Meet three devoted animal people volunteering in the racing community

It’s one thing to pop our spare change into a collection tin or donate to a favourite charity but quite another to volunteer our time and skills to help others. Racing WA recently put The West Australian in contact with three inspirational people caring for animals and their communities. Greyhounds as Pets WA volunteer Frank […]

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Pony races teach youngsters to look after their horses and each other

Speed ran a distant second to safety at the first National Pony Racing Series held at Ascot Racecourse recently. Lindy Maurice from Thoroughbred Industry Careers said she prioritised balance and control in choosing the riders who progressed from trial to race stage in the series, which is being held in collaboration with Pony Club Australia. […]

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Joining forces to improve animal care

Martin Burns grew up riding farm bikes rather than horses so when he took on a leading animal welfare role in New Zealand racing, he searched for experts with the credentials he was missing. As Welfare and Sustainability General Manager at New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, Martin set out to build partnerships and collect knowledge, leading […]

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A clearer picture of racehorse health

The world’s most sophisticated equine CT scanner has arrived in Western Australia and workers are in the final stages of constructing the clinical unit ready for its installation at Murdoch University. Once complete, the advanced imaging centre at The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University (TAHMU) will feature state-of-the-art MRI and CT scanners, along with ‘day […]

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Retired racehorses give students a reason to strive for success

A group of Busselton Senior High School students recently swapped class work for farm work during a horse-based program to reignite their enthusiasm for learning. The six boys, aged 12 to 16, spent time with former racehorses at Chris Scott’s Horse Vision Centre doing a program called EASE (Equine Assisted Student Education) involving groundwork, team […]

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Riders play Power games in Collie

About 40 riders of all ages and abilities from across the state visited Collie recently for the HorsePower Winter Games.  Collie manager Jo Williams said HorsePower, previously known as Riding for the Disabled, created the local event to bring people together in a fun and relaxed environment.  “It’s important to give our riders the opportunity […]

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Two unique Choices for one therapy rider

Flashy chestnut Four Choices arrived at Claremont Therapeutic Riding Centre in 2020 as a gentle, playful horse that had never run a race. Around the same time, handsome grey Say Geronimo was entering the Off the Track WA retraining program having earned more than $130,000 in prize money during his racing career. His destiny also […]

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Racing retirees help kids apply Horse Sense to their lives

Many children dream of having a horse but Claire Wright went further by gathering an entire herd when she grew up and then helping the dreams of others come true. Claire’s Horse Sense enterprise gives horse-based learning sessions to children to boost their wellbeing, supported by the new Off the Track WA Community Fund. “I’ve […]

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Research fund brings focus to horse welfare

A new funding source is available for research which has the potential to help horses thrive during their racing careers and beyond. The Racing and Wagering Western Australia Research Fund is now open and Head of Animal Welfare Dr Anna Smet welcomes applications for racehorse study projects. “Our aim is to ensure the highest and […]

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Trailblazing imaging suite available for horses in Western Australia

The first standing MRI machine installed in Western Australia has scanned twice the expected number of horses in its initial month of operation. The MRI technology can diagnose a wide variety of lameness conditions caused by musculoskeletal injuries, which cannot be accurately assessed with radiographs or ultrasound. MRI is particularly useful for diagnosing soft tissue […]

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