........INDUSTRY NEWS .......
Changes in licence fees.
Following considerable industry consultation, HRSA are pleased to advise of a number of changes to licence fees for the 2016/17 Season including significant fee reductions of up to $150 for young and senior drivers and trainers. The changes include:
The decision to discontinue with the Harness Racer magazine was straightforward - it has very little South Australia content and the SA programs will be produced in On the Pace and are also available on our website.
New whip rules from May 1
The inquiry into the death of a yearling at Globe Derby was finalised. The details are on the HRSA website/Steward & Integrity/Finalised Inquiries.
Part of the inquiry was whether jogging machines should be banned. The inquiry found that it was not the practices of licenced people in the industry that are a risk to horse welfare, rather it was the negligence of the unlicenced person. Licences are issued for a reason. They are issued to people who have demonstrated they are competent by undertaking the relevant training and education. HRSA issue licences to people when we are confident they understand the Australian Harness Racing Rules and their responsibilities in relation to horse welfare.
In relation to the warning off of Heather Dolman, this was the strongest action stewards could take. We will not tolerate this person having any ongoing involvement in harness racing.
HRSA in conjunction with Worksafe SA are running Drug & Alcohol awareness sessions. These sessions will initially be for drivers but later will be extended to include trainers and stablehands. The sessions are not about telling drivers not to take drugs & alcohol. Drug and alcohol offences have a financial cost to HRSA. These costs include initial testing and confirmatory testing, the time and expense of stewards inquiries. In addition, the perception of the public can result in a loss of confidence and public support. Drug and/or alcohol affected licencees can endanger participants, officials and horses at race meetings. HRSA has an obligation to provide a safe working environment for participants and officials, and to address any workplace health and safety issues that arise. All licenced persons have an obligation to report to stewards any person they think may be affected by drugs and/or alcohol. These sessions will assist people to recognise the signs of drug/alcohol affected persons. The first of these sessions will be held next Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th June.
HRSA INFORMATION BOOKLET.......
HRSA has released a industry INFORMATION BOOKLET which covers SA feature races, race dates and general industry information to down load a copy click button below its in PDF format.