Surrendering a Horse to Team Thoroughbred NSW

Team Thoroughbred will accept and care for horses predominantly domiciled in NSW that retire from Thoroughbred racing, or when the decision has been made not to race a horse, if they are unable to find a suitable home.

Prior to acceptance of a horse into the program the following steps must be taken:

  1. The horse must have been formally retired using  Racing Australia’s “Retirement of a Racehorse and Death Notification Form”.
  2. Reasonable attempts must have been made to re-home the horse to a suitable home in accordance with NSW Local Rule of Racing 114 (5c) where the horse will be cared for in accordance with Racing NSW’s Minimum Standards of equine welfare.
  3. The horse must have completed prescribed veterinary treatment and rehabilitation in accordance with NSW Local Rule of Racing 114 (5g).
  4. Residual lameness following completion of treatment must be disclosed and discussed prior to surrender.
  5. The horse should have records of:
    1. Dental Float and Balance in the last 12 months
    2. Tetanus and Strangles vaccination in last 12 months (2 in 1)
    3. Worming within the last 3 months
  6. The Horse Surrender Agreement must be completed in full and emailed to teamthoroughbred@racingnsw.com.au along with photos of the horse (head on, and both sides with brands visible). Please also attach any veterinary reports and scans.
  7. Our team will then review the forms and ensure we have all information that is required and be in contact to provide written confirmation of acceptance and details of where to transport the horse.

No horse is to be transported to a Racing NSW property until points 1 to 7 above have been completed.

For any questions, please contact us on 02 9551 7500 or email teamthoroughbred@racingnsw.com.au

Relevant links can be found below:

Retirement of a Racehorse and Death Notification

Horse Surrender Agreement

Local Rule of Racing 114

Minimum Standards and Guidelines of Equine Welfare

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