Racehorse Owners Association Tasmania  (ROAT)


Tasmanian Racehorse Owners' Association has had a name change to Racehorse Owners' Association Tasmania (ROAT). This has come about to differentiate between the Tasmanian and Victorian Associations.


The Tasmanian Racehorse Owners' Association was founded in the late 1970's with the inaugural President being Bernie Devine. From it's original establishment in Hobart, TROA membership has spread state wide.


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ROAT has been the interface between racing administrators in representing the rights of owners and their horses. Also providing/arranging advice and services to achieve the best possible outcomes for owners.


ROAT is a collective voice of all racehorse owners in Tasmania. ROAT has a committee structure with members elected on an honorary basis, making themselves available for the day to day running and general administration of the Association.


ROAT is an affiliated member of the Australian Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Council (ATROC) which holds meetings twice a year and is made up of delegates from all owner associations in Australia. Through its participation at these meetings ROAT is able to keep up to date with all that is happening with owners both nationally and internationally.


ROAT has representation on the Thoroughbred Advisory Network (TAN). TAN is the official interface between ROAT and the racing industry in Tasmania. ROAT is constantly working with TAN to obtain stakes increases on behalf of owners.


ROAT gives owners a voice in the industry.


ROAT serves as a unifying voice for the interests of owners and provides effective representation of those interests to and before regulatory and legislative bodies, as well as other industry bodies.


ROAT serves as a clearinghouse of industry information in relation to matters of owners' interest. It is able to provide or seek out answers to members' questions.


ROAT, through newsletters and other correspondence ensures that members are kept apprised of issues effecting their interests.


ROAT produces papers/submissions on behalf of owners in putting forward their views to both government and controlling bodies within the thoroughbred racing industry.


ROAT cooperates with other industry participants in various programmes and projects critical to the racing industry.


ROAT obtains privileges for it's members with race clubs and the like.


We estimate there are approximately 1400 owners racing horses in Tasmania and ROAT's aim is to serve as many as possible.


Owning a racehorse is possible for all with the involvement of syndications and partnerships. This has opened up the opportunity for many more people to experience the thrill of racing a thoroughbred, however, it is the owner that has the greatest financial risk. The work that ROAT does is directed towards, where ever possible, making the lot of the owner a little easier. It is a great sport, which gives so many pleasure.