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    Trainer J V A Strydom Fined for Prohibited Substance


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    JUL

    Jockey S Devoy Suspended


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    JUL

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    JUN

    TRAINER K G NAIDOO FINED FOR PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE


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  • 31
    MAR

    Restriction on African Horse Sickness Vaccination Period.


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Grade 1 Winners

 

AMENDMENT TO THE GUIDELINES FOR CLASSIFICATION OF PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES

At a meeting of the National Board held on 30 July 2015, it was agreed that the Guidelines for Classification of Prohibited Substances would be amended by the addition of the following substances:

                                    CARBON DIOXIDE (Total available Carbon Dioxide)

                                    COBALT

Accordingly, Carbon Dioxide is classified as a Class 2 substance, a substance which has an obvious effect on a horse.  The internationally agreed threshold level for Carbon Dioxide is 36 millimoles available Carbon Dioxide per litre in plasma.

Cobalt is classified as a Class 3 substance, a substance which has the potential to affect the performance of the horse.  The internationally agreed threshold level for Cobalt is 0.1 microgram total cobalt per millilitre in urine.

 


OFFICIAL STATISTICS WILL NOT CHANGE

The official statistics, as published by the National Horseracing Authority, will not be changed because of the postponement of the Racemeeting that was to be held at Greyville on 25th July 2015, to the following Saturday, 1 August 2015.

The Rules state that the Racing Year will be the period from 1 August to 31 July the following year.

It is unfortunate that the weather has played a role in the determination of the Championship categories but it has to be accepted that horseracing will always be affected by factors outside of its control.  Any efforts to address such factors will only lead to a situation where certain parties will benefit and others will be prejudiced.

 


Mr Robin Bruss Resigns from the NHA

Mr Robin Bruss tendered his resignation as a Director of the National Board of Directors of The National Horseracing Authority.  After consideration, the National board accepted his resignation.

Mr Bruss was elected to the National Board in 2006.  During the period that he served as a Director, Mr Bruss Chaired the Graded Races Standing Committee and the Transformation Committee.  He also Chaired investigations into various matters, most notably the Merit Rating System of handicapping.

The National Horseracing Authority expresses its gratitude for the valuable contributions made by Mr Bruss.

 


Notice to all Breeders

Foal Registration Fee Increase

Breeders are advised that the foal registration fee will be increased with effect from 1 August 2015

As you are aware, the foal registration fee is made up of three components, namely, the TBA Research Fee, the Foal Identification Fee and the NHA Administration fee.

As advised at the TBA's AGM, the Research Fee will be increased to R745.  The research fee is an important contribution which goes towards scientific research and the development of export markets for racehorses.

The Foal Identification Fee will be increased to R680.  We have in the past, benefited from the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory having been able to use in-service students to perform some of the laboratory work.  Unfortunately, these students will no longer be available.  This together with a 16% increase in the cost of reagents imported from the USA has resulted in enormous pressure being put on the costs of foal identification and parentage testing.

The NHA has agreed that all administration fees will be increased by 8% in the new season.  The new NHA Administration Fee will be R275.

Therefore, from 1 August 2015 the total cost to register a foal will be R1 700.

Please also note that, as was previously advised, the increased fee will apply to all foals registered after 1 August 2015, including foals born in 2014 and before.

 


AMENDMENTS TO THE AFRICAN HORSESICKNESS RULES

Please be advised that the AHS vaccination schedule has been amended.  The amendments have been brought about by changes to the Government AHS vaccination requirements.  The Vaccination requirements are now as follows:

 

AFRICAN HORSE SICKNESS VACCINATION PROGRAMME

1.    Acting in Terms of Rule 39.1.1., the NATIONAL BOARD has issued the following directive in respect of the compulsory vaccination of HORSES:

2.    All HORSES, except those referred to in 7. below, and those resident in Zimbabwe and the area defined in 3.  below, shall be vaccinated against African Horse Sickness by a Veterinarian, using a registered, non-expired, polyvalent horse sickness vaccine according to the manufacturers’ recommendations :-

2.1         two times as FOALS between the ages of 6 and 18 months, not less than 90 days apart and, where possible, between 1 June and 31 October, and thereafter

2.2         every year between 1 June and 31  October.

3.          No HORSE resident in the magisterial districts of Cape Town, Vredenburg, Hopefield, Moorreesburg, Malmesbury, Wellington, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Kuilsrivier, Goodwood, Wynberg, Bellville, Simonstown, Somerset West, Mitchells Plain and Strand, shall be vaccinated against African Horse Sickness unless written permission of the Director of Animal Health of the Republic of South Africa has been obtained.

4.          Any HORSE, except those referred to in 7. below, moving from the area described in 3. above, to the rest of the country between 1 November and 31 May, which has not been vaccinated in terms of 2.2 above, shall be vaccinated as instructed in writing by a Veterinarian employed by the NATIONAL HORSERACING AUTHORITY.

5.          HORSES resident in Zimbabwe shall be vaccinated against African Horse Sickness by a PERSON or a Veterinarian using a non-expired, registered, polyvalent horse sickness vaccine according to the schedule prescribed in 2.1and 2.2 above.

6.          All HORSES and FOALS resident in the magisterial districts of Clanwilliam, Piketberg, Ceres, Tulbach, Worcester, Caledon, Hermanus, Bredasdorp, Robertson, Montagu and Swellendam shall only be vaccinated between 1 June and 31 October.

7.          All registered stallions and mares, standing on stud farms, except those referred to in 3. above, shall be vaccinated against African Horse Sickness by a Veterinarian, using a registered, non-expired, polyvalent horse sickness vaccine according to the manufacturers’ recommendations, at least once every calendar year and where possible, between 1 June and 31 October.