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Shortlist Announced For the 2023 Stud & Stable Staff Awards

March 17, 2023

The first step in deciding the winners of the 2023 Australian Stud and Stable Staff Awards has been completed with the judges settling on a shortlist that reflects the “strength and quality” of the hundreds of nominations received from across the nation. Such was the standard of this year’s nominations; the shortlist committee was presented … READ MORE

2023 Fast Track Applications Now Open

February 10, 2023

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia’s (TBA) commitment to finding the next generation of staff for the breeding industry continues with applications for the 2023 Fast Track program opening this week. Now in its sixth year, the national training scheme offers people with a passion for horses a pathway into the breeding sector. Developed in response to the … READ MORE

2022 Strategy Review

January 25, 2023

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) and Aushorse recently released its annual strategy review. This report outlines key initiatives undertaken in 2022 and looks what the organisations will focus on in 2023. Click here to view the online edition of the publication. You can also request a complimentary hard copy by emailing

Support For Victorian Breeders Impacted By Flooding

October 21, 2022

The Victorian flooding events of the past week have been devastating for many in the breeding community and Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) is committed to assisting those who have been impacted. With the announcement of a flood relief package from the Victorian government in the past few days, we want to ensure all those businesses … READ MORE

Applications Open For The 2022 Nolan Scholarship

September 13, 2022

Applications for the 2022 Nolan Scholarship are now open. The Nolan Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate of the TBA Fast Track program in memory of the late Basil Nolan Jnr, a highly respected and much loved member of the Australian breeding community. The successful graduate will travel to Ireland for six months to take … READ MORE

Mental Health & Wellbeing Workshops

July 25, 2022

Throughout August, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) will be hosting a series of mental health awareness and wellbeing workshops. These free workshops will be presented by Pippa Baker, a qualified mental health educator. The sessions aim to help managers develop the practical skills and knowledge to help enhance the wellbeing and performance of their staff.  Topics that Pippa will … READ MORE

Developing Our Workforce

June 27, 2022

Over the coming months, TBA will be hosting a series of one day workshops around the country offering stud workers in management roles the opportunity to advance their leadership and communication skills. These workshops will focus on the following: How to motivate and manage a team Build effective communication skills Develop skills to respond appropriately … READ MORE

Breeders To Access RIC Loans From July 1st

May 31, 2022

From July 1st, thoroughbred breeders will have access to the loans offered by the Regional Investment Corporation. Gaining this access was something that Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) had lobbied governments for two years. The loans are offered at a concessional rate – currently 2.31% – which is likely to remain lower than commercial lenders, as … READ MORE

Supporting Our Staff

May 31, 2022

Launched at the end of 2021, the Stud Staff Support Line (SSSL) provides free access to a confidential counselling service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The support line is open to anyone working in the breeding sector and to use it all you need to do is dial 1300 822 935 and … READ MORE

2022 Fast Track Trainees Begin Their Journey

May 31, 2022

Sixteen new trainees began their Fast Track journey last week with the aim of building successful careers in the industry. Launched by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) in 2018, the Fast Track program offers passionate horse people a pathway into the breeding sector, as well as the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised formal qualification. Over … READ MORE

Phase Two Of The Post-Mortem Of Late-Term Pregnancy Loss Project Commences

May 31, 2022

Phase Two of the Post-Mortem Of Late-Term Pregnancy Loss Project is set to commence at the start of June. This project is funded through the AgriFutures Australia Thoroughbred Horses Program and aims to determine the causes and trends of late-term pregnancy loss in Australia. The initial phase took place in the Hunter Valley and involved … READ MORE

2022 Australian Stud & Stable Award Winners Announced

May 26, 2022

A lifetime’s work in some of Australia’s most famous stables has been recognised and rewarded at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Wednesday evening for the 2022 Stud and Stable Staff Awards presented by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Racing Australia with the sponsorship support of Racing Queensland, the Australian Turf Club, the Victoria Racing Club, … READ MORE

Finalists Announced for the 2022 Australian Stud & Stable Staff Awards

April 29, 2022

An inspirational compilation from a world of unsung heroes has been selected as the finalists in the 2022 Australian Stud and Stable Staff Awards. Representing a range of occupations from across the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry, the 14 finalists range from stable hands to re-trainers to trackwork riders to men and women who ensure … READ MORE

TBA On Bred To Win

April 28, 2022

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia CEO, Tom Reilly, joined Caroline Searcy on this week’s episode of Bred To Win to discuss a number of important projects the team has been working on. Highlights include the launch of the Stud Staff Support Line which offers fully-confidential mental health support to anyone working in breeding, as well as securing … READ MORE

Breeders To Access Concessional Government Loans

April 5, 2022

Thoroughbred breeders will soon be able to access concessional government loans after a sustained lobbying effort by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA). The loans will be available through the Regional Investment Corporation (RIC), a federally backed body that provides finance to primary producers. There are five different loans, all of which allow borrowers to pay only … READ MORE

2022 SSSA Shortlist Announced

April 3, 2022

Record nominations from across the country and from all sections of the thoroughbred industry have been condensed to a short list of 36 candidates for the 2022 Australian Stud and Stable Staff Awards (SSSA). The Australian edition of the SSSA, staged jointly by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, Racing Australia and Godolphin, is part of the worldwide … READ MORE

Fast Track A Career With Thoroughbreds

February 3, 2022
2021 Fast Track Intake

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia’s (TBA) highly popular Fast Track program is now open for applications. Now entering its fifth year, the national training scheme offers young people with a passion for horses a pathway into the breeding sector. Developed in response to the industry staffing shortage, the 12-month program is designed to target people from outside … READ MORE

TBA seeks a project manager for education and training

February 1, 2022

Australia’s peak body for the thoroughbred breeding industry, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, is looking for an Industry Training, Education & Project Manager to drive projects in education and across the remit of the organisation. Our goal is to create an education offering that will promote lifelong, fulfilling careers in the Australian Thoroughbred Breeding industry. As the … READ MORE

2021 Strategy Review

January 19, 2022
2021 Strategy Review Document Front Cover

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) and Aushorse recently released its annual strategy review. This report outlines key initiatives undertaken in 2021 and looks what the organisations will focus on in 2022. Click here to view a Flipbook of the Strategy Review 2021.

Nominations for the 2022 Australian Stud & Stable Staff Awards are now open

January 8, 2022

Imagine waking up at 3am for work or working 12 days on, two days off. Imagine working Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, New Year’s Eve, or any public holiday. Sounds tough, right? Well, this is the dedication our stud and stable staff have for the Thoroughbred and without doubt are the backbone of the … READ MORE

Movement Of Mares Interstate

August 25, 2021

With the start of the breeding season fast approaching, we wanted to provide you with an update on the latest protocols for the movement of mares across state borders. TBA has been working closely with state governments and liaising with the state associations to try to ensure breeders have options to get their mares interstate. As mentioned previously, … READ MORE

Revised COVID-19 Guidelines

August 6, 2021

In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreaks and the emergence on the Delta strain, TBA have revised the guidelines that were developed last year for walking-on mares during the breeding season. The Delta variant is considered more contagious and more resistant to health controls and preventions than previous strains of the virus, and people may … READ MORE

COVID-19 Update From TBA

August 5, 2021

As we are now all too aware, the current COVID-19 situation is presenting every one of us with a raft of challenges. At present there are many parts of the country in lockdown and, unfortunately, there are likely to be more outbreaks and lockdowns in the coming months. I want to assure you that TBA … READ MORE


June 9, 2021

2020 Fast Track Graduates from left: Dannielle Murphy, Lauryn Hall, Macey Irving, Ella Baird, Tess O’Connor, Celeste Kruger, Tom Giles and Brianna Sheffield. Absent: Roxley Duggan and Liz Richardson. The third crop of the Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) Fast Track Program celebrated their graduation in a ceremony at Scone on Tuesday night. Launched in 2018 … READ MORE