equine welfare

BHA makes 30 recommendations in Grand National review

The British Horseracing Authority has concluded its detailed Review into the Grand National. The report, The Grand National: A Review of Safety and Welfare – has today been published in full and is available from the Authority’s website. The Review has led to the publication of 30 recommendations designed to continue enhancing the safety and […]

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Strawbridge should lead racing’s drug reform effort

Can’t say I know George Strawbridge very well, but I appreciate his comments on the issue of drugs in American horse racing while speaking as the honor guest at the Thoroughbred Club of America’s annual testimonial dinner at Keeneland on Sunday night. By all accounts, Strawbridge is one of our game’s great sportsmen. He does […]

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California rescue group deals with ‘worst case’ of horse cruelty

An animal rescue group in Northern California helped save dozens of horses from deplorable conditions and is asking the community to help it deal with situation.  This week, Dwight Bennett, the owner of Whispering Pines Ranch, was charged with 30 counts of animal cruelty.  Earlier this year, volunteers from The Grace Foundation discovered the carcasses […]

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British Parliament getting involved in whip issue

A committee of the British Parliament plans to meet next week with horse racing industry representatives to discuss the ongoing dispute over new whip rules.  The All-Party Racing Group, consisting of Members of Parliament (MPs), hopes to bring together the Professional Jockeys Association and British Horseracing Authority to prevent further acrimonious debate in public over […]

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Arabian horse groups express support for reopening slaughter plants

As the debate continues over whether horse slaughter plants should be reopened in the United States, two major Arabian horse organizations are weighing with their support for allowing horse slaughter to resume. The following is a letter sent by the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horsement’s Association to the Arabian Horse Association explaining the group’s position. […]

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Britain: Two jockeys suspended on first day of new whip rules

Jockey Kieren Fox was given a 15-day suspension Monday for violating new, more stringent whip rules set down by the British Horseracing Authority.  Fox was found to have used the whip 11 times – four more than allowed under the new rules – during a handicap at Salisbury.  Fox also struck his mount seven times […]

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Report: Mysterious horse deaths in Australia could be poisoning

Authorities in Australia are working to determine what has caused the deaths of 21 horses in the past week on a property in the Gold Coast region.  Biosecurity officials quarantined the property and are awaiting the results of tests for the hendra virus. But Australia’s ABC News reports that the owner of the horses fears […]

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Shanklin: U.S. should emulate Britain’s whip rules

At Horse Racing Business, Bill Shanklin discusses the more stringent whip rules recently announced by the British Horseracing Authority and how they compare to the rules in U.S. racing jurisdictions.  Following Cape Blanco’s win in Saturday’s Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park, there was talk that jockey Jamie Spencer’s use of the whip would […]

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Britain: New rules cut the number of legal whips in half

The British Horseracing Authority has concluded its wide-ranging and detailed Review into the use of the whip in Horseracing, which first commenced in November 2010. The report, Responsible Regulation: a Review of the use of the whip in Horseracing – has been published in full and is available from the Authority’s website.  Click here to […]

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Report: Britain won’t ban whips but will stiffen rules, penalties

The British Horseracing Authority is expected to release an extensive review Tuesday of its rules regarding whip use by jockeys.  The Guardian says the review will not call for an outright ban of the whip for encouragement but will significantly reduce the allowable number of strokes during a race.  The Guardian says penalties for violating […]

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