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NHA – How About A Pyramid Structure?

Democracy at work can be a cumbersome process!

Two proposals of note have been discussed recently in relation to the National Horseracing Authority debate – the one by SANTA and the other one in respect of of the establishment of a Supervisory Board.

Neill de Bruyn writes in the Sporting Post Mailbag that surely there must be various permutations in respect of a possible organisational (industry) restructuring, of which the below may also be food for thought:

  • A Board of Directors at the top of the organizational ‘pyramid’
  • 4 entities on the baseline of the pyramid, all with equal status and reporting upwards to the Board

The 4 entities are the NHA, Gold Circle, Phumelela / 4 Racing and a new body consisting of other stakeholders – possibly called the NHRS?

The 4 bodies obviously represent the regulating, operating and stakeholder functionalities.

Nothing new here, except for the stakeholder entity being a separate, permanent structure with a direct reporting line to the Board of Directors.

Ramifications of this proposal:

  • in this model the advancement and promotion of the sport resides with the Operators and the Stakeholders, who are possibly best suited for the job
  • the application of rules and regulations remains the sole responsibility of the NHA who must retain its independency
  • A CEO is in charge of each of the 4 entities. Here the proposal is that Mr Moodley’s job moves over from the NHA to the ‘NHRS’, because the ‘disciplinary’ body already has a CEO
  • the Board of Directors to consist of the CEO’s of the 4 entities plus one or two independents.

Where contentious issues affecting more than one of the entities are on the agenda, the CEO’s should be mandated by the bodies they represent.

You will notice that the job description of the Chairperson of the Board gets a little bit ‘tweaked’ in terms of responsibility to the racing industry as a whole.

Democracy at work can unfortunately be a cumbersome process!

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2 comments on “NHA – How About A Pyramid Structure?

  1. Tony Mincione says:

    Am I wrong: the changes envisaged for at the NHRA are ultimately aimed at less costs, less restrictions, less control, less fees and fines, less vigilance etc,etc. A grand application of “less is more”.

    The prime movers have been under the whip of the NHRA, and they are moving against those holding a rule book.

    The short metaphor would be cops and robbers, and the cops are looking to be surrounded, with robbers saying we pay for policing and you spend too much on it.

    Good luck horse racing, vote wisely and please don’t forget many of your owners and punters just watch with their diminishing money and patience.

    Notice none of them have ever complained about the trains arriving dead on time.

  2. Jay August says:

    The above would effectively be dominated by the operators. Even if the operators were given one part of the pyramid, the likelihood they and ANO body vote against the NHA is strong in all instances.

    As Tony says – you can have control or you can have the notion of control where the integrity of racing is what any transgressor decides it should be from day to day.

    It appears we will soon be entering an era away from the tone-deaf and rigid rule makers, to a more fluid situation where the dominant get their way and boot out those they do not like. It may start with Mr Hyde but it will not end there. At some point the booting will be vengeance on a competitor, be it a breeder, an owner or a trainer. Once animal spirits are evoked they seldom stop unless forcibly so.

    Punters who cheer this nonsense on are in for a rude shock. Some of the suggestions I have read calling for a devolving of the stiping discipline into a regional operator directed activity is a recipe for total chaos, devoid of any standard and subject to arbitrary and likely irrational decision making.

    So much fantasy, so little reality, but at least it will cost next to nothing to run.

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