A View From The Outside

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), which is the governing body for racing in Britain, unintentionally threw the British (and Irish to a lesser extent) racing industry into turmoil last September when it implemented changes to the use of the whip in race riding.  These changes were implemented as a result of feedback from a review group comprising industry stakeholders and welfare representatives established by the Authority.  Originally implemented to address a perceived welfare issue it was stated that the Review would lead to a significant tightening of the rules and penalties relating to the use of the whip by jockeys, as well as a renewed focus on jockey training, to ensure that the best equine welfare standards were maintained throughout the sport.  (BHA, 2011) While this Continue reading here [...]