The Thoroughbred Sport Horse Association aims to create a second career and an increased demand for retired thoroughbred race horses.
The versatility of the Thoroughbred is amazing. They can be successful at showjumping, dressage, eventing, polo, campdrafting, hacking, anything at all. No other horse breed is as intelligent and versatile as a Thoroughbred!
To achieve this we are initiating thoroughbred-only competitions in the equestrian disciplines of showjumping, eventing, dressage, campdrafting and hacking. In 2019/20 we are starting with showjumping.
TSHA’s main objective is to work with show organisers to create dedicated thoroughbred classes and to secure funding from the Racing Industry for prize money for those classes, thereby creating a market and a competition destination for off-the-track horses.
A sport horse can have a competition life (depending on soundness) of 15 years. This is why the TSHA is in for the long haul – we aim to have on-going competitions in each state of Australia focusing on both city and regional competitions for the foreseeable future. TSHA competitions will fill the gap between racing and retirement.
Since the inception of TSHA in March 2019 and first competitions in May there have been 397 licences purchased, over 1,500 rounds have been jumped at 14 shows in QLD, WA and NSW and $ 80,000 in prize money, trophy rugs and ribbons has been distributed.