Join us for an all-inclusive trip to Racing Hearts on the Mornington Peninsula.

Founded in 2018 by Lisa Coffey, Racing Hearts is an Equine Assisted Therapy practice based in Balnarring on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, just under an hour from Melbourne.

It is the first organisation of its kind in Australia and works with a team of retired and retrained racehorses to provide equine assisted learning, counselling, psychology and psychotherapy to people of all ages.  

Lisa has worked in the racing industry in both Ireland and Australia, and discovered her love of counselling while recovering from a riding injury of her own.  

This exclusive VRC Members event is an opportunity to experience how an equine therapy session works and participate in a facilitated equine assisted learning workshop.

During the workshop, VRC Members and their Guests will also have the special opportunity to meet Australian para-equestrian Emma Booth.

Following this unique experience, Members and their Guests will enjoy a gourmet lunch and drinks at renowned restaurant Barn & Co on the Mornington Peninsula.

Due to an increase in capacity, we are pleased to offer VRC Members the opportunity to purchase up to five Guest tickets.


  • Return transfers from the Melbourne CBD in a private coach to the Mornington Peninsula
  • Light refreshments on arrival
  • Two-hour exclusive Racing Hearts facilitated equine assisted learning group workshop
  • Lunch and drinks at Barn & Co Restaurant (Individual entrée, shared seasonal mains accompanied by a selection of sides, 2 x beverages included + cash bar available for additional beverages)
  • Racing Hearts branded merchandise (one item per person)

Please note: This event has now sold out.

DATE: Saturday 1 April 2023

TIME: 9:00am – 4:00pm

LOCATION: Racing Hearts and Barn & Co, Balnarring

TRANSPORT: Please arrive at 8.30am for a 9.00am departure from Federation Square, Russell Street extension, Melbourne. Return to Federation Square will be at approximately 4.00pm

DRESSCODE: Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for outdoor / stables environment

TICKETS: $230 Members and Guests (Members may bring up to 5 Guests). 

What is Racing Hearts?

As an Equine Assisted Therapy practice, Racing Hearts is the first of its kind in Australia. Its unique offering of Equine Assisted Psychology, Counselling and Mental Health programs helps people, while also retraining and rehabilitating retired racehorses to act as “assistant practitioners” and find them new homes and a new life after racing.

For more information about Racing Hearts view the video below and visit

The VRC is a proud partner of Racing Hearts, helping to raise awareness and providing ongoing support for a pilot program for secondary students interested in pursuing a career in the thoroughbred industry.

Racing Hearts is certified by the Equine Psychotherapy Institute (EPI).