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Penalty Matrix by Racing Infraction Category

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Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) Penalty Guidelines for Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, and Standardbred Racing Rule and Licensee Violations

As part of our commitment to modernizing our existing rules, policies and processes, HRA has completed a review of its penalties, including suspensions and monetary fines, to ensure they adequately deter racing participants and racing officials from violating the Rules Governing Horse Racing in Alberta. This document outlines the updated penalties for Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse and Standardbred horse racing rule and licensee violations.

A cross-jurisdictional review of violation penalties was conducted to ensure that HRA penalties are appropriately aligned with other Canadian provinces. Representatives from the various stakeholder organizations, including the Alberta Standardbred Horse Association, Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Alberta, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Alberta Division), Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association, Alberta Community Thoroughbred Racing Association, and “A” and “B” Racetrack Operators were consulted and provided their input into the process. The penalty guidelines were subsequently reviewed and updated by the HRA Regulatory Director and Supervisor of Racing, the Board of Stewards and the Board of Judges and then approved by the HRA Regulatory and Licensing Committee.

What follows (on the Penalty Matrix page) is not an exhaustive list of the penalties but rather a list of the most common violations. These guidelines provide recommended penalties only. Each violation has its own set of circumstances, which may lead to different penalties than those shown below. When considering penalties, the Board of Stewards and/or the Board of Judges will take into account the licensee’s horse racing rule and licensee violation penalty history. All other penalties will be at the discretion of the Board of Stewards and/or the Board of Judges.

Visit the Penalty Matrix by Racing Infraction Category page

Visit the updated Penalty Guidelines Used for Equine Drug and TCO2 Offences page

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