Arundel Park Riding for Disabled Inc situated on the Gold Coast, has recently been awarded an “Off The Track” Grant by Racing Queensland to foster the rehoming of retired thoroughbred and standard bred race horses into our equine therapy program.
Arundel Park RDA President, Ms Sandra Sexton says, “We are very keen to establish an ongoing partnership with Racing Queensland and their OTT Program and offer our facility as a pathway for those retired racehorses that are not suited to the high pressure of show ring competition”.
Ms Sexton continues “For APRDA, the heroes are our horses and undergo a stringent training regime to allow them to work “hand in hand” with our instructors and volunteers to provide a safe and secure experience for our participants.”
Arundel Park RDA offers various equine therapy programs covering most disabilities, including
- INSTeP is a program that identifies each child’s individual needs to help with development goals, improve core strength, coordination, learn to follow directions and make choices.
- Carriage Driving for those who can no long ride or prefer a different equestrian challenge
About Racing Queensland’s “Off The Track” Program
The Queensland Off-The-Track Program (QOTT Program) has been established to support a high-quality first transition for Standardbred and Thoroughbred horses, bred for the racing industry and domiciled in Queensland at the time of their retirement from racing or breeding activities.
To maximise aftercare outcomes for Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds,
- the QOTT Program will support the placement of retired racehorses into second careers, promote life after racing options and identify retirement pathways.
- Queensland Off-The-Track will stimulate demand for the breeds and increase awareness of their adaptability and versatility of use;
- provide education and support for racing industry participants and the domestic horse community to optimise racehorse aftercare;
- and advocate for the lifelong traceability of retired racehorses beyond their first exit from the racing industry.
Other recipients of the grants include, Save A Horse Australia, Life with Horses Ltd; Help Enterprises Limited; Gemfields Riding for the Disabled Inc. and Valley Riding Develops Abilities. Congratulations to all successful applicants.