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Racehorses benefit from lower cost health scans

Racehorse welfare is being reinforced by a new initiative to bring down the cost of high-tech health scans. Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) is introducing a rebate of half the cost of using advanced diagnostic imaging to investigate musculoskeletal conditions in thoroughbred and standardbred racehorses, up to $1500. RWWA Veterinary Services Manager Dr Judith […]

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World-leading technology for horse health comes to WA

An advanced veterinary imaging centre at Murdoch University will help Western Australian horses stay in top shape. Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) has partnered with The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University (TAHMU) to bring standing CT and MRI to the horse community, including subsidised scans for thoroughbred and standardbred racehorses. Innovations in CT and […]

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Jemma gives her dreams free rein

When Jemma Hayman was a teenager, she and her parents had different ideas about her future.  Jemma dreamed of a life with horses. Her parents had a good education and solid career in mind.  “My uncle owned a standardbred when I was about 14 and that’s how I got the racing bug,” Jemma said.  “I spent a lot of time at the trainer’s stables and started working there at weekends but […]

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Retired racing animals are a life’s work for Mara

Work and leisure are two different things for most people but for Mara Coombes life merges with livelihood. At work, she is Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s Off the Track WA Marketing Coordinator, supporting racehorses in finding new homes and purpose when they retire. At home, her family includes an off the track thoroughbred, an […]

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Racehorse Phoebe changes track to find her place in life

When Phoebe retires as a clerk horse for harness racing, Tamara Markham will lose her most trusted colleague. Together, Tamara and Phoebe learned their clerk of the course duties 14 years ago and they’ve been taking care of each other and the horses and drivers at racetracks across the state ever since. But as Phoebe […]

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