whip use

British Horseracing Authority To Investigate Six Equine Fatalities At Cheltenham

Six horses were killed during the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, according to uk.reuters.com. Four of those were on the festival’s closing day on Friday, including Sandsend, Some Plan, Dresden, and North Hill. Mossback and Report to Base died after falls on Tuesday. Following the conclusion of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, Jamie Stier, Chief Regulatory Officer for the […]

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Smart Whips Could Catch What Human Eyes Can’t

There are a few things you count on in horse racing regulation and one of them is that whip rules will always be up for debate. Animal welfare groups and some race followers claim the presence and use of the whip alienates potential racing fans. Jockeys come down on both sides of the issue – […]

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Societal Perception Of Horses In Sport Must Be Addressed, Says Equine Charity CEO

Roly Owers of the World Horse Welfare recommends that the equestrian community be cognizant of how the public views the use of horses in equestrian sport, reports HorseTalk. Addressing the Fédération Equestre Internationale  (FEI) General Assembly, Owers recommended that equestrian sport pursue a social license, which is an unwritten, non-binding contract that means society gives horse sport […]

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Durenberger: Time To Change The Way We Think About The Public And Thoroughbred Welfare

The time has come to get comfortable talking about animal welfare. That’s one of the takeaways from a presentation at the 17th annual Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing, and Wagering Law in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. this week. Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, attorney, veterinarian, and racing official, suggested racing insiders and fans are in the minority of […]

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Commentary: Racing Must ‘Accept The Inevitable’ And Ban Use Of The Whip

The Racing Post recently asked its readers and regular contributors what could be done to “make racing more popular” in Britain. Among the wide range of suggestions submitted to the publication were those of columnist Tom Kerr, who believes that the most obvious thing that is “central to the future prosperity of racing: the public perception of […]

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Record-Setting Ascot Hat Honors Horses Who Died On British Racetracks

British television personality Anneka Svenska is thought to have worn the largest hat on record at Royal Ascot this week, but the headgear wasn’t (just) a fashion statement. Svenska’s hat, which stuck up a full foot above her head and cascaded along her shoulders and trailed on the ground for an additional six feet, was comprised […]

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The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Whipping Nonsense In California?

Last summer, the California Horse Racing Board approved what was dubbed the “strictest regulation in the country governing the use of riding crops in horse racing.” Jockeys were required to limit their use of the whip to three times in a row before allowing horses to respond. Less than a year later, the CHRB is […]

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Voss: Eight Things I Learned At This Year’s RCI Convention

The Association of Racing Commissioners International held its annual convention March 22-25 in New Orleans with a packed agenda. Racing officials from several countries, as well as testing laboratory officials and other industry organizers met to discuss model rules, medication policy, pari-mutuel wagering, and injury tracking. We’ll continue covering the goings-on at the convention with […]

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Excessive Whipping Incident Reveals More Regulatory Failure In Pennsylvania Racing

When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill into law last month creating a new racing commission to regulate both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing, the existing commission was immediately dissolved. Wolf, other political leaders and horsemen’s organizations have 60 days from the Feb. 23 signing ceremony to fill the commission’s nine seats. After that is […]

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New Year, New Rules: Whip Rule Goes Into Effect For New York Jan. 1

Jockeys riding at New York Racing Association tracks will see restrictions on whip use tightened beginning on Jan. 1, 2016. While previous rules allowed riders to hit horses up to five times in succession before waiting for a response, the new rule will permit them to hit the horse only three times. After a few strides of a […]

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