19/11/2020 SA trainers allowed to exercise horses

Trainers in South Australia have been given permission to exercise their horses, but are not allowed to train them for the next six days of the state’s hard lockdown.

Thoroughbred Racing SA announced the exemption on Thursday morning, with trainers and their staff deemed essential workers and allowed access to stables to provide care for their horses. Jockeys and trackwork riders will also be allowed on-course to help exercise the horses. 

The decision has avoided a significant equine welfare issue for the industry.

All exercise for horses must be done on sand and artificial tracks, which means there will be no grass gallops.

“Trainers and their employees are defined as essential workers under the Direction and can attend stables and training venues to provide care and adequate exercise for the horses that are in stables and boxes. Club staff essential to open, close and maintain training venues can attend their respective training venue,” A TRSA statement read.

“Exercising horses for the next six days will be restricted to sand and artificial tracks, there will be no grass gallops.

“All social distancing requirements must be observed when horses are being fed and provided adequate exercise.

“All persons attending stables and training venues for the purpose of providing care and adequate exercise for horses upon leaving home or residence must go straight to their stable and/or training venue, undertake the necessary activities required and upon completion immediately leave and return straight to their home or residence.”

It comes after it was announced on Wednesday night that all racing would be called off for the next six days.

It means Friday's meeting at Naracoorte, Sunday's Clare Cup and Wednesday's Strathalbyn trials are all cancelled.

Participants are hopeful they will be able to resume once the six day lockdown has ended.

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