Australian Harness Racing Rules 92-122
Horses

  


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.

Age

92.  (1)  Save and except for sub-rule (2), provided that the service date of the foal is on or after 1st September the age of a horse shall be reckoned as beginning on 1st September in the next racing year. 

(2)  If a horse is foaled in New Zealand between 1st August and 31st August inclusive its age shall be reckoned as beginning on 1st September next following.

Eligibility for registration

93. (1)  A horse shall not be eligible for registration unless it is the progeny of a registered standardbred sire and a registered standardbred mare and its registration conforms with the Stud Book Regulations of Harness Racing Australia.

(2)  A horse shall not be eligible for naming and/or registration and entry in the Australian Stud Book if it is the produce of genetic engineering procedures other than embryo transfer or some other procedure approved by the Controlling Body.

(3)  The progeny of a mare inseminated by transported semen shall not be eligible for naming and/or registration and entry in the Australian Stud Book unless all steps taken to bring that progeny into being have been in accordance with these rules and the regulations made thereunder.

(4)  The Controlling Body shall not register a horse foaled outside its jurisdiction unless the horse is eligible for registration in an Australian State or Territory or its place of foaling. 

94. (1)  A horse shall not be eligible for registration unless it is branded and microchipped or otherwise identified by a method approved by the Controlling Body.

(2)  A person seeking registration shall pay to the Controlling Body such fees relating to branding or identification as it may determine.

(3)  The connections shall keep clipped that area of a horse’s body adjacent to or surrounding its brand.

(4)  In the event of the branding or other identification of a horse becoming indistinct, illegible or otherwise unsatisfactory to the Controlling Body, the connections shall comply with any directions given by the Controlling Body to rectify the matter.

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

(6)  Where a person is guilty of an offence under this rule, the Controlling Body may take such action with regard to the horse as it may determine.

94A.  (1)  This rule applies to all horses which are eligible to be registered under these Rules but have not yet been registered. 

(2)  The Stewards or other official appointed by the Controlling Body may, at any time, direct that a horse be produced to provide a sample to be analysed to determine whether any anabolic androgenic steroid is present in the system of the horse.

 

(3)  Where a horse is not produced to provide a sample as directed pursuant to Rule 94A(2) that horse is ineligible to start in any race:

 

(a)  until at least 12 months after the latter of:

 

(i)  the date on which the horse, having been registered under these Rules, is allowed to start in a race; and

 

(ii)  the date on which the horse is in fact produced to provide a sample to be analysed to determine whether any anabolic androgenic steroid is present in the system of the horse; and

 

(b)  only after an Anabolic Androgenic Steroid Clearing Certificate is provided in respect of a sample taken from the horse, such sample having been taken at a date determined by the Stewards.

 

(4)  Where a sample taken at any time from a horse has detected in it an anabolic androgenic steroid (other than an anabolic androgenic steroid which is present at or below the relevant concentrations set out in Rule 188A(2)), that horse is ineligible to start in any race:

 

(a)  until at least 12 months after the latter of:

 

(i)  the date on which the horse, having been registered under these Rules, is allowed to start in a race; and

 

(ii)  the date the relevant sample was taken; and

 

(b)  only after an Anabolic Androgenic Steroid Clearing Certificate is provided in respect of a sample taken from the horse, such sample having been taken at a date determined by the Stewards.

 

(5)  Any person must, when directed by the Stewards or other person authorised by the Controlling Body, produce, or otherwise give full access to, the horse so that the Stewards or other person authorised by the Controlling Body may take or cause a sample to be taken and analysed to determine whether any anabolic androgenic steroid is present in the system of the horse.

 

(6)   For the avoidance of doubt and without limitation, sub-rule (5) requires an owner, lessee, nominator and/or trainer to produce the horse, or otherwise give full access to the horse, even if the horse is:

 

(a)  under the care or control of another person; and/or

 

(b)  located at the property of another person.

 

(7)  Any person who fails to produce, or give full access to, a horse to provide a sample as required by sub-rule (5) is guilty of an offence.

Naming and registration

95. (1)  A person desiring to register a horse may make application to the Controlling Body.

(2)  A person desiring to name a horse may make application to the Controlling Body.

(3)  An application under this rule is to be made in the manner and form and be accompanied by such documentation, information and fees as the Controlling Body may determine.

(4)  A person making application to name a horse shall ensure that all proposed names comply with Regulation 1 Schedule B Australian Stud Book Regulations. 

(5) The Controlling Body may grant or refuse an application under this rule. 

(6)  The Controlling Body may cancel the registration of a horse. 

(7)  A person who fails to comply with sub-rule (4) is guilty of an offence. 

95A.   Application to name or register a horse shall be made on form R95-A.

Registration certificate

96. (1)  When a horse is named and registered the Controlling Body shall issue a registration certificate.

(2)  The registration certificate shall be issued to the owner of the horse or to some other person considered appropriate by the Controlling Body, but remains the property of the Controlling Body.

(3)  The registration certificate shall at all times be in possession of the trainer or other person in charge of the horse from time to time.

(4)  The Controlling Body may substitute some other document or record for a registration certificate and the rules relating to such certificates shall then be read accordingly.

(5)  The person who is required under this rule to have possession of the registration certificate shall produce same to the Controlling Body or Stewards on demand.

(6)  A person not authorised in that behalf by the Controlling Body shall not erase or alter any information or particulars on a registration certificate.

(7)  A person who fails to comply with sub rule (3) or sub rules (5) and (6) is guilty of an offence.

deregistration of a horse

96A.   (1)  The Controlling Body may on application made by the owner of a horse withdraw the registration certificate of the horse. 

(2)  A horse which has its registration certificate withdrawn shall not be issued with another registration certificate without the written consent of the owner who applied for the withdrawal of the original registration certificate. 

(3)  Where a registered horse has been retired from racing or a decision has been made to not race the horse, the owner or trainer of the horse at the time of its retirement must, within one month of the horse’s retirement, notify the Registrar by lodging the relevant form prescribed by the Registrar.

(4)  The owner, or trainer of the horse at the time of its death shall:-

(a)  In the case of a horse which dies within 14 days of being entered for or participating in a trial or race notify the Controlling Body of the death within 24 hours of its occurrence.

(b)  In any other case notify the Controlling Body of the death within 28 days of its occurrence.

(5)  A notification of death under sub rule (4) shall be in writing or such other form as the Controlling Body may determine.

(6)  The person in possession of the dead horse’s registration certificate shall within 7 days of such notification return the certificate to the Controlling Body.

(7)  The owner or trainer shall comply with any direction given by the Stewards or the Controlling Body to verify the death.

(8)  The owner or trainer of a horse whose death has been notified, or which should have been notified, under sub rule (4) shall not dispose of the carcass without the permission of the Stewards or the Controlling Body.

(9)  Where notification has been given in accordance with sub-rule (3) the horse will cease to be registered and is ineligible to race unless it is re-registered.

(10)  A person who fails to comply with this rule is guilty of an offence.

96B.  Notification of deregistration or death shall be given to the Controlling Body on Form R25-A.

Gait Change

97. (1)  The owner or lessee of a horse may make application to the Controlling Body to change the gait of the horse. 

(2)  The gait of a horse shall not be changed until the horse has trialled to the satisfaction of the Stewards. 

(3)  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.

97A.   Application to change the gait of a horse shall be made on Part B of form R25-A.

Medical and surgical procedures

98. (1)  A horse which has had a limb neurectomy is ineligible to race.

(2)  An owner, trainer or other person who permits a horse which has had a limb neurectomy to race is guilty of an offence.

(3)  A horse which has had a tracheostomy, with or without a tracheotomy tube inserted, is ineligible to race. 

(4)  An owner, trainer or other person who permits a horse which has had a tracheostomy to race, is guilty of an offence. 

99.   (1)  A person shall not perform or authorise the performance of the procedure of pin-firing or bar-firing (thermacautery) a horse.

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

100. (1)  A person who has a horse gelded or submits it to a medical, surgical or other procedure of a type specified by the Controlling Body, shall notify the Controlling Body of that fact.

(2)  Notification under sub rule (1) shall be given within 28 days of the gelding or other procedure occurring, in writing or such other form as the Controlling Body may determine and, if the horse is named, notification shall be accompanied by the horse’s registration certificate.

(3)  Where a horse has been gelded the connections of such gelding shall not nominate such gelding for a race to be run within a period of 28 days of the horse being gelded.

(4)  A person who fails to comply with any provision of this rule is guilty of an offence.

100A.   Notification of gelding or performance of other specified procedures shall be given to the Controlling Body on Part B of form R25-A.

Bleeding attacks

101. (1)  Any time a horse suffers a bleeding attack the trainer shall immediately and in any event within 24 hours notify the Stewards.

(2)  The appearance of blood at both nostrils constitutes a bleeding attack.

(3)  If the Stewards are satisfied that a horse has suffered a bleeding attack which has originated from the respiratory system the Stewards shall bar the horse from racing:-

(a)  after the first bleeding attack for three (3) months;

(b)  after the second bleeding attack for life.

(4)  A horse which has been barred under Sub-rule (3) (a) shall not resume racing until:-

(a)  it has trialled to the satisfaction of the Stewards.

(b)  a veterinary surgeon has certified in writing that the horse is fit to resume racing.

(5)  A trainer who fails to comply with sub rule (1) or races a horse in contravention of sub rule (4) is guilty of an offence.

(6)  Any person who furnishes the Stewards with a false certificate is guilty of an offence.

101A.  (1)  Where a horse is barred from racing under rule 101 the Stewards shall issue a notice in terms of form R134-A and give it to the trainer or authorised agent.

(2)  Sub rules (2), (3) and (4) of rule 134A apply.

101B. (1)  Any time a horse suffers bleeding from one nostril the trainer shall immediately and in any event within twenty four (24) hours notify the Stewards.

(2)  If the Stewards determine that a horse has bled from one nostril the horse shall not be eligible to race until it has trialled to the satisfaction of the Stewards.

Blindness

102. (1)  The owner or trainer of a horse which is blind in 1 eye or has visual impairment may apply to the Chairman of Stewards for permission to race the horse.

(2)  The Chairman of Stewards may grant permission subject to such conditions as the Chairman sees fit to impose.

(3)  A person shall not permit a horse which is blind in 1 eye or which has visual impairment to race without permission, or contrary to or in non compliance with a condition imposed by the Chairman of Stewards on granting permission.

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

Vice in horse

103.  The Controlling Body, or the Stewards on forming the opinion that a horse has a defect, habit or vice which endangers or might endanger itself or other horses or drivers may bar the horse from racing for any period of time.

103A  (1)  Where the Stewards deem it appropriate, they may issue a notice in terms of form R134-A in respect of a horse which has a defect, habit or vice and give it to the trainer or authorised agent.

(2)  Where the Stewards act under sub rule (1), sub rules (2),(3) and (4) of rule 134 apply.

Pregnant Mares

103B.  (1)  A mare or filly shall not race or perform track work after day 120 of its pregnancy.

(2)  A person who fails to comply with this Rule is guilty of an offence.

Notification of disease or death

104. (1)  If a horse contracts or is suffering any contagious disease or condition specified by the Controlling Body, the connections of the horse must immediately and in any event within 24 hours of the horse being diagnosed as suffering from the disease or condition, notify the Controlling Body in writing of that fact.

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

(3)  The Controlling Body may take such action with regard to the horse as it may determine.

(4)  Action under sub rule (3) may include ordering the destruction of the horse.

104A. (1)  The Controlling Body may, by order in writing, declare an infectious or contagious animal disease or condition to be a contagious disease or condition for the purposes of this Rule.

(2)   A person who owns or is in charge of, or has in his or her possession or control, a horse which the person suspects or should reasonably suspect is infected with a contagious disease or condition and who does not, as soon as possible after the person should have suspected or became aware that the horse is infected and in any event within 24 hours of the horse being diagnosed as suffering from the disease or condition, notify the Controlling Body in that State or Territory by the quickest means of communication available to the person, is guilty of an offence. 

(3)   A person who owns or is in charge of, or has in his possession or control, a horse which the person suspects or may reasonably suspect is infected with a contagious disease or condition must, as far as practicable, keep that horse separate from other horses or animals not so infected. A person who contravenes this sub-rule is guilty of an offence. 

(4)   If they reasonably suspect any premises, place or area to be contaminated with a contagious disease or condition the Stewards may, by order in writing, declare it to be an infected place. Such written notice of an order declaring any premises, place or area to be an infected place may be given to the owner or person in charge or in apparent control of the premises, place or area to which the order relates. 

(5)   If they reasonably suspect any vehicle to be contaminated with a contagious disease or condition the Stewards may, by order in writing, declare it to be an infected vehicle. Such written notice of an order declaring a vehicle to be an infected vehicle may be given to the owner or person in charge or in apparent control of the vehicle to which the order relates. 

(6)   Any person, other than a person expressly authorized to do so in writing by the Stewards, who brings, moves, takes or allows any person to bring, move or take any animal, fodder or fitting into, within or out of any such premises, place, area or vehicle, declared under subrules (4) or (5) or any person who causes, permits or assists any vehicle to enter or leave any such premises, place or area, is guilty of an offence. 

(7)   Without limiting their powers the Stewards may attach conditions to an authorisation referred to in subrule (6) including, but not limited to, conditions that the animal, fodder, fitting or vehicle to which the authorisation relates must be disinfected to the satisfaction of the Stewards and in such manner as may be specified by the Stewards before leaving or being taken out of the infected place or infected vehicle; and/or that the animal, fodder, fitting or vehicle must not go or be brought to any other premises or place where any specified animals, fodder or fittings are located.

(8)   An order made under this Rule comes into effect on the day it is made. 

(9)   Nothing in this Rule limits in any way the operation of the Rules and, in particular, the operation of Rule 104.

105. (Rule 105 repealed, approved 11.12.2015)  Refer to Rule 96A and Rule 96B.

105A.   (Rule 105A repealed, approved 11.12.2015)  Refer to Rule 96A and Rule 96B.

Form R25A - Notification of Death Form

Advertisements for service, sale and related matters

106. (1)  No person shall advertise any sire for service or any horse for sale, lease or syndication with the representation that the sire or horse has run a certain time unless it is an official winning time, or an official registered time trial time.

(2)  For the purposes of an advertisement -

(a)  an official winning time recorded overseas shall be converted where necessary to reflect the Australian timing method (i.e. tenths of seconds);

(b)  where the time mentioned is that of an official registered time trial that fact shall be indicated;

(c)  an official registered time trial time does not include a qualifying trial time.

(3)  A person advertising other than in accordance with this rule is guilty of an offence.

(4)  Where a person is guilty of an offence under this rule then, in addition to any penalty imposed on that person, registration of a sire the subject of that person’s advertisement may be withdrawn or, if the horse is a dam, registration of the dam’s foaling may be refused.

Minimum age of owner

107.  Unless the Controlling Body approves, a person under the age of 18 years cannot own, lease or otherwise have a legal interest in a horse.

Registration of owners

108.  The Controlling Body may register the owners of horses and registration may be effected in such manner and form and with such particulars and information as the Controlling Body considers appropriate.

Ownership, legal interests, leases

109. (1)  Within 7 days of entering into a lease or prior to the horse next racing whichever is the earlier the lessee shall lodge a notification of the lease with the Controlling Body.

(2)  Notification 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 register or refuse to register the notification.

(4)  The lease becomes effective on registration of the notification by the Controlling Body.

(5)  The Controlling Body may cancel the registration of the notification and the lease thereupon becomes ineffective.

109A.   Notification of a lease shall be given on form R109-A.

110.  (1)  If the term of a notified lease is extended or if a notified lease is surrendered, or otherwise terminated before the conclusion of its term, the lessor or the lessee shall within 7 days of the event occurring or prior to the horse next racing whichever is earlier notify the Controlling Body.

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

(3)  An event described in sub rule (1) becomes effective when approval thereto is given by the Controlling Body.

110A.   Notification of surrender or other termination of a lease shall be made on form R110-A.

(2)  Notification of extension of lease shall be made on form R109-A.

111.  (1)  A change in the ownership of a registered horse or notified foal shall be made in accordance with this rule.

(2)  Within 7 days of agreeing to the change or prior to the horse next racing whichever is earlier or such other time as the Controlling Body may determine the transferee shall make application to the Controlling Body to register the change.

(3)  An application under this rule shall be made in the manner and form, and be accompanied by the horse’s registration certificate and such other documentation, information and fees as the Controlling Body may determine.

(4)  The Controlling Body may register or refuse to register the change.

(5)  A change becomes effective on registration.

(6)  The Controlling Body may cancel the registration of a change and it thereupon becomes ineffective.

111A.   An application under rule 111 shall be made on form R111-A.

112.  (1)  A person who fails to comply with a provision of rule 109 or rule 110 or rule 111 is guilty of an offence.

(2)  Where an offence is committed under rule 109 or rule 110 or rule 111 the Controlling Body may take such action with regard to the horse concerned in the offence and take such action with regard to the registration of the ownership in the horse as it may determine.

(3)  The Controlling Body may register or cancel the registration of notification of a lease, or approve an event of the type described in sub rule 110 (1) or register or cancel the registration of a change in the ownership of a horse, on the basis of such documentation or information as it considers suitable and notwithstanding the failure of any person to comply with a provision of rule 109 or rule 110 or rule 111.

Passing of engagements and related matters

113. (1)  The engagements of a horse and the rights and liabilities attaching thereto shall pass -

(a)  to the new owner when a change in ownership is registered under rule 111;

(b)  to the lessee when notification of a lease is registered under rule 109.

(2)  The engagements of a horse and the rights and liabilities attaching thereto shall revert to the lessor on cancellation of notification of a lease under rule 109.

(3)  Notwithstanding anything in this rule, the Controlling Body may make such determinations and give such directions with regard to the engagements of a horse and the rights and liabilities attaching thereto as it thinks fit.

Syndicates & Groups

114.  (1)  The connections of a horse may make application to the Controlling Body to register a syndicate in respect of the horse.

(2)  If 11 or more persons own a horse application to register a syndicate shall be made under sub rule (1).

(3)  An application under sub rule (1) shall be made in the manner and form and be accompanied by such documentation, information and fees as the Controlling Body determines.

(4)  The Controlling Body may grant or refuse an application under sub rule (1).

(5)  The Controlling Body may at any time cancel the registration of a syndicate.

114A.  (1)  Application to register a syndicate shall be made on form R114-A.

(2)  Application to renew the registration of a syndicate shall be made on form R114-C.

115. (1) A syndicate shall appoint a natural person as its manager.

(2)  An appointment under sub rule (1) can only be made with the approval of the Controlling Body.

(3)  10 or fewer persons who jointly own a horse shall appoint a natural person as the joint ownership manager.

(4)  A manager appointed pursuant to this rule shall act for and on behalf of the syndicate or joint ownership as the case may be in all harness racing matters and is responsible for ensuring that the obligations of the syndicate or joint ownership arising under these rules are met.

(5)  The Controlling Body may at any time cancel the appointment of a manager appointed under this rule.

116. (1)  The manager shall notify the Controlling Body of any change in the composition of the syndicate within 7 days of the change occurring or prior to the horse next racing whichever is earlier.

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

116A.  Notification of change in the membership of a syndicate shall be made on form R114-B.

117.  If a member of a syndicate or a party to a joint ownership arrangement is under disqualification a horse owned by the syndicate or in joint ownership as the case may be, cannot be nominated for or start in a race except with the approval of the Controlling Body.

118.  (1)  A person shall not use a syndicate name if the syndicate is not registered under these rules.

(2)  A person shall not assert that he or she is a manager of a syndicate if that person is not appointed as such manager in accordance with these rules.

(3)  A person who fails to comply with any provision of this rule is guilty of an offence.

Relinquishment of training

119.  (1)  A trainer shall on relinquishing the training of a horse immediately give notification of that fact to the Controlling Body.

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

(3)  A trainer who fails to comply with any provision of this rule is guilty of an offence.

Temporary transfer of horse

119A.  (1)  Where a trainer intends to leave his horse with another licensed trainer or another person the trainer must obtain approval from the Stewards prior to doing so.

(2)  The period in which a horse may be left with another licensed trainer or another person shall not exceed 6 weeks from the date of approval.

(3)  The details of the request must be confirmed by the trainer in writing within the time and contain the information required by the Controlling Body.

(4)  A trainer who fails to comply with sub-rules (1), (2) and (3) is guilty of an offence.

Eligibility for Nomination

119B.  Unless the Stewards otherwise approve, a horse shall not be eligible to be nominated for a race unless the horse has been trained by a licensed trainer for not less than 28 days immediately prior to the date fixed for nomination.

Location of Horse

119C.   (1)  A trainer shall not without the prior approval of the Stewards stable any horse trained by him in any location other than any registered training establishment of the trainer.

(2)  A trainer who fails to comply with sub-rule (1) is guilty of an offence and in addition to any other penalty that may be imposed, the nomination of the horse concerned may not be accepted or if after acceptance, be rejected and the horse withdrawn from or disqualified from the race.

Transfer from disqualified trainer

120.  (1)  A horse trained but not owned by a trainer whose licence has been suspended or cancelled or who is disqualified (in this rule called the "disqualified person") is ineligible to race until it is transferred to the control of a licensed trainer.

(2)  A transfer must be approved by the Controlling Body.

(3)  The Controlling Body may at any time revoke the approval of a transfer if it forms the view that the disqualified person is involved with or influencing the training of the horse.

(4)  If a transfer is not approved or is revoked the horse is ineligible to race.

(5)  A horse may be declared ineligible to race by the Controlling Body if it forms the view that the disqualified person is involved with or influencing the training of the horse.

121.  (1)  A horse registered or notified under these rules shall not be offered for sale, or sold, unless its owner or trainer has first matched the identity of the horse with its official description maintained in the records of the Controlling Body.

(2)  The registration certificate of a horse offered for sale must be available for inspection by prospective purchasers and must be handed over to the purchaser on sale.

(3)  The Stewards may cause a horse offered for sale, or sold, to be swabbed or otherwise examined or tested.

(4)  A horse shall not be offered for sale, or sold, in a condition which infringes a determination made under rule 188.

(5)  A person who fails to comply with any provision of this rule or who frustrates or impedes, or endeavours to frustrate or impede, action taken by the Stewards under sub rule (3), is guilty of an offence.

Offences

122.  (1)  Unless the Controlling Body otherwise approves a person shall not nominate for or start in a race a horse which has not been named or registered under these rules.

(2)  A person shall not cause someone to believe that an unnamed horse has been named under these rules.

(3)  A person shall not cause a horse to take part in a race under a name other than the name shown on the horse’s registration certificate.

(4)  A person shall not cause another person to believe that a horse has a name other than that shown on the horse’s registration certificate.

(5)  A person shall not change or abandon the name shown on a horse’s registration certificate except with the approval of the Controlling Body.

(6)  Where a horse’s name has been changed the old name (in parenthesis) as well as the new, shall be shown in every program for a meeting or race in which the horse participates for a period of 3 months or until the horse has competed under the new name on at least 6 occasions, whichever shall be longer.

(7)  A person who fails to comply with any provision of this rule is guilty of an offence.

 

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

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