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Retirement of racehorses

Thoroughbred Racing South Australia supports the welfare and promotion of thoroughbred horses before, during and after their racing careers. 



• As of 1st August 2014 the Rules of Racing (AR64J and AR64JA) make it compulsory for notification to be lodged upon the retirement or death of a racehorse.

• A ‘Retirement of Racehorse Or Death Notification Form’ must be lodged with Racing Australia within one month of a horse’s retirement from racing.

• It is the Managing Owner’s responsibility to ensure this form is completed and forwarded to Racing Australia.

• Trainers are reminded of their duty to also lodge a stable return within 24 hours of a horse entering or leaving their stable.

• Failure to comply with the provisions of this rule may result in penalties.
Forms can be found on the Racing Australia website

If you have a recently retired racehorse and are looking for a home, below is a list of contacts to assist in re-homing.

Kim Jones

0417 856 626

Rebecca Foster 

0409 285 740

Megan Hansen
Buckleboo, Eyre Peninsula

0415 083 787 or 8627 4044

Fiona Evans Lucky Horse Program

0417 700 402

Kristy Dodd

0413 429 974

Kim Evans Yarraman Park Retraining and
Spelling Services
Nangkita, Fleurieu Peninsula

 0419 690 021

Please note that the persons listed here have volunteered their information and in no way have been endorsed by Thoroughbred Racing SA (TRSA).

Any arrangements made regarding the retirement of racehorses are between the relevant parties and TRSA accepts no responsibility.


Changing Rein is a South Australian horse industry network (working party), with a focus on promoting the positive transition of horses from racing to a new career.  It is a resource for owners or trainers of horses that were bred for Thoroughbred or Standardbred racing and may, at some time in their life need to be re-trained for a new role when the racetrack is no longer a career option.

For the transition of racehorses into retirement to be successful, the support needs to come from both racing and non-racing sectors, and Changing Rein pools these resources into one working party.

Changing Rein network members are Thoroughbred Racing SA, Harness Racing SASA Racehorse Owners Assoc., Horse SA, Standardbred Pleasure & Performance Horse Assoc., of SA Inc.


Thoroughbred Racing SA currently supports specific horse-based events to promote retired thoroughbred racehorses that are competing, including:

  • Australian Three Day Event – TRSA provide additional prizemoney to the leading retired thoroughbred racehorses in the two-star, four star and young rider championships.
  • Off The Track - SA Series – TRSA sponsor this Series to pay for prizes, prizemoney and assist in some administration expenses as the series is run voluntarily by a small team of passionate horse owners
  • The “Racehorse to Showhorse” category at the 2015 Royal Adelaide Show
  • The Equestrian SA Horse of the Year Event
  • SA Showjumping Championships

If anyone would like more information regarding the retirement of racehorses, please contact;
Nick Bawden
Industry Operations Manager

(08) 8179 9827