Above: Winner, Liz Hoy on Where’s Cameron with Jen Hughes at the RV 2019 Australian OTT Jumping Championship at Boneo Park Equestrian Centre on November 10, 2019 in Boneo, Australia. (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

After a short hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV), Racing Victoria (RV) and the Victorian Agricultural Society (VAS) will continue their partnership of the Off The Track classes at regional shows across Victoria.

The program allows Victorian breeders to support local equestrian shows which will see thousands of extra dollars in prizemoney on offer for those competing on Off The Track thoroughbreds.

Under the partnership, winners of the OTT Thoroughbred class at shows which have been sponsored by a local breeder will now receive, in addition to the OTT prizes on offer, an extra $150 plus a fantastic, customised horse rug, courtesy of TBV members.

This joint initiative, which was the brain-child of TBV, reflects the commitment to the welfare of the thoroughbred held by Victorian breeders and the desire to promote greater take-up of horses that have retired from racing.

TBV President, James O’Brien, who was a driving force behind establishing the partnership commented, “It was fantastic to see the Victorian industry show their support for this program and the great Off The Track horses that have been involved.” O’Brien said.

“This once again presents a wonderful chance for TBV members to ensure the longevity and demand for their thoroughbreds,” O’Brien said.

As a breeder, it is immensely satisfying to see your thoroughbred engaged in other pursuits outside of racing. That is what this initiative sets out to reinforce and doing so allows the Victorian breeding community to pay homage to equine welfare.”

“The cooperation we have received from OTT and VAS of this partnership is incredibly heartening. They have embraced the Victorian breeding community and we are tremendously grateful.”

Racing Victoria’s Manager – Equine Welfare, Jennifer Hughes, reinforced RV’s commitment to equine welfare.

“Thoroughbreds are the centrepieces of our industry, and Racing Victoria is committed to ensuring that they’re afforded appropriate care and attention before, during and after their careers on the racetrack,” Hughes said.

“As such, we are thrilled to have TBV and, more widely, Victorian breeders on board to enhance the OTT Thoroughbred classes and the VAS Show Series as a whole.”

VAS Ltd Chairperson, Jenny Daffy, is delighted with the newly formed partnership with the thoroughbred breeders, which will further enhance the already successful Off The Track series that is held at the Victorian Agricultural Shows.

“The support is wonderful and the additional prize money and rug at Show level I am sure will be well sought after by the competitors,” Daffy said.

The shows which are available this season for breeders to sponsor are:

  • Lang Lang – 16th January 2021
  • Yarra Glen – 6th February 2021
  • Foster – 27th February 2021
  • Tallangatta – 6th March 2021
  • Warrgul – 6th March 2021
  • Orbost – 8th March 2021
  • Berwick – 8th March 2021
  • Wodonga – 13th March 2021
  • Cohuna – 20th March 2021
  • Natimuk – 27th March 2021
  • Bunyip – 28th March 2021

Victorian breeders who would like to sponsor a local show should contact TBV on tbvmedia@racingvictoria.net.au.

The above shows listed are only the autumn shows and as the Spring shows become available to sponsor, TBV will update breeders.

Alternatively, if you already have a show in mind not listed, please drop us a note and we will confirm details.