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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.




Equitana Melbourne
November 11 – 14, 2021

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
  • Name
  • Contact Number
  • Location
  • A brief overview explaining why you want to become a HERO Recognised Retrainer
A member of our HERO team will then be in contact with you following your submission.
Amanda Porter

Forest View Thoroughbreds

Garfield North Vic 3814

Daniel Bourke

Utopia Performance Horses

Sebastian, Central Vic 3556

Fiona Dearing

Heroes with Hooves

Gordon, Victoria

Susan and Heather Paix

Patchwork Park Equestrian Centre

Snake Valley VIC

Gavin Beever

H-ED Horse Education

Emu Creek VIC 3551

Jodee Young

Silhouette Farm

Myrrhee VIC 3732

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

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