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Kathleen Mullan

Kathleen Mullan

Kathleen Mullan is the Equine Health and Welfare Manager for Harness Racing Australia, the peak governing body for Standardbreds in Australia.

Kathleen is best known for her history making turn in the prestigious Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout in 2013. She mounted an unprecedented campaign to become the first person to ride a Standardbred in the time honoured event aboard the popular chestnut gelding MF Hollywood which her family bred and raced prior to his show ring success.  Kathleen is also an accredited EA show horse judge and successful State and National competitor in the show ring with many royal show wins to her credit including the 2014 Royal Melbourne Hack Championship and the Esquire Turnout.

Since joining HRA in January 2017 Kathleen has been hard at work gathering and analysing data around the now compulsory deregistration of retired Standardbreds along with the planning and implementation of further initiatives for Standardbred health, welfare and biosecurity. In her short time with HRA Kathleen has already overseen the implementation of compulsory microchipping in Standardbred foals, launched a welfare focused website and written a number of comprehensive reports and recommendations on the current Standardbred population in Australia. She has also been part of a number of committees involved with the ASQA Strategic Review of Equine Training units along with the Dept Ag's HICC.

Kathleen is fiercely passionate about Equine Welfare and ensuring the harness racing industry remains at the forefront of innovation and best practice in this space.

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  • Training & Horsemanship

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Education Session

Retraining the Off The Track Standardbred

This presentation is aimed at the less experienced rider that often ends up with a Standardbred due to their gentle nature and relative affordability but is seeking assistance with hints and tips to transition their Standardbred successfully to an enjoyable riding career. Knowing the challenges faced by many when Retraining the Standardbred Kathleen presentation will guide you through exercises and pracitical applications to achieve the best outcome, as well as promoting the fantastic attributes of the breed as pleasure and performance horses and the work that HRA is doing is the welfare and rehoming space.

Friday 16 November 10.45am - 11.30am StableComfort Arena, John Deere Pavilion

Retraining the Off The Track Standardbred

This presentation is aimed at the less experienced rider that often ends up with a Standardbred due to their gentle nature and relative affordability but is seeking assistance with hints and tips to transition their Standardbred successfully to an enjoyable riding career. Knowing the challenges faced by many when Retraining the Standardbred Kathleen presentation will guide you through exercises and pracitical applications to achieve the best outcome, as well as promoting the fantastic attributes of the breed as pleasure and performance horses and the work that HRA is doing is the welfare and rehoming space.

Saturday 17 November 5.15pm - 6.00pm Horserail Arena, Epsom Pavilion