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.
A trial to develop a more efficient way to log horse temperatures in Australia’s most successful stable has led to the creation of a unique horse welfare platform called StableWizard.
Liam O’Keeffe is responsible for keeping the Flemington track in tip-top shape. He and his team are dedicated to making the world-famous turf as perfect and as safe as can be.
The VRC recently announced that Very Special Kids will be the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s official Pin & Win charity partner for a third year.
The horse’s vision is an important topic in relation to the welfare of the horse and of course, the safety of the rider and handler.
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has reconfirmed equine welfare as its key strategic priority, spearheaded by providing input to Racing Victoria (RV) on key areas for consideration.
Baribo created history at the NSW Endurance Riding Association (NSWERA) State Championships last year when he became the first thoroughbred to be crowned the NSW State Champion.