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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

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