Join Football legend, Sam Newman for an intimate two-course lunch and drinks (beer, wine, sparkling and soft drink) on Wednesday, August 3rd. We’re pretty sure the former Geelong superstar and one of the most entertaining media presenters in the land will need no introduction! Career Highlights include 2x Geelong Best & Fairest 1968, 1975, Geelong Team of the Century, Geelong Hall of Fame Representative, 2 x National Football Carnival Championship: 1969, 1975, All-Australian team 1969 and Australian Football Hall of Fame Member. This is a must for any AFL fan and anyone who wants to hear a ‘good story’! For bookings https://thehighway.com.au/product/sam-newman-lunch/

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Our friends at The Highway have another great lunch, this time featuring Heath Shaw on July 22nd Never too far from a controversy, Heath Shaw played a total of 325 games of AFL for Collingwood and GWS from 2004 until his retirement in 2020. We’re pretty sure he’ll have a few good stories to tell! The Highway would love your attendance on the day, as they are proudly supporting Novita as their chosen charity. This is their annual ‘footy lunch’ that prior to COVID they held regularly with Novita, so they’re very keen to raise as much money as we can to assist them. Tickets are priced at $120 per person, and include a superb 3 course luncheon and all beverages. If you would like more information or to book, please click here.

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Our new sponsor for our Owner of the Month Award, The Highway as an upcoming function which should be of interest to racing people in general as 3 time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy will be the special guest speaker. The function is a lunch on Friday April 29th (the day before the 2022 Adelaide Racing Carnival begins) where he will be interviewed by Racing.com’s Terry McAuliffe, and undoubtedly there will be some terrific stories to be heard. Tickets are $120 per person and include a 3 course lunch and all beverages (beer, cider, wine, sparkling, soft drink). Tables are tables of 10, however we can also accommodate individual tickets if you would prefer. For booking information click here

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Teagan Voorham pictured with SAROA President Allie Umoff Showing great resilience and dedication following a serious injury SAROA Apprentice Award winner for 2021 is Teagan Voorham. Teagan had a good night at the Apprentice Academy Awards night winning three awards. Teagan spoke to Richard Stafford about her career to date.

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Allie with Danger Deal SAROA President Ken Cock has decided to stand down after a little over three years in the role. Ken has done a great job in improving relationships between SAROA and other industry bodies. He has agreed to stay on committee as Vice-President.  At our recent committee meeting Vice-President Allie Umoff was elected as President unopposed. Allie will bring her passion for racing and for improving the ownership experience to the role.  SAROA looks forward to continuing its important role as the body that strenuously  advocates for  the rights and needs of owners. 

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The SAROA AGM for 2021 is booked for September 25th in the Leilani Room at Morphettville The meeting starts at 11:30 sharp. Attendance is restricted to financial SAROA members – if you haven’t renewed please do ASAP. Finger food will be provided.

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Glen Eden Stud based in Moranding VIC are promoting availability of their Stallion Match Service with G! Goldmine. They will provide this service to SAROA members and SA breeders free of charge. G1 Goldmine is a market leading pedigree analysis platform that gives breeders the power to research pedigrees through a host of online tools. With the help of G1 Goldmine, Glen Eden has empowered breeders to replicate proven stakes winning pedigrees using it’s Stallion Match tool. Simply choose a Glen Eden stallion, enter your mare and find stake winners from around the world that have be bred with a similar pedigree. Aim for a 20/20 Match which indicates your hypothetical mating has a high number of shared ancestors with multiple stakes winners. Or even better, try your luck at obtaining a Perfect Match which is achieved when your hypothetical mattings shares ancestors with multiple stakes winners in EVERY quarter of the pedigree. Both indicates a high affinity with proven winning pedigrees. Stats: Nearly 634,000 Stallion Match searches this year so far.Close to 87,000 of those searches were a 20/20 Match.Only 3082 were a Perfect Match Click on the ads on our website to activate this service or click here to utilise this service https://g1goldmine.com/g1g/ui/stallionmatch-result?for=G1StallionMatch%20-%20GLENEDEN-REBELDANE.htm

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The new horse ambulance SAROA committee met with the Equine Welfare section of Racing SA – Thorough Care SA to discuss their role Equine Welfare has become an increasing focus for Principal Racing Authorities for a number of years. South Australia has seen 1% of prizemoney being deducted for Equine Welfare Initiatives since July 1 2020 so owners are keen to know what the levy is being used for. The 1% prizemoney levy is used to fund a number of Equine Welfare initiatives including the role of Racing SA Equine Welfare Officer. Appointed in March 2020, John Cornell has been in the role of Equine Welfare Officer, moving from the McEvoy Mitchell Racing team. John, as Equine Welfare Officer has developed a close working relationship with the inspectorate division of the RSPCA, working together to improve welfare outcomes for thoroughbred horses in need. John will soon become the first racing official in Australia to be given Inspector powers under the Animal Welfare Act, equivalent to those of an RSPCA inspector but restricted to equine issues. John has been able to establish a productive relationship with the RSPCA in investigating and resolving matters of neglect in relation to equine animals. On a more proactive basis, Thorough Care SA (TCSA) (the Welfare arm of Racing SA) has initiated a number of incentives for the uptake of retired racehorses into Off The Track (OTT) equestrian programmes. The support of TCSA and their presence at these events seeks to create demand for thoroughbreds after their racing involvements are over. In addition, TCSA have purchased a state of the art Horse Ambulance that greatly improves the ability of racecourse personnel and vets to deal with any accident or injury that occurs on race days. The ambulance is currently available for metropolitan and provincial meetings and there are two more on order – one will be stationed in the South East and one will service the Port Augusta and Port Lincoln seasons. They are expected to be operational by July this year. TCSA is also working with Clubs to improve horse safety and welfare related infrastructure at various tracks – for example, the provision of cooling aids to assist during the hotter months. TCSA have just finalised “Retirement Packs” that will be supplied with a horse to be rehomed. The packs will include a rug and supplements and feed to a value of around $500 to the recipient, the cost to Racing SA will be around $200 due to the support it has been able to arrange with the suppliers involved. Hygain Feeds will offer a lifetime 25% discount on its products for any rehomed horse registered with Thorough Care SA. TCSA is also working with Roseworthy, investigating whether there are any research projects that will assist in positive welfare outcomes for horses, particularly through education seminars and resources. They have also been involved with Racing Australia on increasing the traceability of thoroughbred horses from birth to end of life. TCSA have also been involved in coordinating appropriate responses for the proposed Code of Conduct for horse transport companies as currently there are no National guidelines, they are State based.

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SAROA and Santa didn’t get together last year because of COVID-19, hopefully this year will be different. We are conscious that SAROA has been unable to run functions for some time. We would like to welcome our members for an afternoon tea – starting around 2 pm on Saturday April 24th in the Terrace Bar at Morphettville. Food service will commence at 3:00pm We will supply platters of savoury and sweet nibbles and a complementary drink for our members. Non-members welcome for $20 per person. To assist with catering please book ASAP as time is short  via the website www.saroa.com.au or ring Richard on 0432664824 or email secretary@saroa.com.au

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