Whip Free Racing

14 Sep 2017
Chairman's Update
Hello participants, Since my last message, our industry has been in a deep, open and productive debate about whips. Although the fine detail is yet to be nailed down, we are leaning toward a “wrist only” action. This is short of the ban on whips which was supposed to be implemented on 1 September,...
30 Aug 2017
Industry Notice - Whips
Harness Racing Considers Wrist Only Whip Action Australia’s harness racing industry is moving towards a wrist-only use of the whip in racing following extensive consultations with industry participants. The wrist-only plan comes after Harness Racing Australia said that, following the consultations,...
7 Jun 2017
Industry Notice - From The HRA Executive
The Executive of Harness Racing Australia (HRA) has reaffirmed its commitment to the removal of the use of whips in harness racing. “The Executive is committed to the concept as unanimously endorsed at the HRA Annual Meeting last October,” Chairman Geoff Want said after a meeting in Sydney...
12 May 2017
Whip Free Tasmania Trial Update
The first session of Whip Free trials were successfully held at Carrick and Hobart in Tasmania on the 6th and 8th of May. HRA wishes to thank the trial participants and Tasracing for their collaboration, time, and feedback in conducting the trial sessions. As communicated in the Driver Representative...
8 May 2017
Whip Free Trial Update
Following on from Chairman’s Update No.2, the first set of the Whip Free trials were held at Carrick, Tasmania on Saturday May 6. HRA wishes to thank Tasracing for their assistance and the Drivers’ Representative, Barrie Rattray for his involvement. During the three trials at Carrick, four...
5 May 2017
Whip Free Racing - Chairman's Update No. 2
Driver Representative Consultative Forum Last week (26 April), HRA hosted a vital and I believe positive consultation. Twelve respected and very knowledgeable participants came together to represent drivers, strongly present their position and begin working with HRA to map the path to whip-free racing....
4 May 2017
Whip Free Trials
Harness Racing Australia (HRA), along with TasRacing and assisted by the Office of Racing Integrity (ORI) will be conducting Whip Free Trials in Tasmania at Carrick and Hobart on the 6th and 8th of May 2017, respectively. The Whip Free Trials are part of HRA’s consultative process to work towards...
19 Apr 2017
Whip Free Racing
From the HRA Chairman Our industry is going through an important phase, especially in relation to our whip-free agenda. As Chairman, I will keep all of you informed of our status and progress as we lead the way in this new phase, and I will continue these updates periodically as part of keeping you up...
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