Pony Club WA & OTTWA | Off the Track WA continues its commitment to the equestrian community

Off the Track WA (OTTWA) is extending support for Pony Club WA to encourage and reinforce links throughout the equestrian community state-wide.

OTTWA, a program of Racing and Wagering Western Australia, promotes the versatility of thoroughbred and standardbred horses and assists their transition to life as companion, pleasure or performance horses.

The sponsorship agreement with Pony Club WA aims to engage with young riders and introduce them to career opportunities in racing, which includes hosting behind-the-scenes racing tours.

The partnership will also include sponsorship of the club’s state dressage, eventing, tetrathlon, hickstead and show jumping championships and the Pony Club WA festival. The achievements of retired racehorses will be celebrated at these events.

Pony Club members who compete on retired racehorses will also be eligible for awards across five categories at the Pony Club WA Annual Leaderboard Awards.

Racing and Wagering WA Head of Animal Welfare Dr Anna Smet welcomed the enhanced partnership and greater opportunities for engagement.

“We love connecting with the wider equestrian community as part of our efforts to support racehorses in their new pursuits when they move on from racing,” Anna said.

“Providing support to riders as they develop their skills and relationships with off-the-track thoroughbreds and standardbreds is a vital part of our mission.”

OTTWA Marketing Coordinator Mara Coombes said equestrian sponsorships helped to showcase the abilities and successes of former racehorses.

“Pony Club WA members, along with other owners and riders with retired racehorses across the state, are welcome to join our Off the Track WA coaching clinics. They’re useful to everyone from inexperienced riders and green horses to higher level competitors looking to further their skillset,” Mara said.

“Importantly, events and clinics catered to the off the track community also allow people to make connections and discover a strong support network.”

A season of 15 clinics is underway, with the first recently held at Baldivis Pony Club and the following dates and locations confirmed:

  • Social Ride, 22 October at the State Equestrian Centre
  • Classic Clinic, 26 November at Magenup Equestrian Centre.
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