Breeding in Tasmania About Tasmania

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Much of Tasmania’s countryside features natural undulating limestone, which is a key ingredient for growing out well conformed and good boned yearlings. 

Many of Tasmania’s major studs are positioned in these rich and fertile regions.

In addition, these regions also receive regular rainfall, a bonus when many parts of Australia are currently battling drought conditions. 

Tasmania’s temperate climate is similar to many parts of New Zealand – a country which is famous for producing strong, sound racehorses.

An important factor for owners to consider is price - Tasmania’s agistment and foaling services are considered extremely cost competitive, compared to many mainland centres.

While the Bass Strait crossing was once considered an issue when transporting horses to and from Tasmania, the Spirit of Tasmania ferry service now provides a regular and speedy overnight service between Melbourne and Devonport.

Devonport is less than one hour’s drive from the majority of Tasmania’s major thoroughbred studs.

Many of Victoria’s leading trainers regularly travel racehorses to Tasmania by boat. These horses compete very well during the annual Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival, proof that the Bass Strait crossing is not the arduous trek it once was.

The link below contains a feature story written by the late Bert Wicks, a past President and Life Member of Thoroughbred Breeders Tasmania.  It is a fascinating insight into the history of thoroughbred breeding in Tasmania and the article appeared in the 40o South Tasmania Magazine in December 2002.

Bert Wicks 40 South St Article