ALABAR HERO FUNDING ANNOUNCED
Harness Racing Victoria has welcomed the State Government announcement of a joint funding package of $362,000 to help ensure harness horses are afforded a quality life in retirement after their racing career has finished.
The Government is providing $181,000 to the Harness Education Re-homing Opportunities (HERO) program, HRV's flagship and industry-leading welfare program, to retrain retired racehorses to become trail riding ponies, competitive show and eventing horses, or simply pleasure animals and family pets.
HRV Chairman Dale Monteith says "HRV is extremely grateful to the State Government for this ongoing funding, which will help us to recruit suitably-skilled people as registered re-trainers and to increase the number of horses in the HRV HERO program."
In the first year of the HERO Program, more than 200 horses were either re-homed or placed with a registered HERO trainer in preparation for re-homing.
The HERO program is also working with the Victoria Police Mounted Division to identify horses that may be suitable for police duty.
Funding for the program will be sourced from the Government's Victorian Racing Industry Fund. HRV will also contribute $181,000 to support the program.