Thoroughbred Racing South Australia (TRSA) has today announced the appointment of John Cornell to the role of Equine Welfare Officer.
As the current Stable Operations Manager for McEvoy Mitchell Racing, Mr Cornell brings more than three decades of industry experience to the role.
TRSA CEO Nick Redin said the South Australian industry would benefit immensely from Mr Cornell’s appointment.
“We are thrilled to be appointing someone of John’s calibre to this position,” Mr Redin said.
“Equine welfare is something we take incredibly seriously, so we knew we were looking for someone with proven experience and a deep understanding of best practice.
“John is the perfect fit – he has firsthand experience across all aspects of the industry, as well as a genuine love of horses and racing.”
In his new role, Mr Cornell will work alongside TRSA stewards and will be responsible for the tracking and traceability of thoroughbreds from birth, throughout their racing career and beyond. He will also respond to welfare concerns, provide proactive industry education on welfare best practice, and help to improve the transition of thoroughbreds into retirement and careers after racing.
The role has been created with the support of the State Government and the assistance of its previously announced industry stimulus package.
“Equine welfare is something I am genuinely very passionate about, so I was excited to see the industry taking this next step,” said Mr Cornell.
“I never envisaged I would step away from McEvoy Mitchell, but I knew I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.
“While I am confident that the vast majority of this industry does the right thing, those remaining few need to be better educated.
“I am looking forward to tackling that, as well as further educating the general public on the many ways our industry is responsible and caring.”
Mr Cornell will be departing McEvoy Mitchell Racing after six years at the stable’s Angaston facility.
“Although John will be extremely difficult to replace, I honestly can’t think of anyone better to be taking on this role,” said McEvoy Mitchell Head Trainer Tony McEvoy.
“I am proud to say that equine welfare in this state is in very capable hands – our loss is the wider industry’s gain.”
Mr Cornell will commence in the role on Monday 20 April.
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