• Standardbred Breeders Association
    Western Australian Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association
    Western Australian Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association
    Western Australian Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association
    Western Australian Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association
    Western Australian Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association
    Western Australian Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association
    Western Australian Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association
    Western Australian Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association
    Western Australian Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association
  • Standardbred Breeders Association

About Us

The Aim of WASBA

To promote and foster the breeding of the Standardbred horse in Western Australia and to further the interests of breeders.

Everybody benefits from a strong, local breeding industry

History

WASBA was formed in 1970 by a group of Breeders and Studmasters who sought to improve conditions for Breeders. A copy of our Constitution is available by clicking here.

Ethics

It is a WASBA policy that we will, wherever possible, act in a positive manner and not engage in criticism or undermining of any other group, organisation or person.

WASBA has a code of ethics for Studmasters to comply with in all their dealings with Breeders and Broodmare owners.

Westbred Bonus Scheme

WASBA are keen supporters of the Westbred Bonus scheme, arguably the best such scheme in Australasia. The Westbred Bonus scheme applies to 2yo and 3yo horses that were born, registered and branded in Western Australia.

WASBA has written to RWWA confirming our support for the Westbred Scheme in its current form, including the double Westbred Bonus and payment of a Bonus to breeders of the placegetters in the $100,000 Westbred Classics.

Westbred Initiatives

WASBA works closely with RWWA to achieve benefits for our Westbred breeders and owners. Some of these benefits include:

  • the introduction of a payment, equivalent to 12.5% of the Westbred winners bonus payment, to breeders of the winners of open 2 and 3yo races under $20,000. At WASBA's request, and with the support of RWWA, this has now been extended to all 2 and 3yo races including "Westbred Only" and "R class" 2 and 3yo races.
  • Other breeder and owner benefits including a Westbred first win owner bonus and a Westbred first win breeder bonus have also been introduced for Westbred foals born after 31 August 2008. The breeders of foals born after this date and winning their first ever race after 1 September 2014 receive $2,000 on the horse's first win. The racebook owners of a horse born after this date and winning its first ever race after 1 September 2014 receive $2,000 on the horse's first win.
  • The Westbred Bonus scheme now pays down to 4th in both metro and country 2 and 3yo races under $20,000.
  • Where a Westbred Bonus for first place is earned AND the winner is the progeny of a WA based (at time of service) sire, a "double" bonus is payable.
  • Specific details of the Westbred Bonus are published in "Racing Ahead" and on the RWWA website - please click here

WASBA strongly supports the retention of "Restricted to Westbreds" races, to ensure our local product can remain viable and encourage the breeding and racing of our local horses.

While predominantly made up of but not restricted to Westbreds, WASBA requested the extension of the 2yo Pearl Classic  (colts and geldings) and 2yo Diamond Classic (fillies) to a 3yo leg. This initiative is now in place, with the first yearlings eligible to benefit from this being the yearlings of 2015 (foals born after 1 September 2014). The first 3yo legs will be run in February to July 2018 and will be worth $50,000.

RWWA has agreed to a WASBA request to program a 4yo and 5yo Westbred series, with some eligibililty restrictions to ensure there is a spread of stakemoney amongst the 4 and 5yos. The first mares series (with heats in the country and a $25,000 final at Gloucester Park) were held in May 2016, with an open (mares/stallions/geldings) series in July 2016.

Mares and Fillies Races

Initiatives and subsidisation of stakes by WASBA has seen the following Fillies and Mares races, totalling $120,000,  become a permanent part of the West Australian racing program:

    • WASBA Breeders Stakes ($40,000)
    • Dainty's Daughter Classic (3yo fillies, $50,000)
    • Golden Girls Mile. ($30,000)

WASBA has worked hard to have more races for fillies and mares on the racing calendar, to ensure a better future for these mares and their owners, with more winning chances and better racing prospects. We will continue to push for more opportunities for this component of the industry, which comprises 50% of the foals born and represents the future of the industry by providing a racing pool and breeding our future champions.

Our newest initiatives, starting in 2013, include:

    • the $14,999 Virgil Queen Celebration Pace for M0 Westbred Mares (run at Northam in August),
    • the $14,999 Bob Humphries Memorial Pace for M0 Westbred mares at Bunbury in Nov/ Dec,
    • the $14,999 King-Lethbridge Memorial Pace for M0 Westbred mares at Pinjarra in April,
    • $1,000 Sponsorship for the Busselton Sweetheart Series,
    • Commencing in 2015, sponsorship for the Bunbury Club to run the $19,999 Country Oaks, and
    • commencing in 2016, the 4 and 5yo Westbred Mares Series.

WASBA will continue to seek opportunities for fillies and mares, and will continue to seek race concessions for mares.

EPONA Mares Credit Scheme

WASBA continues to fully support the Epona Mares Credit Scheme, introduced by RWWA as possibly the best breeding initiative in Australia. Fillies and mares can earn up to $5000 in breeding credits by winning races in WA. The credits stay with the mare regardless of her ownership and can be put toward stallion service fees until completely utilised, provided the mare is served in WA. This is a great incentive to race and breed your mare.

WASBA has proposed some new benefits for the existing broodmare pool, and we will continue to seek support from RWWA to implement these improvements which will see the existing broodmare pool able to obtain breeding credits on the back of their successful progeny.

Publications

We have a monthly newsletter that is sent to each of our members. Refer to the Newsletter Tab for previous copies. Only members have access to the most up to date copies.

Each quarter our members receive a copy of the Victorian Standardbred Breeders Association's publication 'Trackbred', the national magazine on breeding. WASBA has a section written by our Treasurer Howard King in each issue.

Harness Racing Consultative Group

As a recognised eligible body under the Legislation, WASBA has representation on RWWA's Harness Racing Consultative Group. This group meets quarterly to discuss issues relating to the harness industry.

Eligible Harness Racing Bodies

WASBA along with HROA, BOTRA, WACHRA and GPHR participated in quarterly EHRB meetings to discuss various issues raised or affecting each of these bodies, to enable valuable interaction and consideration by each of the bodies for the various issues. Where there was concensus the view was taken forward to the HRCG meeting as an already agreed position.

At the request of some of these bodies EHRB meetings are not currently being held, with the last recurring meeting occurring in July 2013. WASBA would prefer that these meetings continue on a regular basis to foster discussion on various issues affecting the industry and to encourage mutual understanding of these issues. WASBA is more than happy to attend any scheduled EHRB meetings in the future. 

WASBA as part of the EHRB continues to be involved with the industry formed representative group WARRG (the Western Australian Racing Representative Group), who have made submissions to the government as part of the industry needs analysis in the possible sale of the WA TAB.

 WASBA, along with all other Eligible Bodies, currently supports the sale of the WA TAB provided it is in the best interests of the industry, built around an increasing recurring income to benefit the industry on an ongoing basis for the long term.

Industry, through the Eligible Bodies, reserves the right to withdraw support should terms of a sale be considered as not in their best interests.

WARRG, as the representative of the industry, will follow the direction advised by industry.

Any sale, regardless of timing, needs to go through both houses of Parliament, along with changes to the RWWA Act. This gives everyone the opportunity to have a say  through your member of parliament.

Committee

WASBA Committee meets the last Wednesday of each month in the Beau Don room at Gloucester Park. The meeting commences at 6.00pm and WASBA welcomes input from our members.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 26 April 2017 at 6pm in the Beau Don Room.  If you would like to raise any issues for discussion or comment please contact a Committee member or email or write to WASBA .

Click on the name of the month below to read the minutes of the Committee meeting held in that month:

WASBA plays a vital role in representing breeders on all matters that impact the breeding, owning and racing of mares and their westbred foals to ensure they have a future, including putting forward comments and initiatives on race programming and wagering. Please put forward your ideas or comments to a Committee member or email or write to WASBA.

From time to time there are vacancies on the WASBA Committee. If you consider you have a genuine interest in promoting breeding and harness racing in WA, and you have relevant experience and the time to contribute to a Committee position involving meetings and undertaking various projects, please forward a brief profile to the WASBA Secretary for consideration in the event of a vacancy. All appointments to the Committee are in accordance with the WASBA Constitution

WASBA Annual General Meeting

The WASBA Annual General Meeting is held in February or April each year, with the 2017 AGM held at Byford Trotting Complex on Sunday April 9 2017 at 2pm. For the 2017 Presidents Report presented at the AGM held on Sunday 9 April 2017, click here. For the ratified minutes of the 2016 AGM, click here. The Unconfirmed Minutes from the 2017 AGM are available to members or AGM attendees on request. The WASBA Constitution can be downloaded by clicking here. 

Sponsors

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Contact info@wasba.com.au