The NHA laboratory has observed, in some racehorse specimens emanating countrywide, traces of a substance which may be indicative of Zilpaterol.

Zilpaterol is a chemical substance which is commercially used in South Africa in feed for cattle destined for meat production. It is reported that this substance is harmful to horses and can result in adverse side effects. As such the NHA is monitoring the situation with reference to the NHA Rules.

Racehorse owners, trainers and breeders are urged to take precautionary steps to monitor the feed which is sourced for their horses and that it is obtained/ produced under conditions which would not result in Zilpaterol being present. It is for this reason that commercial chemical fertilizers are preferable in the growing of feed crops destined for horses.

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The National Horseracing Authority is a signatory country of the Asian Racing Federation and has decided to adopt Asian Screening Limits (ASLs) for the substances indicated below, effective 1 September 2019. When the below ASL detection limits are exceeded in the laboratory screening process, qualitative confirmatory analysis will be followed to confirm the presence or absence of the prohibited substance.

• Firocoxib:          2 ng/mL in plasma
• Dantrolene:       0.1 ng/mL (of 5-hydroxydantrolene) in plasma
• Ketoprofen:       2 ng/mL in plasma
                             (under the condition of a single IV or oral dose)

The current, full list of adopted ASL’s and their definition is published under the Laboratory section (Asian Screening Limits) of the NHA website.

The following licences were granted at a Licencing Meeting held on 28 June 2019  

J P Nel (Eastern Cape)
M L Turner (Eastern Cape)

F Greyling to Trainers M G & A A Azzie (Central Province)
D Steyn to Trainer C L Bass-Robinson (Western Cape)

D U de Andrade to Trainer D N Stenger(Central Province)
M Pillay to Trainer Clinton Binda (Central Province)
S Mkhize to Trainer J A Janse v Vuuren (Central Province)
M Makhubalo to Trainer M F de Kock (Central Province)
N Patel to Trainer J V Rugg (Central Province)
H J Reddie to Trainer W G C Miller (Central Province)
L R Setaro to Trainer Y Singh (Kwa-Zulu Natal)

H J Isaacs to Jockey Serino Moodley (Western Cape)

S C Scholtz – Horse Identifier (Central Province)
S J Cole – Horse Identifier (Western Cape)


Trainer B L Impey Has relinquished her Trainers Licence. (Kwa-Zulu Natal)
Trainer M L Pappas has relinquished his licence (Kwa-Zulu Natal)
Stable Employee M A Nguhle is no longer in the employ of Trainer J V Rugg (Central Province)
Miss C Bosman to start her training as a trainee Horse Identifier, Specimen Collector & Judge. (Western Cape)
Dr J Jones is no longer in the employ of The National Horseracing Authority (Central Province)

The following deaths were noted:
Mr S Ferreira
Mr J van Eck
Mr E G Anderson
Mr D Kuit




We refer to the General Notice issued by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Notice 770 of 2018 dated 07 December 2018 regarding the Veterinary Procedural Notice for African horse sickness control in South Africa or "AHS VPN" under the Animal Diseases Act, 1984 (Act No 35 of 84) and the Animal Diseases Regulations (R.2026 of 1986). As well as, to the notice was issued by the South African Equine Health and Protocols.

It is recognised that in countries where AHS is not endemic or not officially controlled by the veterinary authorities, equine passports may not contain all the relevant or compliant sections related to AHS movement control and vaccination. To move horses into an African horse sickness (AHS) controlled area all imported thoroughbreds will need to have a Supplementary Movement Control Booklet together with an import passport for movement purposes.

This Supplementary Movement Control Booklet is only valid when used in conjunction with a valid import passport. Applications for the Supplementary Movement Control Booklet can be forwarded to Stud Book, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For general movement enquiries please phone 021 001 4363 or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for movement’s and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for AHS Vaccinations and permissions to vaccinate.

AHS Movement Control
201901_AHS Movement Policy_ Notice of Passport requirements for imported horses

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 Please note there will now be an official plasma specimen threshold for Cobalt, to complement the existing urine threshold.

This plasma threshold is an equivalent threshold to the urine threshold.

The NHA website current guidance for the use of (and withdrawal of) Cobalt products and Vitamin B12 in the horse therefore remains unchanged.     

Cobalt ……. 0.1 microgram total cobalt per millilitre in urine (EXISTING) …… 0.025 microgram total cobalt (free and protein bound) per millilitre in plasma (NEW)