Retired racehorses to be rehomed in North Dandalup

Racing and Wagering WA purchase North Dandalup site Touchstone Farmhouse to rehome retired racehorses under WA Racehorse Welfare Plan. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
Racing and Wagering WA purchase North Dandalup site Touchstone Farmhouse to rehome retired racehorses under WA Racehorse Welfare Plan. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

A SITE in North Dandalup will be used to re-home retired racehorses on the back of sweeping changes to the racing industry unveiled by the McGowan government last week.

Racing and Wagering WA has announced the purchase of Touchstone Farmhouse, honouring the first of a number of commitments outlined in the WA Racehorses Welfare Plan.

RWWA chief executive Richard Burt said the purchase formed part of a series of initiatives to improve re-homing and assist in the transition of retired racehorses to equestrian and pleasure pursuits.

“The property will act as a multi-purpose racehorse welfare facility for the use of retraining by accredited re- trainers and emergency care for retired racehorses,” he said.

It comes after Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia last week unveiled a plan to address key areas of traceability, re-homing, and abattoirs and knackeries on the back of concerns about the treatment of horses in the industry.

The property will be taken over by RWWA mid-December and is expected to be operational early in the new year.

“The welfare of our horses is paramount and RWWA is working hard to ensure that the commitments outlined in the welfare plan are executed in a timely and efficient manner,” Mr Burt said.

“We will be consulting with the industry and other relevant stakeholders as we continue to implement the various initiatives and we look forward to the opening of the new welfare facility.”

Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia said he was pleased the implementation of the plan, which is being funded by industry, was progressing rapidly.

The plan also called for random inspections to be conducted on abattoirs that accept racehorses and for the condition and location of racehorses in their post-racing life to be tracked.