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QRIC announces grant recipients

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has unveiled the recipients of its Racing Animal Welfare Grants Program.

Earlier today, QRIC confirmed more than $76,000 had been provided to 20 projects across the state.

Racing Minister Grace Grace said community organisations with an interest in aftercare had benefited from the grants, along with those who continued to support welfare initiatives.

“The Redlands Southern District Equestrian group will provide opportunities for several clubs to come together incorporating district clubs for their project the Great South-East Off The Track Dressage Series,” she said.

Retired racing horses will feature in agricultural shows at Roma and Toowoomba, while retired racing greyhound organisation, Love A Greyhound, has been funded for desexing, vaccinations, heartworm treatments and dental work for the dogs they prepare for rehoming.

Several equestrian groups have also been supported to run events throughout 2022 including the Caloundra Equestrian Association and the South Burnett Western Performance Club.

Equestrian Queensland has taken a further step into education for owners and riders of retired racing horses through an online project that will deliver a fundamental series of training videos.

QRIC’s Acting Deputy Commissioner Darryl Johnson thanked this year’s applicants.

“The RAW grants program supports the delivery of projects that promote and support the Commission’s animal welfare objectives including maximising the post-racing career opportunities for racing animals,” he said.

Click here to see a full list of recipients from the Racing Animal Welfare Grants Program.