Horrified when she saw a racehorse on national television that she had ridden for 18 months, the Queensland jockey was heartbroken determined to make a positive difference.

And Cheshire is delivering on its promise recently elected as the new president of the horse rescue organization Save A Horse Australia, which currently looks after around 80 horses on 77 hectares in Beaudesert.

Gold Coast-based Cheshire has always been passionate about horse welfare but was empowered to reform the treatment of ex-racehorses after seeing a horse she loved being tortured and killed.

Secret hidden camera footage revealed in 2019 as part of the ABC 7.30 report investigation into the abuse of racehorses made them sick.

It featured War Ends, a racehorse that Cheshire had ridden regularly on railroad tracks and was tortured and killed by slaughterhouse workers.

Cheshire had spent years making sure War Ends were looked after as it kept being sold and passed around.

The jockey had no idea of ​​his grisly fate until she saw the ABC that evening.

She’s vowed to improve the lives of discarded horses, and she turned words into action.

“I couldn’t imagine what was going on watching TV that night. I was horrified, it just opened my eyes to some of the things that can happen after the race,” said Cheshire.

“It disappointed me with the racing industry and it disappointed me that nobody seemed to do anything about it.”

“War Ends was a horse I rode every day for probably 18 months. It was a difficult horse to deal with, but I loved him.

“My passion now is horse rescue. We accept horses that are in a bad situation, be it from the sales yards or from horses that are handed in or brought to the RSPCA.

“We currently have about 80 horses in foster care and seven in foster families with other people who have them on their property who look after them.”

Cheshire has always been a staunch advocate of horse welfare and has campaigned with racing authorities to reform the post-race life for Thoroughbreds.

The jockey, who has not raced in over a year for various surgical repairs to her aching shoulder, has big plans for the horse rescue organization she now leads.

She points out that the charity cares about every breed of horse – not just ex-racehorses.

“I want to upgrade our property so we can go on tours and the public can come out and see what we do with these horses,” says Cheshire.

“I would also like to raise some money for our charity by reimbursing the people at the gate to get through for a tour.

“I’ve always had a passion for horse welfare, but seeing what happened to War Ends only made me more determined to make a difference.

“Since I was seven years old, I’ve been telling anyone who would listen that I love horses and that I wanted to be a jockey.

“I didn’t even know what a jockey was – I didn’t know you had to be little and I just knew you had to ride and get paid for it.”