Join with Animals Australia and help end the deadly ‘sport’ of jump racing

What is jump racing?

Jumps racing is a cruel and dangerous ‘sport’ in which horses are forced to jump metre-high fences at high speeds. The first jumps race took place in Ireland 1752 when two friends raced their horses from Buttevant Church to the spire of Donerail Church, jumping every obstacle in its path. In Australia, jumps racing dates back more than 150 years. The opposition to the sport dates back almost as far, with the first Australian protest being held in Sydney, 1848.

The NSW government banned jumps racing in June 1997. Jumps racing now only occurs in Victoria and South Australia where horses continue to die on the tracks every year.

Impact on the horses

Jumps racing is statistically 20 times more dangerous than flat racing. The horse, when racing in a jumps race, is confronted with the task of galloping at high speed and being forced to clear obstacles of considerable height, whilst being surrounded by a group of other horses attempting the same. To avoid injury or death the horse must clear each obstacle with an accuracy which is difficult when galloping at speed.

As horses fatigue, it becomes more difficult to properly negotiate the obstacles. That is why we see such a high percentage of falls occurring in the latter stages of a race.

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Animals Australia’s campaign

“Horses are sensitive and intelligent animals, and in nature wouldn’t choose to jump over hurdles and risk broken legs, injuries — even death — unless they had no other option.”

Currently, the Victorian and South Australian Governments and racing industry leaders deem it acceptable to have an ‘allowable death quota’ for horses (the ‘target’ fatality rate set by industry is about 15 times that of flat racing).

Animals Australia’s campaign to end jump racing calls on these governments to ban jump racing by sending the message to the leaders of these governments that jump racing is a cruel sport that the community will no longer tolerate.

So long as they permit jumps racing to continue, they share the responsibility for every horse dying on the track, and every punter maimed or injured.

Supporting Animals Australia

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Animals Australia, as they encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Please see our website for more information:

How you can help

Take action now by sending your message to the Victorian and South Australian government.

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