Subsidised Initial Horse Assessment

The Subsidised Initial Assessments are an initiative to support retired racehorses as they transition from the racing industry into the community.

Approved applicants are eligible for a one-off assessment of up to 60 minutes in duration with a Tasracing Approved Coach.

The Program will enable new or potential owners of retired racehorses to receive general advice across a range of areas from horse identification, racing history and retirement status, equine care advice and advice regarding horses transitioning out of the racing industry, horse inspections and vet recommendations. It may also include advice around the suitability of the horse and rider match.

The program operates through a voucher system, with approved applicants issued a one-off voucher to cover the cost of the assessment. The assessment is of general nature and intended as a guide only.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online Assessment Application Form
  2. Tasracing will review applications within 4 – 14 working days
    1. If approved, Tasracing will issue the assessment voucher via email
    2. If rejected, Tasracing will issue a formal letter to the applicant detailing the reason via email
  3. Upon receipt of the voucher, you are responsible for contacting your nominated coach to arrange the assessment

For more information please contact us at: or phone 03 62129333

Apply for the Subsidised Initial Assessment here.

Eligibility Criteria

The Subsidised Initial Assessment is for:

  • Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds
  • Horses bred for racing in Tasmania, irrespective of whether they made it to the track or training
  • Horses that were bred in alternate states but raced and retired in Tasmania
  • Horses that meet the above criteria and have been retired from racing or breeding for less than 12 months
  • One assessment per horse:
  • Applicants can apply for assessments for each horse they own, or looking at purchasing, however, if OTT has already funded an assessment for a specific horse, then that horse will no longer be eligible for assessment with another applicant.
  • Applicants aged 18 years or older

Tasracing Approved Coaches

Approved coaches as of 31 October 2020:

Sue McDermott
Location: Sandford
Telephone: 0421 954 472
EA Accreditation: Coach Educator
Dressage Level 2

Kristin Pitt
Location: Winkleigh
Telephone: 0438 365 154
EA Accreditation General level 1

Philippa ‘Pip’ Godfrey
Location: Sandford
Telephone: 0418 853 954
EA Accreditation: General Riding Coach Level 1


View the Subsidised Initial Horse Assessment Terms and Conditions here.