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Racehorses Confiscated

NHA acts after tip-off

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that it received information through various sources, relating to the possible poor state of thoroughbred racehorses and the conditions that they were being kept under on a farm near Middelburg, Mpumalanga.

National Horseracing AuthorityAn NHA Official, accompanied by a representative from the Highveld Horse Care Unit visited the farm on Thursday, 27 February 2020 and returned on Saturday, 29 February 2020, with the support of the South African Police Services, armed with a Court Order to confiscate fifteen thoroughbred horses from the farm in question.

The horses were transported to the Highveld Horse Care Unit, where six of these horses had to be euthanased due to their extremely poor condition.

Whilst criminal charges are being instituted, the NHA is investigating the matter in line with its commitment to maintaining the highest standards regarding horse welfare.

  • Press release by National Horseracing Authority on 2 March 2020

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15 comments on “Racehorses Confiscated

  1. Gman says:

    Which farm.Name and shame them.

  2. Pops says:

    Did these horses ever race? If yes,who were the owners/owners who enjoyed seeing these horses carry their colours in a race.Those are the people who should answer some tough questions.

  3. Brian says:

    Absolutely! This has nothing to do with controversial, whatever!

    Come on! you can’t have it both ways. You’re in or you’re out

  4. Thapelo Montwedi says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear that i love animals with all my heart and for someone to treat something that can’t talk or helps itself like that it’s painful they must be prosecuted and banned from keeping animals in their lives. I am really hurt. From : T. Montwedi

  5. Japie says:

    Ja shame on them when the money came in they were good .l love the sport of horses racing seeing that 🐎 race give me great excitement
    Also think the place and names of that people should be advertise so people should know h they are Shame on you

  6. Dave says:

    I agree with G man, name them & shame them; idiots who allow such poor conditions for animals should be brought before a court and charged!!

  7. Dave other says:

    Is there a legal reason for not naming the alleged offending party ?

    1. Editor says:

      The matter is the subject of an investigation

  8. Mohamed says:

    I hope these idiot’s get 15 year’s for neglect and abuse of these horses please name and shame them

  9. Brian says:

    It is under investigation but facts can be reported and use of the word “alleged”

  10. Dave other says:

    Thanks Mr Ed – excuse my lack of legal acumen but can an alleged party not be named ?

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Dave
      The name of the party who released the horses that are allegedly the subject of this confiscation and an investigation is in the public domain.
      We have not had any confirmation as to who is alleged to have committed any offences that may be the subject of an SAPS investigation.
      In the circumstances, we trust you appreciate our position

  11. Palan Naidoo says:

    My opinion is that these idiots should be banned from purchasing or having shares in horses. As owners we should take care of our horse ,give them a nice retirement.. until death..

  12. Dave other says:

    Thanks Mr Ed – response noted and appreciated

  13. Y T says:


    The NHRA has stolen the limelight from the good work of HHCU.

    The NHRA did not get the court order. It did not provide the proof to the Magistrate. It provided no financial assistance. It did not provide transport or accomodation for the horses.

    The NHRA decided to get involved because of the Asian Racing Conference.

    The NHRA gave permission to have the horses sold. It did not make sure that the horses could only be sold to a registered member of the NHRA. Although the NHRA is the guardian of all thoroughbreds in SA and it controls the stud book, it allowed the horses to be taken out of its control by them being sold to a non registered member.

    Other than the purchaser, the NHA bears the greatest responsibility in this unfortunate event.

    Ask around. Most of this will be confirmed by the HHCU.

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