Climate Change & Racing

Climate Change and the Australian Thoroughbred Racing & Breeding Industry

We should all think about this; no matter where you sit on ‘climate change’?


Dr Gary Muscatello: Primary Industry Adaptation Research Network Theme Leader

Dr Peter K Knight: Animal Biosecurity, Production and Health

Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney

NCCARF (National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility)


  • Climate change fact or fiction?
  • Threats to our racing horses and communities
  • Racing industry issues
  • What can we do?

Climate change in Australia

  • Since 1950
    • Warming
    • Less rain in South-East; More in the North-West; Changes in extreme weather events
  • Heat waves, floods, frosts, fires and droughts

Sea level has risen 70 mm

UPDATE Friday 19th January 2018

Scone Race Club Meeting Transferred

Dear Members,

Due to the extreme heat predicted for Sunday 21st  January 2018 our race meeting has been transferred to Wyong Race Club.
The races will be on all racing channels and will still attract great attention.
We are sorry for any inconvenience caused due to this move, but the horses welfare is always paramount in our industry.
We thank you for understanding, and are looking forward to seeing you at our next race meeting on Friday 23rd of February 2018.
Kind Regards
The Scone Race Club

Heath Courtney CEO

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Tolpuddle Martyrs and the Hunter Valley

Tolpuddle Martyrs and the Hunter Valley

Featured Image: James Brine

Several times a year I drive via ‘Glendon’, Singleton to my home at Hawks Nest. ‘Glendon’ was a magnificent historical property originally established by the Scott Brothers (Robert and Helenus) in the 1820s. Its 80,000 acres hosted a central homestead, 300 horses, 9000 horned cattle and tens of thousands of sheep. ‘Glendon’ was home to celebrated thoroughbred stallions ‘Toss’ (1828) and ‘Dover’ (1830). Both stood there. I always reflect quietly and dwell calmly on the poignant association between ‘Glendon’ and one of the Tolpuddle Martyrs who spent some years of enforced servitude there.

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