New support for retired racehorses

Jane Howlett,Minister for Racing

Tasracing has launched a new initiative to provide support to retired racehorses as they transition from the racing industry into the community.

The Subsidised Lessons Program will replace the Tasracing-hosted Off The Track (OTT) Clinics with the program launching on 1 November.

New owners of recently retired Standardbreds (harness racing horses) and Thoroughbreds, regardless of whether they made it to the racetrack or not, can apply to Tasracing for vouchers for up to 10 individual lessons with a Tasracing-approved coach.

Lessons may incorporate instruction and support in groundwork, ridden components, horse care and husbandry, nutrition and behaviour.

The program will operate through a voucher system as follows:

  • The new owner applies to Tasracing for support.
  • If the eligibility criteria are met, vouchers are issued.
  • The new owner then arranges the lesson directly with the coach.
  • The coach invoices Tasracing.

The OTT Subsidised Lessons Program will operate as a pilot in the first instance and will be reviewed in six months with the intent of up scaling the program.

Full details will be available on the Tasracing website along with the application forms and details of the coaches.

Animal welfare is of critical importance to Tasracing and the Tasmanian Racing Industry. We are investing more money than ever before in supporting the welfare of greyhounds and horses before, during and after their racing careers.

The broader OTT program for Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds is a demonstration of this commitment.

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