Horse industry engagement on future of RIRDC Horse Program

Australian Horse Industry Council

  • Project code: PRJ-007472

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Thursday, September 1, 2011

  • Project completion date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • National Priority: HOR-Thoroughbred diseases and parasites


This project will determine if the Australian horse industry is willing to support ongoing equine research, and if so, an indication of how this may be funded.
The project will aim to engage with broader horse owning community about Equine RD &E. In order that industry leaders & organisations can develop a stronger sense of ownership of the equine research program, supporting an informed decision around the program’s future.
A component of the investigations to find triggers for engagement and action including language, meaningfulness, issue & topics.
The project will provide an informed report, enabling realistic options to be scoped out for future of RIRDC Horse Program.
Should initial support be gained, identification of industry leaders in the future of RIRDC Equine Program will be a key component for successful continuation.


Thoroughbred Horses

Research Organisation

Australian Horse Industry Council

Objective Summary

A building of knowledge around what triggers horse organisations and their nominated representatives to become more fully engaged in the Horse R & D program discussion about its future
An understanding of current attitudes, viewpoints and barriers (real & perceived) to supporting or not supporting the RIRDC Horse Research Program
Scoping out of funding options and gaining an understanding of if these will or will not be supported by all or part of the horse organisations, or if there is no support for a funding model at all.
A clear direction for the Horse RD & E program to support decision making around ongoing viability based on fixed funding availability.