Welcome to the first issue of our Equine Welfare Bulletin. It’s an important milestone 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 new Independent Working Group has been established to develop a national horse welfare scheme.
Diagnosing risk of potential injury in horses is being achieved with cutting-edge technology.
The new synthetic track will provide a more forgiving surface for horses and reduce the training load on Flemington’s grass tracks.
The VRC considers equine health and wellbeing a top priority with many people dedicating their time to ensuring the best possible care for thoroughbreds.
Winx was the mare that truly stopped a nation, time and time again. A year on since her remarkable race career ended, we find out just how she is faring as her firstborn is eagerly awaited.
Routines may vary slightly across different stables, but the daily roles – and the passion – are almost exactly the same.