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Mahiakola – Failed To Care For Horses

Fined R10 000

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held at its offices in Johannesburg on 13 March 2020, Trainer Michael Mahiakola was charged with a contravention of Rule 10.5.1.

The particulars being, that as a licensed Trainer, he failed to provide a reasonable level of care, treatment and training to the horses under his control, which resulted in horses showing on examination, poor condition and consequently the NHA having to intervene and provide independent veterinary care.

Mr Mahiakola pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge.

The Inquiry Board, when determining a penalty, took into account the evidence presented, factors put forward in mitigation, as well as Mr Mahiakola’s clean record and imposed a penalty of a fine of  ten thousand rand (R10 000).

Furthermore, Mr Mahiakola’s Trainer’s licence was cancelled.  This cancellation is wholly suspended for a period of three (3) years, provided that during the period of suspension he is not found guilty of a contravention of a similar charge.

Mr Mahiakola has the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.

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21 comments on “Mahiakola – Failed To Care For Horses

  1. Pieta says:

    Is that it?

  2. Brian says:

    Come [email protected] Come on! Big guys can you not even hand this guy a break? Come on!

  3. Neil says:

    Erasmus gets warned off, and Mahiakola get R10 000,00 fine and suspended sentence??
    People have gotten bigger fines for bringing the game into disrepute, as if cruelty to animals isn’t brining the game into disrepute??

  4. Pieta says:

    Brian, a break from himself or the industry?

  5. INNOCENT says:

    Tjooo they just too harsh i guess

  6. Dennis says:

    He should NOT be allowed to ever train again.

  7. Brian says:

    Judge ye not!

  8. David Ferraris says:

    An absolute disgrace. ANY trainer should lose their licence to train if horses are left in such deplorable conditions. Why should he receive a suspended sentence?
    His licence should be revoked immediately.
    The trainer at the Vaal, Mr Erasmus had his licence taken away immediately..NO SUSPENDED licence.
    Standards are not being applied by the NHA. Owners are leaving in droves and reading an article like this would only encourage them.
    The comments stating ” give him a break” and ” don’t be so harsh on him” are hopefully not owners. They should not even be allowed to bet on a horse.

  9. Anil says:

    Been a trainer this job is not for him

  10. Stefanie Hinz says:

    Sentence too lenient.

  11. MGram says:

    I am goung to put this out there because it is pretty obvious what has happened here. If this was a white trainer then he would have lost his licence. Its not conjecture, there is a similar case recently judged and Erasmus lost his licence.

  12. Gman says:

    Erasmus had a horse running at the vaal on tuesday.R23k fine.

  13. Pieta says:

    Not sure how this individual can still hold a license…..the NHA has obviously been infiltrated on the political side as well….a disgrace…..and I hope the racing world reads this…..this is the type of thing you get when you support SA racing.

  14. Wayne Jooste says:

    What a disgrace, as some MGram said, if he was a white trainer he would have lost his licence for ever, it was done to Mr Erasmus not so long ago!!!! You should be disgusted with your self, who ever handed down that “punishment” if you can even call it punishment. It’s people like you stipes that are part of bringing horse racing to its knees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. MGram says:

    Gman you have the wrong Erasmus. You are referring to Chris Erasmus and not the son of Late Leon Erasmus who was warned off for animal neglect.

  16. Donald says:

    The N.H.R.A. was poorly managed and operated in the past but I am afraid to say that with the appointment of Mr. Moodley as C.E.O. it has regressed to become not only a disgrace but a laughing stock !

  17. Theuns says:

    A more accurate assessment is that of David Ferraris. A r10 000 fine is only one of intervention and not punishment

  18. Gman says:

    Yip got the wrong Erasmus.I read the article where his licence was cancelled as well as the comments that followed.Seems to me trainers are not getting any help from the NHA regarding owners that dont pay their way for care of horses.Could this be the reason why trainers are struggling, yet If you as a trainer go into an agreement with an indvidual or business ragarding these horses surely you should have terms and conditions in place when owners default or at least report to the NHA seeing that you as a trainer get the short end of it all.If you cannot or is unable to run your business properly seek help or close shop.Dont wait until crap hits the fan.That is of course if the NHA does offer help at all.

  19. Lee says:

    WORD IS – CLEAN RECORD … No one is perfect and so he made a mistake and got what was due to him … Surely he learnt his lesson … We cant go back and Mike shouldnt be held accountable for how Erasmus was charged … Good luck Mike

  20. MGram says:

    He most definitely does not have a CLEAN record. He was found guilty of running horses who had just returnes from a spelling farm and were clearly not racing fit.

    Guys like this should be encouraged to leave the game.

  21. Gman says:

    Fully Agree 100% Lee.

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