NSWROA – Current issues and objectives
The following is a summary of the issues and objectives that NSWROA is currently addressing, or is contributing to. They include specific current and long-term issues and objectives, and general objectives to maintain and improve the ownership experience of racehorse owners in NSW, from both the financial and enjoyment points of view.
- Automatic membership of the Association for ALL racehorse owners in NSW to provide a strong voice for owners and maximize the benefits that flow through to owners/members from that strength;
- Favretto report (Racing NSW imitative to have all owners supply credit card details at time of registering horse for use by trainers to pay accounts) – NSWROA did not agree to many aspects of the proposals;
- Owner movement between viewing and presentation areas at new Royal Randwick;
- Acceptance fees: Long-term objective - abolition of onerous acceptance fees for feature races. Short-term objective – prizemoney distribution structured so all runners in feature races have their acceptance fees covered;
- Simplified horse/lease/syndicate registration process;
- Reduction of costs to owners on an ongoing basis;
- Fairer treatment of country-trained horses racing in the city under the Benchmark system;
- Improving BOBS returns and ensuring the scheme remains viable, healthy and rewarding;
- Rewarding participants that actually race in NSW and support our clubs and facilities;
- Support trainers in all initiatives to ensure welfare of racehorses on training and racing surfaces; and
- Appropriate recording of cessation of ownership for horses retired from racing.
Industry representation and contribution
The Association has ongoing representation on:
- RICG (Racing Industry Consultative Group)
- ATROC (The Racehorse Owners Associations national body)
The Association has recently made contribution on owners’ behalves to:
- The Favretto Report
- Productivity Commission on Wagering
- Securities legislation
- Thoroughbred Racing Act review
- Continued monitoring and review of race programming to ensure all grades of horses have adequate racing opportunity;
- Introduction of a dispute resolution process in conjunction with the Australian Trainers Association and Racing NSW;
- Build relationships with other industry participants with a view to improving the racehorse-owning experience
- Work with other industry participants and stakeholders to educate and encourage new owners to participate;
- Assist networking with owners through social and race day functions outside the competition of racing;
- Produce the NSW racing industry flagship event – the Racing’s Night of Champions Awards for acknowledgement of owners and horses, and broadcast internationally.
- Input into industry policy and strategic planning including submissions on NSW Strategic plan, the Thoroughbred Racing Act etc.
- Standardization of owners’ entitlements at all racecourses in NSW and generally improving the racetrack experience for ALL owners;
- Protecting the rights of owners in all industry negotiations;
- Working with other stakeholders to attain additional benefits for members through discounts or access to events;
- Maintain and invigorate schedule of raceday functions for NSWROA which in turn promotes the use of race club facilities;
- Pass on specific member suggestions to race clubs.
- Increased starter’s rebates paid down to tenth place at all racecourses.
- Reduced cost of race club membership for NSWROA members.
- Ongoing discussion with sponsors to provide additional rewards to owners.
General objectives under our constitution
- To promote encourage and ensure co-operative effort in all matters pertaining to the interests of racehorse owners.
- To promote the efficient conduct, regulation and development of horseracing and to encourage and promote the maintenance and improvement of the breed of racehorses.
- To promote the consideration and discussion of all issues affecting the sport of horseracing and to promote the economy, efficiency, excellence and co-operation in such sport and to support and protect the character status and interest of the owners and to promote their best interests by all lawful means.
- To diffuse amongst members information on all matters affecting owners or racehorses.