RWWA’s Animal Welfare Manager Announced as Speaker for International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses


Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) is pleased to announce that its Animal Welfare Manager, Dr Anna Smet, will be a speaker for the 2021 International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) to be held as a series of four virtual webinars on 6, 13, 20, and 27 April 2021.

IFAR announced its lineup of topics and speakers for its fifth conference, with each webinar beginning at 12pm GMT (7pm WST).

Dr Anna Smet will join the panel for the webinar on 13 April, focusing on the topic of ‘Aftercare for Racing Administrators and Regulators’.

“I am pleased to be bringing our Western Australian perspective on driving change to enhance thoroughbred aftercare as a part of this international panel in the virtual format of this year’s IFAR conference,” Anna said.

“I will be discussing the introduction of the Off the Track WA Estate, Retraining Program and Passport and the progress these initiatives have made here in Western Australia.”

“The schedule of topics covered are really relevant to racing administrators, participants in the thoroughbred racing industry, as well as those involved with retired racehorses.”

The full schedule of topics and speakers can be found below:

6 April, 2021: Aftercare in 2021

Moderator: Nick Luck (U.K.)


  • Di Arbuthnot: IFAR Chair
  • Jessica Harrington: Trainer (IRE)
  • Tik Maynard: Eventer (U.S.)
  • Graham and Anita Motion: Owners, Herringswell Stable (U.S.)
  • Nemone Routh: Racing Office Manager, Aga Khan Studs (FR)

13 April, 2021: Aftercare for Racing Administrators and Regulators

Moderator: Caroline Searcy (AUS)


  • Martin Burns: General Manager, Welfare & Sustainability, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing
  • Simon Cooper: Director, Weatherbys, General Stud Book (U.K.)
  • Anna Smet: Manager, Animal Welfare, Racing and Wagering Western Australia

20 April, 2021: Global Insights on Aftercare (Aftercare Providers, Equine Charities)

Moderator: Donna Brothers (U.S.)


  • Stacie Clark: Operations Consultant, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (U.S.)
  • John Osborne: Director of Equine Welfare and Bloodstock, Horse Racing Ireland
  • Ignacio Pavlovsky: Veterinarian, Owner, and Breeder (ARG)
  • Lisa Coffey: Founder and Director, Racing Hearts Equine Assisted Therapy (AUS)
  • Kristin Werner: Senior Counsel, The Jockey Club (U.S.); Administrator, Thoroughbred Incentive Program

27 April, 2021: Aftercare for Racing Industry Participants: Owners, Breeders, and Trainers

Moderator: Francesca Cumani (U.K.)


  • Mark Fisher: Kotare Bioethics Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Eliot Forbes: Chief Executive Officer, AniMark Ltd. (AUS); member, IFAR Steering Committee
  • Tom Reilly: Chief Executive Officer, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Aushorse
  • Christopher Riggs: Director, Equine Welfare Research Foundation; Chief Advisor, Veterinary Science, The Hong Kong Jockey Club

All sessions are free, and registration is required. For more information about the conference and to register, please visit

Recordings of each session will also be made available on the IFAR website.