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 from eight horses in retraining, to a total of twelve horses at any given time. This is in addition to any horses that are located at the OTTWA Estate, which has the capacity for up to 40 horses.

With the expansion of the program, RWWA has also welcomed experienced horsewoman Madison Gielen, from Gielen Performance Horses to join its team of retrainers.

The OTTWA Retraining Program encompasses a network of retrainers who provide horses retiring from the industry, with the skills and experience needed to transition from racing athletes to a career in equestrian or pleasure pursuits.

A total of 32 thoroughbreds and 24 standardbred have been accepted into the program, with 27 of these already finding their new homes.

RWWA Animal Welfare Manager Anna Smet said the organisation was thrilled with the success of the program so far and was looking forward to having Madison on board as its newest retrainer.

“It is great to see the fantastic results of the program as it continues to expand and we believe that Madison will be an excellent addition to the team,” Anna said.

“Bringing a strong jumping and eventing skillset, Madison has produced many off the track horses into high level performance mounts.”

“The OTTWA Retraining Program is part of RWWA’s commitment to continuing to offer the highest standards of care to racehorses during all stages of their lives, including when they retire from the industry.”

“The program aims to provide an additional pathway to retirement for horses exiting the racing industry, with preference given to those which may be more complicated to rehome logistically, such as those located in regional locations.”

For further information on the OTTWA Retraining Program, please click here.