Racing NSW Equine Welfare Fund
Racing NSW has purchased two farms which are used by TTNSW:
Bandanora in the Capertee Valley north of Lithgow is a 2500 acre mixed farming property which boasts a state-of-the-art equestrian centre including a 66mx25m indoor arena.
The original 1890s homestead and shearers huts will be converted into bed and breakfast-style accommodation to afford visitors the opportunity to stay overnight. Plans to offer trail riding, four-wheel driving and ecotourism activities are also in the pipeline to generate extra income for TTNSW.
Bandanora is currently undergoing an upgrade and will welcome the first horses in early 2019.
Princes Farm is located on the picturesque Nepean River on the north-western outskirts of Sydney. The 137 acre property was designed by legendary horse trainer Bart Cummings and remained in the family up until 2018. It’s equipped with stables, round yards, jumps paddocks, wash bays, and a 1000m sand track making it an ideal facility for a variety of training purposes.
There are three historic residences on the property which will be restored and opened to the public in late 2019. There are also plans to establish a racing museum on site as well as a home for retired champions of the turf where the public can visit them.
Racing NSW also leases properties where required.
Tareena is a 160 acre farm on the banks of the Manning River at Tinonee near Taree. Racing NSW leases 64 acres for its equine welfare programs. The property includes winding bush trails which lead to down the river, lush green spelling paddocks, jumps and an indoor arena. The beach isn’t too far away either.
There are also up to 100 horses kept on 200 acres of land adjacent to St Heliers Correctional Centre at Muswellbrook. They form part of the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Program where minimum-security inmates learn to train horses in other sporting disciplines as part of their rehabilitation for return to society.