Health and Animal Welfare

Harness Racing New Zealand’s vision for Standardbred welfare

“Every Standardbred horse should be treated with respect, compassion and understanding and shall receive a standard of care which allows them to enjoy a good quality of life while in the racing industry and on retirement.”

Our mission is to work with the racing industry (trainers, breeders, and owners) rehoming groups, government organisations and welfare groups to enable the care of the Standardbred horses to exceed the current animal welfare standards.

Standardbred welfare

Health and animal welfare is very important to Harness Racing New Zealand.


Tracing our Standardbreds

Traceability of the racing population is very important and we are always working to improve our systems.  


Caring for our Standardbreds

We are dedicated to communicating best practice care and husbandry to the industry.


Health and management

Racehorse injuries & fatalities are an imperative issue that need research & understanding to minimise problems.


Life after racing

We ensure as many of our retiring horses are retrained and re-homed for second careers as sport or pleasure horses.