Horse racing conditions in spotlight

30 January 2019 | Sports

The Namibia Horse Racing Association (NHRA) and the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) yesterday held a consultation meeting in order to discuss the way forward for the association.

The meeting was held behind closed doors, but Namibian Sun was informed that the association has set plans in motion to improve the conditions at horse racing events in the country.

It was also revealed that the association has its sights set on improving its relationship with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) this year.

In September 2018, the SPCA accused the NRHA of failing to improve the conditions under which horses compete.

The SPCA felt that the association had not been willing to implement procedures for the humane treatment of horses.

It is for this reason that the NHRA is ready to ensure that most of the conditions related to humane horse treatment are fulfilled. The association will be focusing on humane transport, humane on- and offloading, the humane keeping of horses before, during and after a race, vet inspections, vets being present at a race and the appropriate treatment when horses are hurt injured.

NHRA president Marthinus de Waal confirmed they held a productive meeting with the NSC.

He said he and his delegation also met SPCA officials for further consultations.

“As the new president, I want to build a good relationship with all stakeholders.

“The meeting we had with the sports commission and the SPCA was productive.

“The requirements of the SPCA are not difficult to implement and it is something we are going to do this year,” De Waal said.

NSC chief administrator Freddy Mwiya believes the horse racing association has some good plans for 2019.

“I do believe that there will be a positive outcomes from the meeting we held with the NHRA.

“They have shown the desire to improve their operations and they understand the need to take the sport to another level,” Mwiya added.

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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