Stud Staff Support Line

Phone – 1300 822 935

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia has a mental health and wellbeing support service for those working in the breeding industry.

The Stud Staff Support Line provides access to free, independent and confidential face-to-face or phone counselling sessions at a time and location of your choosing.

Anybody working directly in breeding can access the service by calling 1300 822 935 to schedule an appointment with a counsellor.

2023-24 Thoroughbred Owners Season Guide

‘Phage therapy’ could hold the key to managing foal pneumonia


In response to industry concerns, researchers are travelling back in time to investigate historical disease management approaches that could lead to a novel treatment for the management of Rhodococcus equi (R. equi) pneumonia, more commonly known as ‘rattles’ in foals.

Click below to read the full Agrifutures article.

AgriFutures Thoroughbred Horse Program Webinar Series – Webinar 2: Thoroughbred Welfare

In this webinar, Hear from Dr Meredith Flash, University of Melbourne, on current research projects ‘birth to racing’ and ‘racing to retirement’, and Tom Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, on key findings identified by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Welfare Working Group in the final report, ‘The Most Important Participant’.

Click below to watch the webinar.

Thoroughbred Welfare Initiative

In February 2020, with the support of other participant groups, TBA established an independent welfare panel, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Welfare Working Group (TAWWG), to look at how the thoroughbred industry could improve outcomes for horses after they leave racing and breeding.

The TAWWG was headed by former Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine and also included RSPCA Australia and a former chair of Equine Veterinarians Australia.

In November 2021, the TAWWG released its report titled The Most Important Participant: A framework for thoroughbred welfare to provide a comprehensive pathway to improving thoroughbred welfare in Australia.

Click below to download the report.