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  • 13
    MAY

    JOCKEY BERNARD FAYD'HERBE FINED


      At an Inquiry held in Cape Town on 12 May 2016, Jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.2 in that as ...
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  • 13
    MAY

    JOCKEY JARRYD PENNY SUSPENDED


      At an Inquiry held in Johannesburg on 11 May 2016, Jockey Jarryd Penny was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.3 in that he failed ...
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  • 04
    MAY

    APPRENTICE CALVIN NGCOBO SUSPENDED


      At an Inquiry  held at its Head Office at Turffontein Racecourse, on 4 May 2016, apprentice Jockey Mr Calvin Ngcobo, who was accompanied ...
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  • 20
    APR

    TRAINER DENNIS DRIER FINED


      An Inquiry was held at the Regional Office of The National Horseracing Authority in Durban on 19 April 2016.   Trainer D R Drier ...
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  • 20
    APR

    AMENDMENTS TO THE HANDICAPPING GUIDELINES


      Following discussions with various parties it has been agreed that the Handicapping Guidelines should be amended as set out I the table below:   Amendments ...
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  • 19
    APR

    PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE PENALTIES INCREASED


      The National Board at its meeting held on 25th February 2016 approved an increase in prohibited substance penalties within the NHA Classification ...
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Special General Meeting

A Special General Meeting of Members took place on 20 April 2016 for the purpose of discussion and voting on the proposed amendments to the Constitution of the NHA.

All members, those present at the meeting and those who submitted a proxy, voted in favour of amending the Constitution as was proposed.
 
At the centre of the changes to the Constitution is the change to the composition of the National Board.  Going forward, the Racing Operators, the Owners’ Associations and the Thoroughbred Breeders Association will no longer be entitled to nominate persons to be Directors.  The number of Directors serving on the National Board will therefore be reduced to 9 persons.  These will be :
 
- 5 persons who are Members in good standing.  Trainers, Assistant Trainers, Stable Employees, Jockeys and Apprentice Jockeys may, however, not be Directors;
 
- 2 Independent persons;
 
- The Managing Director (previously known as the Chief Executive) and the Racing Control Executive.
 
The Directors will all be appointed by a Nominations Committee which must now be established.  The Nominations Committee will consist of at least 4 persons who previously served as a Chairperson of the NHA.  So, in future, there will no longer be any elections to elect Directors.
 
In the meantime, the Directors who were elected in terms of the Constitution prior to the amendments will remain on the National Board for the remainder of their respective terms.  At the end of their respective terms they will resign but will be eligible for re-appointment by the Nominations Committee.
 
The National Board Directors are:
 
Mr Andrew O’Connor   (Chairman)
Mr Cecil Beyleveld
Mr J J du Toit
Mr Roy Moodley
Mr Rodney Trotter
Mr Ken Truter
Mr Jonathan Witts-Hewinson
 
An objective of the Nominations Committee is to ensure that the Board has persons with the necessary knowledge and skills not only to understand the needs of all stakeholders, but also to act in the best interests of the racing industry. 
 
The restructuring is not intended to reduce interaction or discussion between the NHA and the rest of the industry.  
 
It is hoped that the changes will result in a National Board which is more effective and efficient and which will enable constructive debate, uninhibited by any conflict of interest.
 

AHS RELATED DEATH RESULTS CONTAINED HORSE MOVEMENT IN THE W CAPE SURVEILLANCE ZONE

 

Please read the link below pertaining to containment in the W Cape Surveillance Zone following the death of a horse, which tested positive for African horse sickness.  The Equine Health Fund and Equine Research Centre are supporting the WC DAFF in the investigation of the outbreak. All owners with horses planning to travel to the upcoming sales, or shows, from the containment zone should confer with their treating vet and the state vet for movement certificates. 
 
Further information will be provided as soon as it becomes available. Queries should be directed to Bev Parker (082 578 7044) or Camilla Weyer (083 710 2408). 
 
Click here for the link to the Notice from the W Cape Department of Agriculture.
 

Click here for the link to the Notice from the W Cape Department of Agriculture.




 

RETIREMENT OF RACEHORSES


The National Horseracing Authority believes that all horses deserve to be treated with care and dignity when their racing career comes to an end. Thoroughbred horses are refined athletes and do excel in order equine sports such as polo, show jumping, dressage and equitation. However, they are not designed to withstand meagre or rural conditions and every effort must be made to prevent Thoroughbreds from ending up in circumstances where they would be neglected or abused.

For this reason, The National Horseracing Authority has promulgated a new rule to specify how racehorses must be treated once they have finished racing. The new rule recognises that all Owners have a responsibility towards their horses, whether they have been successful or unsuccessful, and that Owners have certain obligations to make sure that their horses do not end up in unpleasant conditions.

Whilst The National Horseracing Authority is mindful that the additional burden of responsibility now placed on the Owner may be inconvenient, it is certain that everybody will agree that these magnificent animals which provide so much excitement and provide significant economic benefits, deserve careful consideration when their time as a racehorse is over.