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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New glory for star racehorse Man Booker off the track

Elite racehorse Man Booker is beginning a second career as a show horse with a rider who was delighted to give him a new home when he retired. Together, he and new partner Indianna Weinert have been working on their skills and a recent coaching clinic on the first anniversary of the Off the Track […]

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New rule for retirement and rehoming of racehorses

A new rule of racing is now in effect to support racehorses in retiring from their track careers to new homes. Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) aims for all healthy and behaviourally sound thoroughbred and standardbred horses to retire to second careers as pleasure or performance horses. To help achieve this, Chief Executive Officer […]

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Power to Transform the Lives of Humans and Horses

Competitors at the 2021 Community TAB HorsePower Australia Winter Family Fun Day held on Friday 9 July, showed there can be surprisingly little difference between a racehorse and a therapy horse. Held at HorsePower’s Collie centre, few people watching Little Red and Kenny gently carry riders of various abilities through the fun day activities would […]

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RWWA’s Off the Track WA Retraining Program Expands

Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s (RWWA) Off the Track WA (OTTWA) Retraining Program is set to increase its capacity for the retraining and rehoming of the State’s retired racehorses by 50 per cent. The OTTWA Retraining Program was first launched as a pilot in September 2020 and following its success RWWA has expanded the program […]

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Applications for the Off the Track WA Event Sponsorship Now Open

Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) is pleased to announce that applications for Off the Track WA (OTTWA) sponsorship is now open for equine events to be held from August 2021 and January 2022. Any equine events held in regional or metropolitan Western Australia that promote the participation of off the track thoroughbreds and standardbreds […]

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Off the Track WA and Equestrian WA Program Announced

Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) is pleased to announce that it will continue its partnership with Equestrian Western Australia (EWA) for 2020/21, presenting a series of events across the State through its Off the Track WA program. The partnership, which commenced in 2019, saw more than 370 individual horse and rider combinations take part […]

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RWWA Presents Multi-purpose Racehorse Welfare Facility

Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) today unveiled its multi-purpose racehorse welfare facility, the Off the Track WA (OTTWA) Estate, with the announcement that two of the first horses transitioning through its retraining program will be donated to HorsePower Australia. The Estate will be used to facilitate the retraining of retired racehorses through RWWA’s OTTWA […]

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RWWA Launches WA Horse Passport

Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) has today launched the Off the Track WA (OTTWA) Passport, an initiative designed to assist in the tracking of retired thoroughbreds and standardbreds in the State. The passport, part of the commitments outlined in the WA Racehorse Welfare Plan announced in November 2019, will work to ascertain details of […]

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