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Mares & Foals Condition – Breeder Fined

Both parties legally represented

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Cape Town on 29 June 2018, The Alchemy Stud was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.10.

The particulars of the charge being that The Alchemy Stud, a registered Breeder, with the responsible, accountable and authorised person being Mr Phillip Kahan, was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.10 in that when inspections were conducted at The Alchemy Stud Farms on 29 January 2018 and 9 May 2018, certain mares and foals were found to be in an unacceptable condition.

Mr Kahan on behalf of The Alchemy Stud pleaded guilty and was found guilty as charged.

The Inquiry Board having considered all of the evidence before it and the submissions tendered in mitigation and aggravation imposed a penalty of:-

–              A cancellation of the privilege of The Alchemy Stud, this cancellation is wholly suspended for a period of two years on condition that the Stud is not found guilty of a contravention of Rule 72.1.10 during this period; and

–              A fine of R60,000; and

–              The NHA will conduct random inspections of The Alchemy Stud to ensure compliance with the aforementioned Rule.

The Alchemy Stud has the Right of Appeal in terms of Rule 85.

Both parties were legally represented.

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1 comment on “Mares & Foals Condition – Breeder Fined

  1. Space Invader says:

    Why did the NHRA only take steps against the breeder after two visits? They should have immediately acted against the breeder after the January visit. This shows a serious lack of concern by the NHRA for the welfare of the horses. Did the inquiry board visit the farm before it imposed its sentence on the breeder? Did they see if the breeder was actually complying with his obligations. I have never found a leopard that has changed its spots. Two visits by the NHRA showed that the breeder is a repeat offender. How often must an animal be abused or maltreated before the NHRA will take real action against a breeder? If this gets out to organisations like the NSPCA, horse racing will become the perfect advertisement to all not to bet and own horses. Abuse deserves severe sanction.

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