Off The Track partners with Boneo Park Equestrian

Racing Victoria’s (RV) Off The Track (OTT) Program has extended its partnership with one of Australia’s leading equestrian facilities, Boneo Park Equestrian Centre, to celebrate retired racehorses across a number of events.

RV’s Off The Track dressage series, to be conducted from February 2022 to May 2022, will see retired gallopers compete in dedicated Off The Track classes at preliminary and novice levels, with ribbons and prizes awarded for individual results and place getters receiving financial prizes at the completion of the series.

The Off The Track jumping series will see thoroughbreds rewarded in dedicated classes from 90cm to 104cm, with prizemoney for the winners and ribbons awarded down to sixth place, while the Off The Track jumping championship, to be held on Sunday, 30 January 2022, will see $1,500 prizemoney of offer as well as Off The Track branded rugs.

In February 2022, the Pryde’s Easifeed Australian jumping championship will feature the Off The Track Australian jumping championship, offering a collective $8,000 in prizemoney, prizes and rugs for retired racehorses, with the final being held directly before the Australian senior title.

Boneo Park Equestrian Centre is set on the Mornington Peninsula and features state-of-the-art facilities designed by Luke Jones of C4 Architects – holding international, national and local competitions throughout the year.

Attributable Quotes:

RV General Manager, Equine Welfare - Jen Hughes:

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Boneo Park Equestrian Centre. They are a world-class organisation that allows off-the-track thoroughbreds to compete in state-of-the-art facilities.

“We continue to see an increase in ex-racehorses competing in a variety of disciplines, and we are pleased to be able to continue to acknowledge and reward those competing at various levels in dressage and show jumping.

“This partnership supports our broader equine welfare strategic plan, which includes our recently launched post-racing platform, Off The Track Community, which will soon feature an events page for people to register their interest and attendance for dedicated Off The Track events, including the Boneo Park Equestrian Centre events.

“We are also continuing to grow our statewide rehoming network, which supports retired thoroughbreds transitioning into second careers, as well as expanding our Off The Track program to create more career opportunities for thoroughbreds who have retired from racing.”

Boneo Park Managing Director, Fiona Selby:

“Boneo Park looks forward to building on the relationship with Off The Track that we have established over the past few years.  

“Ensuring that there is a life after racing for our wonderful thoroughbred horses is something that I am very passionate about and to see so many of these horses competing regularly at Boneo Park, and so happy in their new life, really warms my heart.”