Equine welfare

At the VRC we stand in awe of the achievements
of our equine athletes.


We are delighted to take this opportunity to bring together stories that demonstrate the very best of horse and human relationships.

On this page, find out how science is being harnessed to unlock ever greater sporting achievements, along with examples of how thoroughbreds are helping to rehabilitate our frontline workers.

Learn more about the process when horses transition from racing to the important roles they play their next careers, and how Australia’s best equestrian riders are winning on the world stage with retired racehorses.

We are, all of us, the champions for happy, healthy, thoroughbreds.

Handling with care

Handling with care

Routines may vary slightly across the many different stables at Headquarters, but the daily roles – and the passion – are almost exactly the same.

Home sweet rehome

Home sweet rehome

Trainers are committed to placing their horses in loving, happy homes post-racing. Pippa Warman at Flemington-based stable Ellerton Zahra takes us through their process.

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