The Australian Racing Museum and Hall of Fame is dedicated to telling the stories of thoroughbred racing in Australia and preserving its rich history.
TIC is a major sponsor of national youth equestrian events in Australia, including The Pony Club Australia National Championships and the Equestrian Australia Interschool Series. The organisation bolsters these competitions at a national level and supports healthy equestrian competition for young people.
Race Club’s Community Race Day
The majority of the 385 race clubs across Australia, including rural and remote regions, host a local community cup day. Funds raised are allocated to a local community need. Major metropolitan clubs, through associated foundations, contribute to local state and national community-based charities. For example: Regional – Muswellbrook Race Club; Metropolitan – MRC Foundation (see below).
Magic Millions is a premier thoroughbred sales company in Australia. Every January on the Gold Coast, the company holds its flagship event – the internationally-renowned The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival, Raceday and Yearling Sale – featuring 12 days of fun, fast-paced action, on and off the track.
Established to support the participation and profile of women in the thoroughbred industry, the initiative offers prizemoney incentives to encourage more to own racehorses. It offers lucrative bonuses annually to horses that are 100% owned by women and has inspired large all-female ownership groups around the globe.
Set in the heritage-listed Old Tote building on Eagle Farm racecourse, the Racing Museum offers a journey through history. Attractions include the award-winning Julius Totalisator, a unique piece of engineering said to be the forerunner of the computer. Photographs, paintings, trophies, jockeys’ silks, memorabilia and stories of racing’s great champions are on display.
The Australian Turf Club is home to four racecourses in the Sydney metropolitan area and is committed to serving communities through charitable support programmes and engagement. ATC Foundation gives grants nationally to support charitable organisations (with DGR1 status) that work to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavours. Key races underpin charity initiatives and community gatherings.
Selected minimum-security inmates are given the opportunity to learn horse-related vocational skills to help them secure employment after being released from custody.
BackTrack Youth Works has been helping vulnerable young people in the New England region with counselling, education, life skills and support since 2006. In early 2019, the programme was expanded to include the retraining of retired racehorses for new careers under the guidance of Patrick Herde, from Ballyoch Horses at Deepwater in Northern NSW, and supported by Racing NSW.
Talented Pony Club members aged 16 and over can apply to learn how to retrain off-the-track thoroughbreds for equestrian sports, including dressage, showjumping and eventing.
The festival pays homage to all breeds of horses, including thoroughbreds, Australian Stock horses and draught horses, as well as the men and women who breed and work with them.
The Upper Hunter is home to unique Australian heritage and history, iconic horse studs and award-winning wineries. Nestled in the Hunter Valley, it is surrounded by the Wollemi National Park, which is part of the Greater Blue Mountains Heritage Area and the Barrington Tops National Park. Tours can be booked through commercial accredited operators or the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association (HTBA).
The Melbourne Cup Foundation, launched in November 2020, will be underpinned by three core pillars representing the three handles of the Cup trophy; honouring the past, enhancing the present and shaping the future. It will bring together existing VRC charitable initiatives and also provide a platform to drive the goals of building community, connectedness and belonging. Read about the community and education Cup tour.
The MRC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Melbourne Racing Club, and provides a centralised, coordinated approach to its charitable giving and community support. The foundation assists a diverse range of groups and organisations, particularly those within the areas of its three racecourses, Pegasus Leisure Group venues across Victoria and participants in the racing industry. The MRC Foundation hopes to engage not only its MRC members and Pegasus Rewards customers but also the wider Victorian community by generating charitable funds and other support to enrich the lives of people in need.
Victoria Racing Club offers different tours of Flemington Heritage Centre and guided walking tours of the grounds.
The VRC offers periodic community, health & wellbeing fitness classes. While they are temporarily discontinued due to Covid-19, see details of their at-home fitness activities. Racecourse grounds are still open for community use and local people are encouraged to continue enjoying the gardens and wetlands for personal exercise and walking pets.
Victoria Racing Club supports the community through a number of programmes, working with charities and organisations that address needs relating to racing industry welfare, animal welfare, community health and the local community.