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.
Now in its 22nd year, Equitana 2021 will bring the world of equine education, entertainment, exhibition and competition to the heart of Melbourne.
Promoted as the biggest horse themed event in Australasia, Equitana Melbourne comprises more than 70 local and International educators covering a broad and diverse range of topics.
HERO has secured space in the popular Breed Village where the Equine Ambassador Team will be featured for the duration of the four-day extravaganza.Visit Equitana
Are you interested in becoming a HERO Recognised Retrainer?
To start the application process, please email the below details to email@example.com
A member of our HERO team will then be in contact with you following your submission.
- Contact Number
- A brief overview explaining why you want to become a HERO Recognised Retrainer
Forest View Thoroughbreds
Garfield North Vic 3814
Utopia Performance Horses
Sebastian, Central Vic 3556
Heroes with Hooves
Patchwork Park Equestrian Centre
Snake Valley VIC
H-ED Horse Education
Emu Creek VIC 3551
Myrrhee VIC 3732
The Horse Workshop
Bass VIC 3991
Katamatite VIC 3649
Mount Duneed VIC 3217