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HERO (Harness Education & Rehoming Opportunities) was launched in July 2015 by Harness Racing Victoria (HRV).

HERO is the flagship component of HRV’s animal welfare framework and creates positive retirement pathways for standardbreds exiting the racing environment.

Catering for horses whose racing careers have ended – and it makes no difference whether the horse has been successful or unsuccessful on the racetrack – and also for horses who do not make the racetrack, HERO works directly with the industry, its breeders, owners, trainers, and drivers.

The program’s focus is on facilitating opportunities for standardbreds to transition from racing, race training or breeding for racing to appropriate long-term retirement homes, primarily as ridden or pleasure harness horses.

Since HERO’s inception the support from all sectors of the harness racing community has been extraordinary, not only those involved with the hands-on care and training of horses, but also sponsors, administrators and kindred bodies.

As a result, more Victorian standardbreds than ever are being placed into loving life-after-racing homes.

Get in touch

Phone: 0411 499 051




Equitana Melbourne @ Melbourne Showground
November 10 – 13, 2022

HRV HERO will be attending Equitana for 2022 and has teamed up with SPPHAV, together they will be showcasing the fabulous standardbred breed in the Breed Village and highlighting their calm and willing attitude and versatility.

Visit Equitana


To learn more about our retrainers and find the best way to contact them simply click on their name to view their profile
Mark & Di McIntosh

The Horse Workshop

Bass VIC 3991

Nicole Touzel

Marzel Park

Katamatite VIC 3649

Nikki Cook

Shory Park

Mount Duneed VIC 3217

Jackie & Stacey Barker

Monivae Park Standardbreds

Hamilton VIC 3300

Maree & Holi Campbell


Maiden Gully VIC 3551

Kimberly Humphreys and Rose Stacey

KARH Equestrian

Oaklands Junction, VIC

Louise Abey

Abey Performance Horses

Myrniong VIC

Dr Natasha Pettingill BSc BVSC BVMS

Taraleigh Training

Carlseruhe VIC

Julie Bramucci

Rafiki Equestrian

St Leonards VIC

Susan and Heather Paix

Patchwork Park Equestrian Centre

Snake Valley VIC

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