To achieve this we are initiating thoroughbred-only competitions in the equestrian disciplines of showjumping, eventing, dressage, campdrafting and hacking. In 2021 we have showjumping and Hacking/Show Horse classes culminating in the inaugural Australian Thoroughbred Sport Horse Titles in 2022.
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 early 2019 there have been over 700 licences purchased and the number of shows has increased from 11 in 2019 to over 50 shows on the calendar in 2021.