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Retirement of Racehorses

The Australian Racing Board has introduced a new rule making it compulsory for Managing Owners or Trainer to notify RISA on the retirement and death of their horse.

There are two ways in which this can be completed either by the new form specifically designed for this purpose or by logging into Stable Assist. Either will require the Managing Owner or Trainer to indicate where the horse is destined e.g:

  • Retirement – Equestrian, Breeding, Retirement Program, etc.
  • Death – Injury, illness

The current system only requires a stable return for when a horse leaves a stable and approximately half of horses exiting a stable go to other trainers so we have no exact knowledge of the destination of ex-racehorses or even how many there are.

The ARB has identified that retirement of a racehorses is a vitally important welfare issue and PRAs have adopted a number of re-homing programs to this end. The statistical data sought by implementing these changes are an essential element in tracking retired racehorses. The rule changes come in to effect 1 July.

Please click on the following link to view the full document:-

Retirement of Racehorses (new rules introduced by ARB – information) [PDF]
Form (information & instructions) – ‘Retirement of Racehorses or Death Notification’ [PDF]