News
  • 08
    AUG

    Appeal-Jockey Gavin Lerena


      An appeal lodged by Jockey Gavin Lerena was held at the offices of the NHA, at Turffontein Racecourse, on Wednesday 6 August 2014. Jockey ...
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  • 25
    JUL

    Awarding of Protea Colours – 2013 Jockeys International


      The National Horseracing Authority has investigated allegations that the organisers of the Jockeys International Challenge acted fraudulently ...
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  • 25
    JUL

    Trainer Human Fined


    At an Inquiry held at the Head Office of The National Horseracing Authority on Wednesday, 23 July 2014, Trainer Mr L J Human was charged with a contravention ...
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  • 08
    JUL

    CNBC Interviews Prof Sanne about exports


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  • 04
    JUL

    Amendments To The Rules


    The National Board has amended the Rules. The amended Rules ...
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  • 25
    JUN

    Trainer Goosen fined for comments on Tellytrack


    An inquiry was held at the offices of The National Horseracing Authority on Wednesday Tuesday 24 June 2014. The inquiry arose out of comments made by ...
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African Horsesickness Vaccine shortage to be resolved soon.

Owners, Trainers and Breeders will be pleased to know that the shortage of AHS vaccine currently being experienced, will be over soon.  A letter has been distributed by Onderstepoort Biological Products advising that the vaccine will be available again in October.  The letter also says that the reason for the shortage is the extensive upgrading and modernisation of the OBP infrastructure and equipment.  This is good news!  We look forward to the improved vaccine production service.

The National Horseracing Authority is obviously aware of the vaccine shortage.  Because there is some vaccine still available, trainers are encouraged to make every effort to vaccinate the horses in their care according to the rules.  If Trainers are not able to vaccinate their horses because they are unable to obtain vaccine, they should notify the NHA Senior Veterinarian, Dr Dale Wheeler.  Trainers do however, have until the end of the year to vaccinate.  On the brighter side, it is still the winter period during which AHS is not around so the threat the disease at this time is not great.

To read the letter from OBP, click here


Guidelines for Classification of Prohibited Substances and the Guidelines for Penalties for Prohibited Substances.

The Guidelines for Classification of Prohibited Substances document provides a list of substances with the classification of these into classes (Class 1 to 5) related to the considered severity of the finding of the particular substances in a horse on race day. The list is inclusive of the local veterinary and human substances considered most important in treatment, or of particular concern, within horseracing in South Africa. The Guidelines for Penalties for Prohibited Substances document provides a guide to the penalties to be imposed associated with the prohibited substances considered in the Classification of Prohibited Substances document.

These documents were approved by the NHA Rules Committee on 8 April 2014 and the NHA National Board on 24 April 2014.

Phenylbutazone has now been rescheduled as a Schedule 7 substance by the Department of Health. This implies that no person may acquire, use, possess, manufacture or supply phenylbutazone.  This makes phenylbutazone a substance which is forbidden in racing.  According to the NHA Classification of Prohibited Substances, a forbidden substance is a Class 1 substance.  It must be noted that phenylbutazone and its metabolite oxyphenbutazone are therefore listed as Class 1 substances and not Class 4 substances, which normal NSAID’s are.

The Classification of Prohibited Substances and the Guidelines for Penalties for Prohibited Substances can be accessed from the menu items in both the Laboratory and Veterinary sections above.