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)

A mechanism is required to monitor the presence and amount of specific substances (which have international thresholds in the horse) in Out of Competition specimens. When these thresholds are found to be exceeded during the screening of such specimens, it will be checked weather these administrations were formally recorded. Such findings will be correlated against veterinary treatment records in the VTR books. Such administrations must be authorised and /or recorded as prescribed by the NHA. Such substance findings will not be actioned if a legitimate treatment is recorded as prescribed.
The administration of any preparations, at any time, which contain the following prohibited substances must be recorded in the NHA Veterinary Treatment Record book:

  • Arsenic
    Arsenic is a metalloid chemical compound (a metal which can be present as a salt) found in the natural environment. It is known that arsenic preparations are marketed for use in the horse with the claims to stimulate appetite, assist in the treatment of anaemia and to improve coat quality.
  • Agents and preparations which could increase Total Carbon Dioxide levels in blood.
    These could be buffers, drenches and drips and can include alkalinising agents such as bicarbonates, citrates, succinates, acetates, propionates, maleates, lactates, trometamol, tris buffer or trometamine *. Included are products described as urinary alkalinisers and “hind gut buffers”.
  • Dopamine
    The administration of dopamine can elevate 3-methoxytyramine levels in the racehorse. Any preparations which contains dopamine must be recorded.
  • Cobalt (a part of vitamin B12 - which is also named cobalamine).
    It must be checked on the label of preparations and medications if Cobalt is contained (also if Vitamin B12 is contained). Well-known products include Red Cell, Hemo-15, V.A.M. injection, Kyro B + Liver, Kyrovital, Kyrophos Metabolic, Catasol, Intravit, Biosol, Iron Power, Hemopar, Vitamaster, Hemostam, Ultra-Fer 300 and Total Control *.
  • Dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO, methyl sulfoxide and (methanesulfinyl)methan).
    DMSO, which is a stand-alone preparation, can also be contained as a component of some medications. The labels of preparations and medications must be checked for DMSO content.
  • Salicylic acid (sources of salicylic acid include Aspirin, diethylamine salicylate, methylsalicylate and salicylate).
    Medications and preparations must be checked on the label to contain any of the above salicylic acid precursors. These could include powders, liquids and topical applied ointments and gels. Preparations include “Aspirin” and Salsprin (injectable), Sloan’s Heat Rub cream, Reparil Gel, IceVet, oil of wintergreen / wintergreen oil, Thermo Rub, Rigly Horse Liniment; Deep Heat Rub, Equiline Liniment Liquid, Oil of Wintergreen, Sprain Liniment Gel; Vet Balm; Sebbaderm shampoo, Vetsence Otiderm and Sodium Salicyl *.

*Note that the above lists are not comprehensive of all preparations which could contain the abovementioned substances.