HRV Stewards continue to take a zero tolerance approach regarding any person who breaches the following directions and requirements, which are in place to protect the health and wellbeing of all persons involved in the harness racing industry.
This industry notice is a timely reminder of the current protocols in place and these requirements apply to all race meetings and trials conducted in Victoria.
All licensees need to complete a new online training module this season, which canvasses key integrity information.
The scenario-based and interactive training module covers race fixing, drug administration and race day treatment, sexual harassment, animal welfare and deregistration.
Respiratory disease is second only to musculoskeletal disease as a recognised cause of poor performance in racehorses.
The syndrome of ‘equine asthma’ is also increasingly recognised as a common cause of inflammation in the lower airways of performance horses.
Integrity is front of mind at Gippsland Harness Training Centre and two of the Warragul students, Nathan Rothwell and Natasha Grzesinski, have shared their thoughts in the latest Integrity Matters Q and A.
Ringworm, or dermaphytosis, is a highly infectious and contagious fungal disease of the skin that can affect most animals, including horses and humans.
Integrity Matters' vets continue their look at electrolytes, this time with a focus on chloride.
The saying is "where sodium goes, chloride follows". Read on for an overview about what this means inside the horse’s body.
After 35 years steward Barry Delaney is stepping away into retirement. Before he did so he answered some of the big questions for the Integrity Matters Q&A.
Integrity Matters' vets continue their look at electrolytes, this time with a focus on potassium
Integrity Matters' vets continue their look at electrolytes, this time with a focus on magnesium.
Integrity Matters' vets continue their look at electrolytes, this time with a focus on calcium and phosphorus.
The saying "you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink" is true, and in this edition of the Integrity Matters' vets report we examine why this is the case with exercising horses.
The harness racing landscape is evolving daily to provide maximum opportunity for participants and horses, while always complying with restrictions during COVID-19. But what if things changed and racing had to cease for a period of time?
Following restrictions and social distancing is a must, but we also need to support one another. Ultimately our industry revolves around horses, so making plans to care and protect them is a priority.
Get to know Investigative Steward Daniel Caruana.
Thumps is sometimes seen in standardbred horses post-race and post-exercise.
Thumps is the colloquial name for synchronous diaphragmatic flutter (SDF). The flank muscles are seen to contract (flutter) in a regular manner, because the muscles are contracting at the same time as the heart.
Below is an initiative from HRV Stewards regarding the presentation or retention of horses on course where the analysis of a previous blood sample taken from that horse or that trainer's horse(s) has revealed an elevated TCO2 level.
Get to know Deputy Chairman of Stewards Nick Murray.
It is imperative for the integrity of harness racing to have multiple avenues for participants, punters and concerned members of the community to report integrity issues and concerns at any time, while having confidence that the information they provide will be taken seriously, is treated confidentially and acted on accordingly.
The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards draw the attention of all industry stakeholders to amendments to the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) which took effect from 1 January 2020.
Integrity Matters gained great attention in informing and engaging through the Harness Racer and, post the magazine's publishing, I am looking forward to continuing that conversation through Victoria's home of harness racing, thetrots.com.au.