FOR more than a century the Freyer name has been synonymous with training racehorses on the Border.
But the Freyer racing dynasty has sadly come to an end.
Rick is in the process of selling the family's Corowa stables and horses due to ill health to signal the end of an era.
The fourth generation trainer has been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
His father Richard, grandfather Jack and great grandfather Richard were all successful trainers during their era.
Rick, 48, said health battles had forced him to give away his training career prematurely.
"I've been crook for the best part of two years and I've recently been diagnosed with bowel cancer," Freyer said.
"I've quit training to put all my energy into fighting the cancer and hopefully getting well again.
"I'm about to start six months of chemotherapy and I'll see how I handle that.
"The doctors said once I get through that I should be on the road to recovery."
Freyer's father Richard passed away from prostate cancer in 2017, aged 69.
Richard was the dominant training force in the Southern District Racing Association from the 1970s through to the mid-2000s.
His 2500-plus winners and 16 successive SDRA trainers' premierships includes a record eight Albury Gold Cups, 12 Corowa Cups and 10 Berrigan Cups.
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Richard's phenomenal training record on the Border is never likely to be eclipsed.
Rick wasn't even a teenager when he started strapping horses for his father.
"I started strapping horses when I was 11-years-old and got my trainers licence when I was 18," he said.
"I would always be going to the races with dad and Pa.
"I've got some fond memories and we were fortunate to have some really talented horses.
"The best was Leica Falcon who has been on the farm since he retired.
"I won a few local cups as a trainer at Carrathool and Berrigan and Personal Image won a race in town for me.
"Training Bucks Road was also a great thrill and in 1996 won a Chisholm Stakes.
"So they are all great memories."
Freyer has nearly sold all his horses.
"Everything is nearly sold including the horses," he said.
"Boogie Woogie is on his way to Coffs Harbour.
"There are another two gallopers who are also in an online auction on Friday."
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