Horseman Rick Worthington Passed Away – Death | Dead – Obituary
Rick Worthington Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Rick Worthington.
Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.
This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.
today i lost a boss & a friend Rick Worthington 💔
I just don’t know what to say or feel. It breaks my heart writing this & most of all not being able to visit.
Since we first met, when i was working with Clarry, i came to respect & admire you as a horseman & more importantly as a person.
In the 2yrs since we joined forces together, the respect & admiration for you has grown 10 fold, the joy we get together when our girls salute the winning post is undeniable & a sense of achievement working together to get the results we crave for. Especially, Steel Diamond winning her Sat Metro, I’m certain there is a Group race earmarked for her & i know we would achieve it together.
I know we haven’t always seen eye to eye, but i guess all good working relationships have those moments.
I wished there was a magic wand that could reverse all of this for you.
Just know that you are loved & admired by the 3 of us (Rikki Demi & myself) we appreciate everything you have done for us & the care & compassion you have given us, as though we were your own flesh & blood.
💔 Rest Easy mate
Rick T Worthington (1960-2020)
A true horseman has been lost to our industry today..
Rick was the boy from the bush, A Navy man, an incredibly successful Breaker Pretrainer and Trainer.
I first met Rick in the very early 1990’s so many years ago when he was our breaker and Pretrainer and he had horses in the top
stables around the country. I used to love reading his updates on our babies once a week. Not only were they insightful but also often gave you a peek into your horses personalities and character but also a glimpse of Rick’s sense of humour..
He educated some lovely horses for my former employer His Excellency Nassah Looter of Emirates Park. The likes of Faiza Moonflute Darbas Odeascay Be My Bride Courvoisier Al Maher Fatoon Shamekha only to name a few.
A little about the man himself..
Born in Bowral NSW 1960. He left home at 15 to join the Navy and see the world. Rick served 3 years and 18 went ringing in NW NSW and then onto the TOP END NT..
He came home late 1980’s and began breaking in and pretraining horses in 1990 He received a call from The Master TJ Smith asking about breaking in horses and the rest really is history.
The likes of Snitzel, Redouts Choice, Exceed and Excel, Schillarci, Encosta Delargo, Flying Spur went through his hands but to name a few so many great.
He was a crack shot, A Panpac Medal winner having represented Australia in Martial Arts. A true testament of how tough this man was Physically as well as Mentally. Of which he needed all in 2012.
His 20 year marriage has just ended and he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma. The fight for his life was just starting.
Dr’s operated on Rick leaving massive scars but unfortunately they didn’t get it all. He battled depression losing his wife, 3 children and cancer in 2013 it was a tough year.
Rick dug deep with a mental and physical fortitude that put a lot of us to shame. While holding a country trainers licence while running Danric Lodge breaking and Pretraining he wanted more.
So he set about getting his Metropolitan licence and accruing stables at Warwick Farm he began another chapter of story life were beginning.
169 career Wins and a decent strike rate. Rick was also a board member of the NSW Trainers Association and President and member of the Warwick Farm Trainers association.
Rick was and forever will be a great Horseman.
He was honest hard working perfectionist driven Always a gentleman.
He will be missed by me and so many others.
Rest well Rick you deserve to hang up your boots and helmet.
We are still working on getting more details about the death, as a family statement on the death is yet to be released.