Australian Harness Racing Rules 1-13
Clubs

 


Please Note:   All forms mentioned in the Rules are available from State Controlling Bodies. 

Please Note:  On 1st March 2008 Harness Racing Australia Inc (HRA) replaced Australian Harness Racing Council Inc (AHRC) as the organisation's name.  All AHRC's formal structures, rules, regulations, policies, processes etc., now pertain to HRA, and any reference to Australian Harness Racing Council Inc, AHRC, Council or The Council shall mean Harness Racing Australia Inc or HRA.
 

Registration of Clubs and other bodies

1.  The Controlling Body shall keep a register of all harness racing clubs granted registration.

2.  (1) A club desiring to promote or conduct meetings or races may make application to the Controlling Body for registration.

(2)  An application shall be made in the manner and form and be accompanied by such documentation, information and fees as the Controlling Body may determine.

(3)  The Controlling Body may grant registration upon such terms and conditions as it thinks fit.

(4)  Registration may be refused by the Controlling Body without assigning any reason.

(5)  Registration may be cancelled by the Controlling Body for breach of a rule or a term or condition of registration.

2A. (1)  An application for registration shall be made to the Controlling Body not less than 2 months before the expiration of any existing registration.

(2)  An applicant shall forward copies of its financial reports and accounts to the Controlling Body not less than 2 weeks before the expiration of any existing registration.

(3)  An unregistered club may make application for registration at any time and its application shall be accompanied by copies of its financial reports and accounts.

(4)  An application shall be made on form R 2-A.

(5)  Any change to the information furnished on the form shall be notified to the Controlling Body within 7 days of the change occurring.

(6)  It is a term and condition of registration under rule 2 that a registered club shall keep worker’s compensation and public risk insurance current during the term of registration.

(7)  It is a term and condition of registration under rule 2 that a registered club which makes application to a person or body (other than the Controlling Body) for permission to conduct a meeting or race or for the allocation of dates for a meeting or race, shall forward a copy of its application and any associated correspondence and documentation to the Controlling Body.

3.  repealed, approved 30th March 2007

3A. repealed, approved 30th March 2007

Inspection and measurement of tracks

4.  Before registration can be granted under rule 2 the track proposed to be used for the conduct of meetings or races must be inspected by a person nominated by the Controlling Body and the Controlling Body must approve the use of the track.

5.  Each club shall whenever required by the Controlling Body to do so, furnish the Controlling Body with a certificate relating to the dimensions of the club's track made by such person and containing such information and certification and complying with such requirements as the Controlling Body may determine.

5A. (1)  A club seeking registration for the first time must furnish the Controlling Body with a surveyor’s certificate relating to the dimensions, features and composition of the club’s track.

(2)  A surveyor’s certificate must be furnished by a club to the Controlling Body whenever the club’s track is modified or race distances are changed or distance or start markers are removed or altered.

Qualifying/requalifying supervisors

6.  (1)  Clubs, persons or bodies granted permission or registration under rule 3, and such other persons as the Controlling Body may determine, may make application to the Controlling Body for the appointment of persons as qualifying/requalifying supervisors.

(2)  The application shall be made in the manner and form and be accompanied by such documentation, information and fees as the Controlling Body may determine.

(3)  The Controlling Body may make appointments upon such terms and conditions as it thinks fit.

(4)  An application may be refused by the Controlling Body without assigning any reason.

(5)  Subject to the terms and conditions imposed under sub rule (3), qualifying/requalifying supervisors may -

       (a)  at or in respect of races promoted or conducted exercise the powers conferred on Stewards by these rules;

       (b)  supervise the conduct of official trials.

6A.  Application for appointment of a person as a Qualifying/Requalifying supervisor shall be made on form R6-A.

Harness racing associations

7.   (1)  The secretary or other office holder of a harness racing association shall submit the association’s constitution, rules, or any amendments thereto, to the Controlling Body for approval.   

(2)  The constitution, rules, or amendments thereto, as the case may be, have no force or effect unless approval is given by the Controlling Body.

(3)  The secretary or other office holder of a harness racing association shall comply with a direction or request of the Controlling Body.

(4)  A person who fails to comply with sub rule (1) or sub rule (3) is guilty of an offence.

Information and reports

8.   A club or an official shall when directed by the Controlling Body furnish it with information or investigate and report upon a matter.

Exclusion from racecourse

9.   (1)  A club may exclude from its racecourse, premises or other place under its control, a person under disqualification or a person currently warned off or excluded from a racecourse.

(2)  A club shall immediately inform the Controlling Body of action taken under sub rule (1) and the reasons for that action.

(3)  If the Controlling Body disallows the action the club shall rescind it.

(4)  A club shall act under sub rule (1) if so directed by the Controlling Body

(5)  A club which fails to comply with sub rule (2) or sub rule (3) or a direction given under sub rule (4) is guilty of an offence.

Offences and other related matters

10.  (1)  A club shall not promote or conduct meetings or races unless it is registered under these rules.

(2)  A club which fails to comply with sub rule(1) is guilty of an offence.

(3)  An office bearer of a club or body which fails to comply with sub rule(1) is guilty of an offence.

11. repealed, approved 30th March 2007

12. (1)  A person shall not take part in, or be employed or engaged in or about, or be connected with, any meeting, race or event promoted or conducted by a club not registered under these rules.

(2)  A person who fails to comply with sub rule (1) is guilty of an offence.

13.  Any horse owned, trained, raced or driven by any person convicted of an offence under rule 12, may be disqualified from racing and prevented from being trained on any racecourse or track.

PLEASE NOTE:
Rules Effective from 1st September 1999 (State Controlling Bodies must adopt)
Rules Approved - 16th March 1999 (AHRC Meeting)
 

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