The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held at the Flamingo Park Racecourse on Wednesday, 17 July 2019, Jockey E Webber was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.25, in that he misbehaved himself by using vulgar language in relation to a licenced trainer at the Flamingo Park Racecourse on Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Jockey Webber pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Inquiry Board having considered the particulars of this incident found Mr Webber guilty and felt that an appropriate penalty was that Jockey Webber be fined the sum of R5000.

The Board also noted that Jockey Webber was found guilty of a contravention of Rule 72.1.25 on 17 May 2019 and was fined the sum of R10 000 of which R5000 was wholly suspended for a period of one year on condition that he was not found guilty of contravening Rules relating to conduct during this period. The suspended portion of this penalty (R5000) therefore becomes effective in addition to the penalty meted out today.

He has the right of appeal against both the finding and the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 3 July 2019, owner Mr Arrie van Schalkwyk

was charged with a contravention of NHA Rules 72.1.24 and 72.1.18.  The particulars being:

In that he participated as an owner, in a racemeeting on 27 April 2019, which was not authorised by the National Board, in contravention of Rule 72.1.24.

Mr van Schalkwyk pleaded guilty to the charge.

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In that during a stable inspection on his farm on 2 May 2019, he swore at and intimidated two licensed officials, which prevented them from carrying out their duties in contravention of Rule 72.1.18.

Mr van Schalkwyk pleaded guilty to the charge.

The Inquiry Board found Mr van Schalkwyk guilty of both charges and imposed the following penalties;

In respect of charge one (Rule 72.1.24) Mr van Schalkwyk was fined the sum of R20 000.

In respect of charge two (Rule 72.1.18) Mr van Schalkwyk was fined the sum of R20 000 of which R10 000 is wholly suspended for one year

provided that during that period, he is not found guilty of a contravention of Rule 72.1.18.

Mr van Schalkwyk has the Right of Appeal against the penalties imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held at the Vaal Racecourse on Tuesday, 2 July 2019, Jockey Keanen Steyn was charged

with a contravention of Rule 58.10.2 (read in conjunction with Guideline M on the use of the crop), in that he struck the horse MERENGUE more than twelve times in the entire

race in Race 3 at Turffontein Racecourse on 23 June 2019.

Mr Steyn pleaded guilty to the charge.

The Inquiry Board found Mr Steyn guilty and after considering Mr Steyn’s history of contravening this Rule and Guideline,

imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 7 days.

Jockey Steyn has the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Cape Town on Friday 28 June 2019, Jockey Corne Orffer was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.3, in that as the rider of KINGSTON ROCK, he failed to ride his mount out to the end of the race to the satisfaction of the Stewards, thereby prejudicing his chances of obtaining 3rd place in Race 3 at Kenilworth Racecourse on 18 May 2019.

Mr Orffer pleaded guilty to the charge.

The Inquiry Board found Mr Orffer guilty and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 14 days.

Jockey C Orffer has the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed. 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 21 June 2019, Jockey Bryan Claassen was charged with a contravention of Rule 77.1.1, read with 77.2.2, in that a urine sample taken from him at the Fairview Racecourse on 22 April 2019 was found, after analysis, to contain 11-nor-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (Carboxy-THC), a metabolite of Cannabis, with a concentration greater than 50 nanograms per millilitre, which is a banned substance in terms of the Rules of The National Horseracing Authority.

Mr Claassen pleaded guilty to the charge.

The Inquiry Board found Mr Claassen guilty and imposed a suspension from riding in races for a period of thirty (30) days. In deciding on a penalty, the Inquiry Board considered in mitigation Mr Claassen’s personal circumstances and co-operation with the Board, however, the Board noted that this was a second offence.

Mr Claassen was given permission to commence his suspension with immediate effect (dates from 22 June 2019 – 21 July 2019).


 The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on Monday 24 June 2019, Jockey A Marcus was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7 in that he, as the rider of CHANTYMAN, caused interference to the runners on his outside at approximately the 300 metre mark in the 4th Race at Greyville Racecourse on the 1st June 2019.

Jockey Marcus pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Inquiry Board found Jockey Marcus guilty and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 7 days.Jockey Marcus has the Right of Appeal against both the finding and the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held in Johannesburg on Sunday 23 June 2019, Jockey Marco van Rensburg was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.27 in that he, as the rider of YESSIRICANBOOGIE, caused interference to WHAT YOU ARE (ridden by Jockey C Orffer) in the concluding stages of the 5th race run at Scottsville racecourse on Saturday 25 May 2019.

Jockey van Rensburg pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Inquiry Board found Jockey van Rensburg guilty and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 7 seven days.

Jockey van Rensburg has the Right of Appeal against both the finding and the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held in Cape Town on 17 June 2019, Jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that as the rider of HURRICANE SILVA, he caused interference to SPIRIT FESTIVAL, when he shifted in at about the 100m in Race 8 at Kenilworth Racecourse on 8 June 2019.  

Jockey Fayd’Herbe pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Inquiry Board found Jockey Fayd’Herbe guilty and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 7 days.

Jockey Fayd’Herbe has the Right of Appeal against both the finding and the penalty.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 13 June 2019, Mr R A Hill was charged with a contravention of Rule 34.1 in that as the Trainer of the horse VAR’S DREAM, he started it in the 1st Race at Scottsville Racecourse on 13 June 2015 when this horse was not registered in the name of its lawful Owner, namely Mrs T Morgan.

Mr Hill pleaded guilty to the charge. The Inquiry Board found Mr Hill guilty and imposed a fine of R5 000.00, which is wholly suspended for a period of two years on condition that Mr Hill is not found guilty of any of the Rules pertaining to the registration and/or ownership of horses.
Mr Hill has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held in Durban on 10 June 2019, Jockey Anton Marcus was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that as the rider of FRONT AND CENTRE, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to other runners at approximately the 200m in Race 6, the Woolavington 2000 (Grade 1) at Greyville Racecourse on 1 June 2019.

Jockey Marcus pleaded guilty to the charge.

The Inquiry Board found Jockey Marcus guilty and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 10 days.

Jockey Marcus has the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.