Off The Track WA Retraining Program FAQs

How is the Off the Track WA Estate and the OTTWA Retraining Program being funded?

The Off the Track WA Estate and OTTWA Retraining Program are funded by Racing and Wagering WA, which derives its income from the profits of the WA TAB, in addition to income generated from the WA Racing Bets Levy and part proceeds of the Point of Consumption Tax paid by wagering operators.

How many horses will the facility and the program be able to accommodate?

The OTTWA Retraining Program is an initial pilot program, therefore has an introductory capacity of eight (8) positions with Official Retrainers at any given time. However, the OTTWA Estate will look to accommodate additional horses in preparedness to commence retraining as soon as a position is available. It is anticipated that following the initial trial process, capacity could be increased over the
next six to twelve months. This also allows for sufficient space for any emergency cases, should they arise.

What horses are eligible to be accepted into the program?

The program accepts both thoroughbred and standardbred horses which have been bred for the purposes of racing. Trainers and owners are encouraged to continue to access established rehoming pathways. Acceptance of horses will be based on a range of criteria including factors such as spelling period, location, soundness and condition, in addition to a fundamental veterinary assessment. The full criteria and terms and conditions can be found here.

Who owns the horse once it is accepted into the program?

Once accepted into the facility, horses must be released from current ownership, with custody granted to Racing and Wagering WA for the purposes of assessment, retraining and/or rehoming.

What is the process once a horse is accepted into the program and arrives at the facility?

Once the horse has been accepted into the program, a pre-assessment will be conducted by the Facility Manager to develop a profile for the horse and further evaluation undertaken to ensure that it is in a condition that is conducive to commence retraining and education, following which it will be allocated to an Official Retrainer. It is anticipated that the process will take approximately ten (10) weeks, with the horse available for sale at any stage throughout its training, dependent on the experience level and requirements of the potential buyer. Sale of the horses will be assisted through OTTWA marketing initiatives.

What do I do if my horse doesn’t meet the criteria, isn’t accepted into the program, or the waitlist is too long?

A number of pathways are available to find an alternate rehoming solution for all behaviourally and medically sound horses, who are not eligible or not accepted into the program, or during the times where the waiting period for accepted horses to enter the program is considered too long by the racing custodian.
There are many established pathways for rehoming horses post racing including:

  • Sold or given away direct from racing. Thoroughbred and standardbred ex-racehorses can be advertised on the OTTWA Sales Page for free.
  • Retraining prior to sale by retrainers. A list of retrainers recognised by RWWA as being involved in the re-education of retired thoroughbred or standardbred horses can be obtained through the Recognised Retrainers page.

Our OTTWA Retraining and Rehoming Coordinator will assist you where possible to responsibly rehome your horse.

How do people purchase a horse through the program?

Horses in the program will be advertised for sale from the moment they enter the retraining program, with their relevant training documented by the OTTWA Official Retrainers whilst the horse is in their care.

Expressions of interests can be submitted by prospective buyers which will be assessed by the OTTWA Retraining and Rehoming Coordinator managing enquiries and liaising with the Official Retrainers in respect to horses available.
Potential buyers will be matched with the most appropriate horse based on their level of experience and requirements. New owners will be provided with ongoing support and advice, including access to educational material and events, through OTTWA.