• 12

    Amendments to the Rules. (Revised)

    Amendments to the Rules were approved by The National Board at its meeting held on 10th December 2014. The amentdments will be effective from 22nd December ...

  • 26

    Trainer Prestage Fined

      At an Inquiry held in Cape Town on 21 November 2014, Trainer W G Prestage was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.7, in that he ...

  • 22

    Trainer Lafferty Fined

    An Inquiry was held in the offices of The national Horseracing Authority in Durban, on Wednesday 21 October 2014. Trainer P V Lafferty appeared ...

  • 06

    The minutes of the Annual General Meeting, held on 13 January 2014 are now available. You can download them here

  • 08

    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 ...

  • 25

    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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General Notice

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the One Hundred and Thirty Third Annual General Meeting of Members will be held at the offices of The National Horseracing Authority, Turf Club Street, Turffontein, on Monday, 12 January 2015, at 14:30 to transact the following business:

1.          To consider and confirm the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Members, held on Monday, 13 January 2014.

2.          To consider the Report of the Chairman of the National Board of Directors for the year ended 31 July 2014.

3.          To receive and consider the audited Financial Statements of The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa and the Funds held in Trust for the period ended 31 July 2014.

4.          To appoint the Authority’s Auditors.

5.          To transact any business which may be transacted at an Annual General Meeting.

              5.1      Matters raised by Mr B Maselle.

              5.2     Matters raised by Mr S Reid.

              5.3     Any other business.


Denzil J Pillay

Chief Executive                  9  December 2014




Due to the unavailability of AHS vaccine, the window period for vaccinating horses registered with the NHA has been extended to 31 January 2015, for this year ONLY.

It would appear that the vaccine has been produced and is being released, but this is not going to be in time to get all horses vaccinated with their first vaccine by the 10th of December 2014.

We shall continue to monitor the availability of vaccines and will make further changes, should we deem it necessary.

Dr DP Wheeler (BVSc)

Senior Vet: NHA


Breeders are advised that to breed horses in the 2014 season they should have been registered by 15th July 2014.  Similarly, All Stallions and mares should also have been registered by that date.  Penalties will be imposed on late registrations.
Applications to register foals should have been received by 31 July 2014. Please note that penalties will increase the later they are received.


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.