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Message from the Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Industry for those affected by fires

The Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Industry is concerned for all people and horses currently affected by the Australian bushfires, both within the racing industry and amongst the wider community.

Racing Victoria (RV) is working with Country Racing Victoria (CRV) and our country clubs, as well as the metropolitan clubs and industry associations, to offer support and assistance where we are able.

We are also working with our racing participants, including raceday staff, trainers, jockeys, breeders and equine aftercare providers, to ensure they have the support they need.

We will continue to assist where possible in the coming weeks and months. This will include continuing to work with the race clubs and communities affected, as well as providing assistance to horses in the form of feed, veterinary assistance, or transport into safe areas if required.

Supporting our community, participants and clubs

We are all here to help and will continue to be available for as long as needed, for clubs, all horses (not just thoroughbreds) and people affected by the fires.

We are constantly reviewing, amending and rescheduling race meetings in areas affected by heat and/or smoke. When this happens, we will provide relief and compensation to participants affected as per RV’s compensation policy. Race clubs impacted via abandoned meetings will also receive compensation.

Wellbeing support and assistance

If you, or someone you know in the racing, breeding or equine aftercare industries, need support as a result of the bushfire crisis, the following services are available:

  • STABLELINE – Free confidential counselling for all RV licensed persons and immediate family members, 24/7 psychological support. Visit or call 1300 520 122
  • Assure Services – Free confidential counselling for all RV employees and immediate family members. Call 1800 808 374

Caring for affected horses

The Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Industry is committed to the welfare of all horses, not just thoroughbreds, affected at this time. As such, a specific ‘management of horses affected by bushfires’ fact sheet has been created. This contains advice on making an initial assessment, as well as suggestions on feed and water and treatment for common aliments horses can experience in fires and associated conditions. A copy of the fact sheet is available at 

Currently relief centres have been established at Bairnsdale,Wangaratta and Wodonga. RV will maintain constant contact with these centres to ensure appropriate assistance is provided where required.

If you are available to take horses in or can offer space on your property, please email

For anyone needing assistance related to horse welfare, please call 03 9258 4229 or email 

How you can help?

The Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Industry is working on a number of initiatives, equine welfare support, fundraising activities and practical support for people and participants affected by the bushfires. 

We have been advised that monetary donations are most useful, and below are a number of organisations who are supporting the bushfire crisis. The Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Industry, including RV, the metropolitan clubs and CRV, will make a donation to the Bendigo Bank Community Fund. 

This support will continue as required, for as long as it is needed across the various communities affected.

For additional support and assistance, the following associations are available:

  • For jockeys, please contact the Victorian Jockeys Association (VJA): Matthew Hyland, Executive Officer, E:, M: 0408 753 951
  • For breeders, please contact the Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBA): Charmein Bukovec, Executive Officer, E:, M: 0459 510 506
  • For trainers, please contact the Australian Trainers' Association (ATA): Andrew Nicholl, Chief Executive Officer, E:, M: 0408 138 014 or T: 03 9372 1688