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Finalists Announced In 2021 Australian Stud And Stable Staff Awards

April 26, 2021

Finalists from across the country within the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry have been selected for the 2021 Australian Stud and Stable Staff Awards (SSSA). With awards in seven categories and more than $100,000 in prizemoney, the SSSA offer substantial reward and recognition of the work, contribution and time given by those whose work is … READ MORE

TBA and Aushorse response to claims made in a TDN AusNZ article entitled: Breed, Race, Trace: New rules from May 1

April 23, 2021

An article in Monday’s edition of TDN AusNZ raised the important issue of traceability and new rules that will require breeders to provide more timely information on the status of their horses, such as change of ownership or location. In that piece, former Racing Australia chairman and Arrowfield principal John Messara reflected on the introduction … READ MORE

Stud & Stable Staff Awards Shortlist announced

April 9, 2021

The exceptional quality of the record entry for the Australian edition 2021 Stud And Stable Staff Awards has led to extended shortlist of finalists being required in three of the seven categories. After sorting through more than 170 entries, 38 names will go through to the final judging with 18 names on the shortlist coming … READ MORE

2020 Strategy review

March 16, 2021

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) and Aushorse recently released a report titled Strategy Review 2020. This report outlines key initiatives undertaken last year and looks at major issues we are trying to resolve in 2021. Click here to view a Flipbook of the Strategy Review 2020.

Stud & Stable Staff Awards More Relevant than ever in 2021

January 9, 2021

In any racing season, the survival and success of the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry are primarily due to the dedication of those who work anonymously behind the scenes. But during a year in which Australia and the world were affected so disastrously by the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry owed more to its backstage crew … READ MORE

Supporting Your Employees’ Mental health

November 24, 2020

Register For Mental Health Webinar As we are all too aware, the impacts of Coronavirus has meant 2020 has been a challenging year. Whether it has been maintaining a business in lockdown, being prevented from seeing family and friends or the stress of the economic uncertainty, there have been more reasons for people to feel … READ MORE

Movement Of Mares Interstate

August 4, 2020

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) encourages all breeders sending mares interstate for the coming season to consider their transport plans well ahead of any movements. TBA has been liaising with state and federal authorities and all governments have stated that breeding remains an essential agricultural activity. As such, thoroughbreds can be moved interstate. However, anybody transporting … READ MORE

Thoroughbred aftercare welfare working group – issues paper

June 4, 2020

To assist those wanting to engage with the panel, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Welfare Group (TAWWG) have developed an issues paper, which you can download by clicking on the thumbnail below. The issues paper can be summarised as raising seven areas of interest: ·     What is good welfare·     Thoroughbred breeding·     … READ MORE

Expert panel seeking submissions to improve welfare of thoroughbreds

June 4, 2020

The independent welfare panel that was set up by the thoroughbred industry earlier this year, and is chaired by former Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine, is calling for submissions from interested parties to assist its aim of improving the welfare of horses leaving the racing and breeding industries. From today until 12pm on Friday, July … READ MORE

Australian Stud and Stable Staff Awards finalists announced for 2020

May 19, 2020

They represent the thousands of mostly unseen, often unsung and thoroughly essential members of Australia’s racing and breeding industry. The 14 finalists announced today in the 2020 Australian Stud and Stable Staff Awards are the best-of-the-best in occupations ranging from mucking out stables, to administration, to education, riding, delivering foals, rehoming and retraining ex-racehorses and … READ MORE

Thoroughbred Industry Unites For Welfare

February 8, 2020

The thoroughbred industry has come together to announce a strategy to develop a national horse welfare regime. Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA), the Australian Trainers’ Association (ATA) and the Australian Jockeys’ Association (AJA) along with other stakeholders have established an Independent Working Group (IWG). This will review the current welfare landscape in the Australian thoroughbred industry, look to … READ MORE

Breeders To Help Bush Fire Victims

January 5, 2020

The Australian breeding industry will support those affected by bush fires with vendors at this week’s Magic Millions sale donating $500 for every horse sold. As fires rage across much of the country, including in prominent breeding areas such as the NSW Southern Highlands, breeders have decided to make a contribution as they gather on … READ MORE

Vale Ken Barry

November 26, 2019

Dear Breeder, It is with great sadness that I write to you about the passing of a true friend to the breeding industry and to all of us involved with Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, Ken Barry. Ken (pictured centre) with the staff & boards of TBA and Aushorse. Many of you will also have been lucky … READ MORE

Update On Welfare Issue

October 31, 2019

Dear Breeder, I am writing today to keep you updated with Thoroughbred Breeders Australia’s activities since the airing of the ABC 7.30 report into the mistreatment of thoroughbreds. On Tuesday I met with Racing Australia chairman, Greg Nichols, and presented him with an eight-point plan that the TBA board had endorsed (see below). These measures … READ MORE

Political Support For Breeders

October 23, 2019

Dear Breeder, Last night Thoroughbred Breeders Australia hosted a function in Canberra with the Parliamentary Friends of Primary Producers. This event, now in its fourth year, is an important one for breeders as it gives us a chance to explain our industry to legislators. Given the scrutiny that breeding and racing are under following the … READ MORE

Speech by TBA chief executive Tom Reilly

October 23, 2019

Ladies and gentlemen, firstly let me thank you for your attendance tonight for what is an important evening for breeders. Ours is a pursuit that is stitched deeply into the fabric of Australia.  Thoroughbreds came to these shores on the First Fleet and racing was first held well over 200 years ago. In modern Australia, … READ MORE

Political Support For Breeders

October 23, 2019

Federal politicians from across the political divide have rallied behind thoroughbred breeding, as the industry committed to tackling any issue around welfare. Ministers, shadow ministers, MPs and senators met with industry leaders at Parliament House in Canberra for an annual event organised by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) and the Parliamentary Friends of Primary Producers. There … READ MORE

TBA Calls For A National Task Force

October 18, 2019

The board of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) today had a teleconference to discuss the issues raised in last night’s 7.30 program. As a result of that meeting we are calling for a national welfare taskforce to be established that would include all industry stakeholders. We believe it is important that we come together as an … READ MORE

TBA Press Release

October 17, 2019

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) condemns in the strongest terms the treatment of horses shown in tonight’s ABC 7.30 program. “I am appalled by the vision broadcast tonight,” said Tom Reilly, chief executive of TBA. “All horses, whether thoroughbreds or not, deserve to be treated humanely and with dignity,” added Mr Reilly. “The full force of … READ MORE

2019 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards (GSSSA) Recognise Excellence

September 8, 2019
The 2019 GSSSA winners (Godolphin/Lisa Grimm)

When David Merrick started working for Widden Stud in 1992, breeding legends such as Bletchingly and Marscay were ruling the roost, Paul Keating was Prime Minister, the Brisbane Broncos won their first premiership, Mabo was decided and we were watching shows like Acropolis Now. Mobile reception? “Crikey, we were lucky to get TV reception,” Merrick … READ MORE

Hendra Virus

June 13, 2019

Dear Breeder, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) and Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association (HTBA) is writing to notify you of a case of Hendra Virus that has occurred in a horse in the Upper Hunter Valley. It is important to note that this case occurred on an isolated non-Thoroughbred farm, some 50 km from Scone. It is, … READ MORE


June 12, 2019

As we edge closer to the completion of the yearling sales and start contemplating the 2019 breeding season, I would like to point you to Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) and Aushorse’s recently released report titled Strategy Review 2019. This report outlines key initiatives undertaken in 2018 and looks at major issues we are trying to … READ MORE

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia Celebrates 100 Years

May 27, 2019

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) celebrated its centenary year with the announcement of the Basil Nolan Jnr scholarship at an event on the Gold Coast. More than 200 breeders and industry figures were present as TBA president Basil Nolan acknowledged the award that was created and funded by Aushorse, and named in honour of his late … READ MORE

Breeding’s Next Crop Begin Their Journey

May 21, 2019

Seventeen new Fast Track trainees began their journey into the world of thoroughbred breeding on Monday with the aim of building successful careers in the industry. Launched last year by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) in collaboration with TAFE NSW in response to staffing shortages in the breeding sector, the Fast Track training program offers passionate … READ MORE