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Equine Welfare

At the Australian Turf Club the horse is at the centre of our business. Our Members, Board and Management have a deep passion for the welfare of horses.

Equine Welfare at Australian Turf Club

On Australian Turf Club premises we maintain high expectations of our staff and participants ensuring the safety and welfare of all racehorses competing at Australian Turf Club racecourses, training at our venues and retired horses under our management. Our goal is to continually implement initiatives to ensure each and every horse receives the standard of care they deserve.

Beyond our boundaries, Australian Turf Club supports the objectives of the Regulatory Authority, Racing NSW, in setting world-leading standards of equine care for racehorses at all stages of the horse’s life.


Australian Turf Club Equine Welfare Strategy

The below outlines the 5 pillars of the Australian Turf Club Equine Welfare Strategy:

  • Support Racing NSW Equine Welfare Policy, in particular the aftercare of racehorses program
  • Provide safe racing and training facilities for all horses raced and trained at ATC Racecourses
  • Ensure all participants maintain a reasonable duty of care for the racehorses they train at ATC Racecourses
  • Maintain a high standard of welfare for the horses under ATC care
  • Continue to advance industry and educational initiatives alongside Racing NSW to improve overall standards of equine care and community understanding


Australian Racing Industry Welfare Strategy

The Australian racing industry is committed to the welfare of the Australian thoroughbred.
Click here to read more information about the Welfare Guidelines for Horse Racing. 

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Love the Horse

#LoveTheHorse - Stonewall Equestrian

Showjumping is a popular sport for retired racehorses. Jockey Jeff Penza, equestrian Jessica Bott and Krissy Harris from the Thoroughbred Sport Horse Association tell us about their love of the horse.

#LoveTheHorse - Racehorse to Equestrian

Katelyn Mallyon rode ‘Little White Cloud’ to a win at Flemington during Cup week four years ago. Little White Cloud is now ‘Lloyd’ – Katelyn’s rehomed racehorse training as a show jumper with Krissy and Heath Harris at the Thoroughbred Sport Horse Association, which aims to create a second career and a competition destination for retired thoroughbred race horses.

#LoveTheHorse: 'Aussie' - Clerk of the Course

Meet ‘Aussie’, one of our Clerk of the Course horses. Our Clerks of the Course and their horses play an integral role in ensuring the safety of racehorses, jockeys and staff at all of our racedays.


Racing To Win, owned by Trevor & Penny Stuckey and trained by John O’Shea, won the Epsom Handicap in 2006. Fourteen years on, Racing To Win is still part of the family as he enjoys retirement.


Strappers play a lead role in the health and well-being of racehorses. The strappers form special connections while caring for their horses, becoming best friends.

#LoveTheHorse - Celebrating the Horses' Birthday

Group 1 winning jockey Rachel King tells us about her love of the horse, with a special tribute to Group 1 winning mare Maid Of Heaven, who is in foal at Arrowfield.

Behind the Barriers - Colm Santry, Coolmore Australia

We went Behind The Barriers with Coolmore Australia Sales Manager Colm Santry, who spoke about the Coolmore operation in Australia, their stallion line-up heading into the breeding season including Yes Yes Yes, and opportunities for thoroughbreds after their racing careers.


Australian Turf Club Racing Ambassador Katelyn Mallyon introduces us to Lloyd, a former racehorse who she rode to a win at Flemington and who is now being re-trained for equestrian competitions.

Re-training Thoroughbred racehorses for equestrian events

Australian Turf Club Racing Ambassador Katelyn Mallyon and former racehorse Lloyd competed in their first show jumping competition at Hawkesbury earlier this month.

Thoroughbreds Are Go

During the 2020 Autumn Racing Carnival Sky Racing presenter Caroline Searcy hosted and produced the first series of ‘Thoroughbreds Are Go’, which aims to promote the great athletic ability and sensitivity of the thoroughbred, enabling these horses to compete at the highest levels of equestrian sport, through to working with people with PTSD and the disabled, as well as being great horses for young riders.

The program aims to assist racing owners and breeders to re-home their thoroughbreds successfully, along with advice from the experts about the important re-training and care of the thoroughbred that’s required to keep them happy and healthy away from racing.

Episode 1 - Segment 1

Krissy Harris and the Thoroughbred Sport Horse Association get sponsorship from the racing industry to reward competitors at shows who are competing on a thoroughbred. Features Olympian Rod Brown on the best conformation to make a good show-jumper

Episode 1 - Segment 2

A story on Rizon at Victoria’s Blue Gum Farm highlighting the important retirement work of a “nanny” at thoroughbred studs around Australia. Also one of Australia’s most experienced thoroughbred re-trainers, Scott Brodie.

Episode 1 - Segment 3

Segment 3 of the first episode of Thoroughbreds Are Go featuring Arrowfield Stud’s Strapper’s Stories and the love of their horse that goes far beyond the racing stables.


SearcyMedia’s program about re-homing thoroughbreds in Australia This segment visits the the fire-devastated south coast of NSW in the autumn of 2020 and shows the joy thoroughbreds brought to locals competing at the historic Milton Show.

Episode 2 - Segment 2

“Farm Friends” features Restless (Choc) born at Yarraman Park Stud who was a stakes-winner for Gai Waterhouse and after successfully competing as a three-day eventer has retired to live out his days at his place of birth.

Hear from accredited thoroughbred retainer Caroline Price about how to train a thoroughbred to be a show jumper and important information on how to feed them.

Episode 2 - Segment 3

Segment 3 of Thoroughbreds Are Go features Arrowfield Stud’s Strapper’s Stories and the love of their horse that goes far beyond the racing stables.


Helping racing owners re-home their thoroughbreds and assist the equestrian world in caring for them away from racing. This segment is a beautiful and highly informative story of returned soldier, Isaac Adams and the inspirational work of Scott Brodie’s Thoroughbred Welfare and Veteran Alliance using the sensitive thoroughbred to help people with stress issues.

Episode 3 - Segment 2

Features retired Group 1 winner and stakes-winner producing former broodmare Miss Kournikova at Arrowfield Stud plus 4-time Melbourne Cup winner Precedence with Fiona Mc Intyre telling Caroline Searcy what it takes to turn a tough racehorse into a beautiful show-horse.

Episode 3 - Segment 2

Strapper’s Stories featuring Darwin track-worker Cody Farrow and her mare Oh So Classy.


Thoroughbreds Are Go helps owners with ideas to rehome their thoroughbreds and assists the equestrian world know how to best look after these wonderful athletes. In this segment World Cup show jumper Nelson Smyth tells why more thoroughbreds can compete at elite level along with his own Kilwinning Luck, Australia’s only current World Cup showjumper. Ex jockey Katelyn Mallyon and equestrian rider turned Gai Watherouse and Adrian Bott track clocker Jess Bott show how both sides of the horse world can come together.

Episode 4 - Segment 2

Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell on the variety of work thoroughbreds can be given away from racing in QLD. Edinburgh Park Thoroughbred Stud’s Ian Smith tells how he will buy back all horses he has bred and shows us former Australian Horse Of The Year Weekend Hussler now retired on his property.

Episode 4 - Segment 3

Arrowfield Stud’s Strapper’s Stories. Track rider Pippa Warman from Western Australia tells how her love for one mare led her to breed a new generation of racehorses in Victoria.


Caroline Searcy’s personal story of breeding and racing thoroughbreds, showing the pitfalls and joys in re-homing your thoroughbred and why it’s so important to follow them for life.

Episode 5- Segment 2

“Farm Friends” shows the war horse Desert War a famed Gooree bred champion trained by Gai Waterhouse. Plus a story on looking after ageing stallions, featuring Arazi at Victoria’s Stockwell Stud.

Episode 5- Segment 3

Arrowfield Stud’s Strapper’s Stories with Jess Bates formerly with Cummings and Cummings talking about Gooree Park bred Ruling Dynasty.

Series 2 - Spring 2020


Segment 1 of the new series of Thoroughbreds Are Go, Caroline Searcy’s program on re-homing and re-training thoroughbreds away from racing. Features a hugely popular and moving story with Ian Travers and the Riding For Disabled team at Richmond in NSW. Highlights the incredible sensitivity of the thoroughbred which makes them the ideal breed to assist people with disabilities.

Episode 6 - Segment 2

Segment 2 of Caroline Searcy’s Thoroughbreds Are Go featuring a new segment thanks to Kingstar Farm, “The Thoroughbred Guru” with one of Australia’s leading thoroughbred re-trainers, Scott Brodie. Also Darley Stud’s John Sunderland on the importance of foal handling to ensure every Darley bred thoroughbred has a full and happy life.

Episode 6 - Segment 3

Arrowfield Stud’s Strapper’s Stories with Elaine Robl, wife of Randwick trainer Peter Robl, talking about Jade Crusader, now competing as a three-day venter with her daughter Hayley.


Caroline Searcy introduces NZ International Three-day Event competitor Blair Richardson. His wife, 1996 Australian Olympic Three-day Eventer Nikki (Bishop) and their son, NSW State Junior Eventer Charlie Richardson. They explain why the thoroughbred is their chosen horse for elite success.

Episode 7 - Segment 2

Kingstar Farm’s “The Thoroughbred Guru” with Scott Brodie. Tip 2: Assessing your horse’s response to pressure prominent Sydney racing owner, proprietor of Kingstar Farm and share-holder in Newgate Farm, Mathew Sandblom with his thoughts on the way forward for thoroughbred care in Australia.

Episode 7 - Segment 3

Arrowfield Stud’s Strapper’s Stories. Mia Sketcher with a beautiful story about a thoroughbred her mother worked with during his racing career who Mia now rides and cares for with great love.