Now a life after racing for horses

Joanna Muir rides former racehorse, now dressage competitor Napoleon Jack.
Joanna Muir rides former racehorse, now dressage competitor Napoleon Jack.

The new position, created on December 24, will develop a program to place retired racehorses in second careers.

The success of the retired racehorse was recently highlighted at the inaugural Eventing in the Park event on the Victoria Park foreshore where 10-year-old thoroughbred gelding Better on Sunday won the Grand Prix class with rider Tegan Cook.

Known as Sunday Dreams in his racing career, the gelding had 32 starts before retiring into an equestrian career.

Owner Alan Campbell is a strong advocate for racehorses maintaining a career off the track.

‘Racehorses have an amazing level of skill and versatility which makes them ideal for equestrian leisure pursuits,’ he said.

RWWA’s equine welfare officer will report to the group’s veterinarian and will work to increase the demand for retired racehorses as pleasure and performance horses.

RWWA chief executive Richard Burt said the organisation maintained the highest regard for the welfare of its retired horses.

The position will be advertised this month with a view to start in February.