Horse racing has been in this area constantly for 140 years.
The complete history of this Club can be found on pages 809 - 811 of the historical publication of this area; "TATIARA" - the first 140 years published in 1985.
Bordertown has a population of upwards of 2700 people and the area which includes the neighbouring small towns of Wolseley and Mundulla, has an additional 600 residents. The Racing Club also encompasses Keith, which has a town population of some 1500 people. Keith is very much a horse orientated area.
This area is one of the most fertile farming areas in this State. It is known as the "Tatiara" which is aboriginal for "The Good Country". It was first settled after it became a stopping point for the Gold that was being mined at Ballarat being on route, overland to Adelaide. The first recorded Race Meeting was held on 26th December 1861. The present Racecourse site has been racing's home in the Tatiara since 1939. The club looks after and maintains the 70 acres of Parklands.
JBS Australia, Australia's largest lamb exporting meatworks, employs 450 people on 2 shifts and as such is the areas largest employer. Bordertown is the transport hub of the South East and many transport depots are stationed here. Tatiara Seeds is the largest small seeds Company in the Southern Hemisphere and the Blue Lake Milling Company's factory is also located in Bordertown. The vineyards have moved in during the past 6 to 8 years and Southcorp and McGuigans have over 1000 hectares of vines. Olive plantations are under way as are Blue gums.
Bordertown is the home of the white Kangaroo, which can be seen in the Wildlife park directly opposite the Racecourse. Padthaway area is 45kms away. Many local Wineries are being established in Bordertown. Various farms include the Gladioli farm, Carnation farm, Lavender farm and numerous Protea/Banksia farms. Also the Ostrich and Emu farms and Yabbies and Yabbie processing plant. Activities include visiting the recreation lake, Poocher Swamp, Mount Monster, Christmas Rocks and Kongal Rocks, There are Golf, Swimming and tennis facilities.
$25 per season
Bordertown Racecourse plays host to a number of local trainers including:
- Jeff Searle
- Don Irlam
- Sam turner
- Darryl Dodson
- Heather Lehmann
- Sharon Hayes
- Tammy Pretlove
- Sue Jaensch
- Lucy Tootell
- Lindsay Cadzow
- Jo Banks
Functions & Facilities
The Bordertown Racecourse is more than just a track - it's a great community space for events and celebrations.
The racecourse has played host to weddings, birthdays, picnics and all sorts of events and has a variety of equipment and party supplies available for hire.
0439 521 312
South Australia, 5268
PO Box 233
South Australia, 5268
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