Our second Inside Headquarters Live is here! It’s our free-to-book, live conversation series exclusively for VRC members and their guests.
These evenings give our members first-hand insight into the latest news from HQ, including in-depth conversation and live Q&A sessions with the VRC Leadership Team, including our CEO Neil Wilson and Chairman Steve Rosich.
We will hear from industry leaders Lisa Coffey, Jen Hughes and Emma Booth as they discuss the amazing work they are doing with thoroughbreds in their post racing careers.
We will be serving light snacks and a complimentary drink on arrival, with a bar open to purchase additional drinks throughout the evening – a great opportunity for members to use their $160 renewal bonus credit.
Originating from Ireland, Lisa Coffey has worked in the equestrian and racing industries for almost 25 years educating jumps racing horses for various trainers and flying racehorses to meetings for Coolmore and Ballydoyle. This work saw her travel to many countries and complete numerous qualifications from certificate to post graduate level in equine science, teaching, counseling, and psychology along the way. In 2019 Lisa was runner up for the Victorian Lady of Racing Award and Equestrian Victoria Retrainer of the Year. Lisa founded Racing Hearts Equine Assisted Therapies in 2018, an organization that offers counselling, psychotherapy and psychology services to a wide range of people in the community in a non-traditional way through working with retired racehorses. She is currently a board member for Riding for the Disabled Victoria.
Jen’s role of GM – Equine Welfare encompasses equine welfare before, during, and after a Thoroughbred’s racing career. She is responsible for the development and ongoing implementation of the Racing Victoria’s 2019 Equine Welfare Strategic Plan (EWSP) working closely with GM – Vet Services Dr Grace Forbes who leads on the ‘during racing’ welfare initiatives. Jen’s other responsibilities include equine welfare policy, participant education in relation to equine welfare, welfare visits and assessments, and the delivery of equine welfare programs and initiatives including the Off The Track (OTT) Program.
Emma’s raw talent and passion was clear at an early age however her equestrian ambitions were put on hold in 2013 when she was involved in a near-fatal car accident causing paraplegia. Seven months later, Emma found the strength to return to riding. Learning of her options as a Para-equestrian, she set her sights on selection for the Australian Paralympic Team, and competed in two events at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, finishing a respectable fifth in the mixed dressage individual championship. Emma was appointed as a VRC Ambassador during Cup Week 2020.
DATE: Thursday 17 June 2021
TIME: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
LOCATION: The Atrium, The Grandstand
DRESS CODE: Smart casual
PRICE: This is a free event, however bookings are essential
For those who missed our inaugural Inside Headquarters Live, you can check out our highlights reel below.