Welcome to our Equine Welfare Bulletin. It’s an important platform for the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) as we deliver on our promise to keep you well-informed of everything the club is doing both at Flemington and more broadly to care for thoroughbreds.
With this bulletin, we will regularly share the collective efforts, investments and actions of the racing industry and beyond. We will seek out and publish the stories of those leading the charge, those that are working behind the scenes in the science and research fields, and those that are going about their day-to-day roles with the highest level of care, delivering extraordinary outcomes in the interest of horse wellbeing.
We also promise to bring you the most up-to-date information from the VRC. With our investment in infrastructure, technology and education to ensure the racing environment at Flemington is optimal for healthy and happy thoroughbreds, and our ongoing commitment to facilitating post-racing careers for our racehorses; we believe we can significantly contribute to meaningful long-term change.
The health and wellbeing of all thoroughbreds is, and has always been, at the heart of our culture at the VRC. Our love and respect for horses has fuelled our past investment and will continue to drive our future actions. We hope that the publishing of the Equine Welfare Bulletin provides you with valuable insight into the world of the equine athlete and all that the VRC and the industry is undertaking to ensure horses enjoy long and healthy careers both on and off the track.
We are, all of us, the champions for happy, healthy, thoroughbreds.
Andrew McLean is a leader in the field of Equitation Science, which helps explain how horses behave.
A beloved horse on the track, Hartnell is still setting hearts racing in his new career.
In a collaborative effort, the Thoroughbred Welfare Aftercare Working Group will enhance welfare outcomes for retired racehorses, unraced horses, and those retired from breeding.
A new Equine Welfare Advisory Council will be a source of expert advice and opinion.
Dressage is a beneficial cross-training method for many leading trainers.
Celebrities share their deep affection for their horses.