ready for their first introduction to starting stalls and a racetrack, they are taken to a Witheford barrier trial. The process of the youngsters going into the stalls and jumping out onto the track in this professional environment is another way in which the horses have the best possible introduction into another key element of training.