Integrity Matters

Thu Jul 9 2020

Zero tolerance to covid-19 raceday protocol indiscretions

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.

Thu Jul 9 2020

Online training part of 2020-21 Victorian license renewals

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.

Thu Jun 25 2020

Vets corner: Allergic airway disease in harness racing horses

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 Matters Q&A with Nathan Rothwell and Natasha Grzesinski
Tue Jun 16 2020

Integrity Matters Q&A with Nathan Rothwell and Natasha Grzesinski

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.

Thu Jun 4 2020

Vets corner: Identifying and treating ringworm

Ringworm, or dermaphytosis, is a highly infectious and contagious fungal disease of the skin that can affect most animals, including horses and humans.

Thu Jun 4 2020

Vets corner: Electrolytes matter - chloride

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.

Integrity Matters Q&A with Barry Delaney
Thu Jun 4 2020

Integrity Matters Q&A with Barry Delaney

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.

Vets Corner: Electrolytes matter - potassium

Integrity Matters' vets continue their look at electrolytes, this time with a focus on potassium

Mon May 18 2020

Vets corner: Electrolytes matter - magnesium

Integrity Matters' vets continue their look at electrolytes, this time with a focus on magnesium.

Tue May 5 2020

Vets corner: Electrolytes matter – calcium and phosphorus

Integrity Matters' vets continue their look at electrolytes, this time with a focus on calcium and phosphorus.

Wed Apr 22 2020

Vets corner: Electrolytes matter

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.

Animal Welfare – Preparing for potential challenges of covid-19
Wed Apr 15 2020

Animal Welfare – Preparing for potential challenges of covid-19

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.

Fri Mar 6 2020

Integrity Matters Q&A with Daniel Caruana

Get to know Investigative Steward Daniel Caruana.

Vets corner: Preventing, treating and recovering from Thumps
Wed Feb 26 2020

Vets corner: Preventing, treating and recovering from Thumps

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.

Fri Feb 14 2020

Elevated TCO2 levels policy - notice to trainers

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.

Integrity Matters Q&A with Deputy Chairman of Stewards Nick Murray
Thu Feb 13 2020

Integrity Matters Q&A with Deputy Chairman of Stewards Nick Murray

Get to know Deputy Chairman of Stewards Nick Murray.

Mon Jan 20 2020

Providing information or lodging a complaint to HRV's Integrity Department

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.

Thu Jan 9 2020

From Chairman of Stewards Brett Day

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. 

Tue Jan 7 2020

From General Manager of Integrity Brent Fisher

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.