Wednesday, 25 March 2020 13:21

Directive No. 104-2020 — Thoroughbred and Quarter Horses

Written by Kent Verlik, Chief Executive Officer

The Rules Governing Horse Racing in Alberta are AMENDED as follows:

Chapter 3: General Horse Racing Rules, Part 2 Race Meetings, Division 4 Apprentice Jockeys, Jockeys, and Jockey's Agents

The following rule is AMENDED to read:

Rule 210 t use of riding crops

(1) In a *race in which a *jockey will not ride with a riding crop; an announcement of that fact must be made over the public address system.

(2) Although the use of riding crop is not required, any jockey who uses a riding crop during a race must not strike a *horse .

(a) On the head, flanks, or on any part of its body, other than the shoulders or hind quarters;

(b) During a post parade;

(c) Excessively or brutally, so as to cause welts or breaks in the skin;

(d) When the horse is clearly out of the race has obtained its maximum placing;

(e) Persistently, even though the horse is showing no response under the riding crop.

(3) Correct uses of the riding crops are:

(a) Showing horses, the riding crop before urging them,

(b) Using the riding crop in rhythm with the horse's stride,

(c) Using the riding crop as an aid to maintain a horse running straight,

(d) Jockey may not apply the riding crop more than three (3) times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond.

Rule 210 t use of whips previously stated:

(1) In a *race in which a *jockey will not ride with a whip; an announcement of that fact must be made over the public address system.

(2) Although the use of a whip is not required, any jockey who uses a whip during a race must not whip a *horse

(a) on the head, flanks, or on any part of its body, other than the shoulders or hind quarters;

(b) during a post parade;

(c) excessively or brutally, so as to cause welts or breaks in the skin;

(d) when the horse is clearly out of the race or has obtained its maximum placing;

(e) persistently, even though the horse is showing no response under the whip.

(3) Correct uses of the whip are:

(a) showing horses, the whip before hitting them,

(b) using the whip in rhythm with the horse's stride, and

(c) using the whip as an aid to maintain a horse running straight

Dated at the City of Edmonton
in the province of Alberta
this 23 day of May, 2020

Kent Verlik, Chief Executive Officer
Horse Racing Alberta

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