ABOUT US

Giving them a second chance

The NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust (TRT) is a not-for profit charity that assists the rehabilitation and re-education of former NSW Thoroughbred racehorses.

Supporting the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Program

The TRT aligns directly with the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Program, an initiative set up by Racing NSW and Corrective Services NSW, which offers a unique way to rehabilitate former racehorses and inmates alike.
 
The Program offers many positive benefits to the NSW Racing Industry through:
•     Retraining and re-homing Thoroughbred horses for a life after racing, including equine competition, police work, recreational riding and companion animals.
•     Rehabilitating inmates and providing adequate skills, training and prospective employment opportunities in the Thoroughbred Racing Industry.

Background

When Thoroughbreds finish their racing career, their future can often be uncertain. Not all Thoroughbreds are suitable for a breeding career, and their potential off the track often goes unrealised.

Established in 2011, the NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust assists in the safe rehabilitation and the rehoming of former NSW thoroughbred racehorses at the conclusion of their racing career by raising industry funding, sponsorship and donations from the broader community in support of Racing NSW’s not-for-profit Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Program.

The Rehabilitation Program is a partnership between Racing NSW and Corrective Services NSW, which, like the Trust, was established in 2011 and aims to retrain and re-home ex-Thoroughbred racehorses through using inmates at St Heliers correctional Centre in the early stages of the retraining process. Click here to find out more

Since its inception, the NSW TRT has successfully re-homed via the Rehabilitation Program, many horses to various occupations including for mounted security, professional competitions and pleasure. Click here to see some of our rehomed horses

Our Trustees

Lynell Peck

Trustee

Lynell Peck has had over 18 years senior management experience with the Australian Turf Club, she currently holds the position of Executive General, Hospitality, Events & Operations. Prior to the Australian Turf Club, Lynell held senior food and beverage management roles with a range of 5 star hotels; the Park Lane Hotel (now Sheraton on the Park) and previous to this she worked for ten years with the Regent International Hotel Group in Australia, America and New Zealand. Under Lynell’s direction and leadership her departments within the Australian Turf Club have won multiple awards. Lynell was pivotal and a driving force in establishing not only the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust but also the Australian Club’s Mounted Security Section, She is passionate in relation to animal welfare and is an active member of the Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services.

Sharon Skeggs

Trustee

Sharon Skeggs has a business background specialising in marketing and business management. Sharon has over 35 years experience of working with major corporations in Europe and Australia. Sharon was a Director of Saatchi & Saatchi, one of the world's leading marketing companies, from 1996 to 2010 and Managing Director of Team Saatchi for 14 years. Sharon served 6 years on the Board of the Australian Jockey Club. Sharon has owned and ridden horses all her life, including competing in three day events and show jumping. Sharon has taught horse riding techniques in both England and America.

Shane Brady

Trustee

In 2007, Shane was appointed as the Security and Risk Manager of the Australian Jockey Club (Royal Randwick and Warwick Farm Racecourses). Shane has overarching responsibility for the ongoing safety and security of the Club’s assets, employees, patrons, and other key stakeholders. In this capacity, Shane has developed a robust security and risk strategy and he continues to be the driving force behind the introduction of a number of innovative security measures. These measures have included, but are not limited to, Mounted Security (deployed for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere at Randwick Racecourse) and the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust. In 2010 the Australian Jockey Club was awarded the ‘National In-house Security Team’ of the year. Shane has also completed the Mounted Police Course in North Carolina, USA through the Mounted Police Training Academy. Shane grew up in Queensland where his parents bred horses for recreational use before commencing his career as a Paratrooper in the Australian Regular Army.

Craig Suann

Trustee

Craig Suann is the Senior Official Veterinarian with Racing NSW and has been official regulatory veterinarian for the NSW thoroughbred racing industry for 27 years. He is currently Chairman of the Australian Racing Board’s National Equine Integrity and Welfare Advisory Group (NEIWAG) and Executive Officer for the Racing NSW Animal Care and Ethics Committee, and former Chairman of the International Group of Specialist Racing Veterinarians. He is also a current member of the International Federation of Horseracing Authority (IFHA) Advisory Council on Equine Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Practices and the IFHA Welfare Committee. He has been involved with the rehabilitation program since its inception.

Maurice Logue

Trustee

Maurice is a former champion jockey who has ridden over 700 winners. He is now currently employed by Racing NSW as General Manager of Education and Employment, as well as the Jockey’s Safety Officer.
Maurice has played an integral role in the development of the joint program set up by Racing NSW and Corrective Services NSW. Maurice is currently a member of the NSW Racing Industry ITAB and representative of Agri-food NSW. He is also a member of Principal Racing Authorities Training Committee (PRANTIC).

Caitlin Lei Sam

Trustee

Caitlin Churchill has been employed by Racing NSW since 2010, and currently holds the role of Marketing Executive. With a keen passion and background with horses, Caitlin completed a Bachelor of Equine Studies and Bachelor of Science (honours). Her Honours Thesis focused on the Thoroughbred, titled ‘Maternal Influence of Age and Parity, and Their Intergenerational Effects on Thoroughbred Racehorse Performance’. Caitlin also works part time as a Senior Swab Official for Racing NSW working under the Official Veterinarian and Stipendiary Stewards of NSW.

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