Martin Burns
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing

Martin has worked with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) since 2014, having previously worked for New Zealand’s wagering operator, the New Zealand Racing Board (TAB).

In the role of General Manager – Commercial & Strategy Martin undertook a variety of responsibilities, and through 2017 undertook a detailed review of the welfare of Thoroughbred’s in New Zealand, including breeding, racing and aftercare.

Martin recently commenced in a new role of General Manager – Racing and Equine Welfare, a role that also includes oversight of NZ Stud Book, Licensing, and racing planning, Rules and policy. Martin is also Chairman of the NZ Horse Ambulance Trust, and Deputy Chair of the NZ Equine Health Association.

Martin’s presentation will briefly highlight the context for Thoroughbred welfare in NZ, and the partnership approach that NZTR takes to improve the aftercare of Thoroughbreds.