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NHRA Rule Amendments Published

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National Horseracing AuthorityThe National Horseracing Authority have gazetted a number of rule amendments in their latest calendar, published on 31 July 2020.

In Part 1 of the racing calendar Volume 119 issue 44, these are set out.

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4 comments on “NHRA Rule Amendments Published

  1. Brett Maselle says:

    The least I would have expected from the illegitimate members of the NHA national board was to have given written reasons for its changes to the rules. I am surprised that there are no comments from SP readers asking for and regarding the reasons for the rule changes. When it comes to the leadership of the NHA, it is built on authoritarianism. Not one member of the NHA national board has been elected by members/colour holders of the NHA. All of the NHA board members are appointed by an exclusive coterie of ex chairmen of the NHA. The leaders of the NHA should be freely elected by its members/colour holders. In this regard, democracy is dead in horse racing. It needs to be resuscitated and quickly.

  2. donald bradshaw says:

    Brett , surely the N.H.R.A. board is elected as contained and provided for in that august institutions constitution as it pertains to the procedures and conditions to be followed for a board to be elected and ratified ?

    Are you saying the N.H.R.A.s constitution needs to be amended or are you saying that the current board is illegal ?

  3. Brett Maselle says:

    Hi Donald,

    The NHA national board is NOT elected. It is appointed. On this score, the NHA constitution needs to be changed.

    I have previously asserted that the NHA national board is illegitimate. If the board verily believes that I am wrong, one would expect them to provide me with the proof , which I have requested a while ago, but they have closed ranks and refused my request. I have zero faith in the NHA.

    I ask you to look at the recent changes to the rules. I am aware of at least one rule change that has been made with a covert motive. Ask yourself what could have motivated the changes? Ask yourself why all stakeholders were not consulted by the rules committee?

    Ask yourself whether the NHA can impose rules, regulations and obligations that can trump the Constitution of South Africa? If your answer is yes, do not read on. If your answer is no, then:-
    1) you will know that section 22 provides that “Every citizen has the right to choose their trade, occupation or profession freely. The practice of a trade, occupation or profession may be regulated by law.”.
    2)The NHA has imposed the following protocols on jockeys and horse racing (which are (1) contrary to the above rights in the Constitution; (2) not enforceable rules and (3) are contrary to level 3 regulations permitting persons from travelling to different provinces who are in the course of carrying out work responsibilities):- “The NHA is pleased to announce further amendments which are effective 1 August 2020, regarding its protocols pertaining to Racing behind closed doors. Riders will be allowed ONE move to another district prior to 1 August 2020. Riders that relocate to another racing district will be restricted to race ride in that district for the month. Once a Rider has ridden in a particular district he will be restricted to race ride in that district for the month of August 2020.”

    Please excuse me for not answering any further or future questions on the subject matter. I suggest if anyone is interested or affected by the conduct of the NHA ,that they contact the NHA directly and if they have no joy, to obtain legal advice.

  4. donald bradshaw says:

    Thank you Brett for your kind response , so the constitution of the N.H.R.A. provides for their board members to be appointed and not elected ?

    I now comprehend the situation and problem that arises therefrom clearly !

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