August 2017


The New Theme for the NHA 2017/18 Financial Year is “The Journey to Excellence”

Excellence is not a destination, it is a continuousjourney that never ends. The reason the NHA chose this as their new theme for 2017/18 was to motivate the staff and encourage excellence at all levels. This “journey” is our first step towards organisational excellence.

Every organisation’s journey is different and on our “Journey to Excellence”, the NHA will focus on the following:

In the corporate world alignment is linking organisational goals with the employee’s personal goals and/or the departmental goals. This process requires common consistency between every objective and plan, right down to the incentives.

This concept refers to the NHA providing their employees with the necessary skills, resources, opportunity, and motivation to become stronger and more confident at their job. All staff must be empowered to serve our Stakeholders.

A team that works well together understands the strengths and weaknesses of each team
member and learns how to work as a team. The importance of teamwork at NHA is vital to the success of the company and to the development of each employee and intern. Teamwork makes the dream work!

NHA staff need to ensure that they do their best in all tasks and take responsibility for their
actions and the decisions they make. Staff need to learn from their mistakes and to apologise when needed and to right the wrongs.

The best of business plans will fail without a dedication to consistency. Consistency is a must, as you build and grow your business. Consistency establishes your reputation and allows for the measurement of work completed by staff.

...and all was revealed
After a very busy season, the NHA brought the year to a close with a workshop for all staff on the 26th July 2017. The workshop provided each head of department, the opportunity to present what they have accomplished throughout the year, and what is to come for the new season. During the workshop, the busniess plan with the new objectives for the year was highlighted. Later in the day, the CEO of the NHA, Mr Lyndon Barends, revealed the 2017/18 theme: The Journey To Excellence.
The new theme encourages people to practise Teamwork, Alignment, Accountability, Consistency and Empowerment. The ultimate goal is to do better within the company in
order to reach peak performance. Each department was part of the process of unveiling the new canvasses with various messages.  Mr Barends walked the staff through the building to reveal the new wallpapers, especially the commitment wall, where they all wrote pledge messages.

Prohibited substance screening and confirmation at the NHA Laboratory.  The NHA laboratory website and the Rules of the NHA provide a variety of notices as to explain the different aspects and criteria of equine specimen analysis. The below is an additional explanation and summary to clarify these.

What is the difference between Prohibited, Forbidden and Exempted Substances?

Prohibited Substances (are detailed in NHA Rule 73.4)

These are “substances capable at any time of causing an action or effect, or both an action and effect within one or more of the following mammalian body system”, as listed under NHA Rule 73.4.
These substances belong to one of the classes Class 1 to 5, as detailed in the NHA Website document “Guidelines for Classification of Prohibited Substances”
Within this guideline document is a “list inclusive of the local veterinary and human substances considered most important in treatment or of particular concern within horseracing in South Africa”, in combination with the corresponding classification.
All Forbidden substances (discussed below) are also Prohibited Substances.
Screening Limits, Residue Limits or International Thresholds can apply to these Prohibited Substances, as to be discussed later.

Exempted Substances (NHA Rules, Addendum N)
Not prohibited, some of these are however screened and monitored for information purposes.

Forbidden Substances (are detailed in NHA Rule 74 and listed in Appendix M of the NHA Rules)
The list of these substance aligned to IFHA guidance which dictates “these are substances which have no place in the racehorse at any time”
These substances are screened at a high sensitivity and are prosecuted at low concentrations.
These substances are considered Class 1 substances with high prosecution penalties, as detailed in the document “Guidelines for Classification of Prohibited Substances”
Where a horse is found to have been administered such a substance it will be banned from racing for a period of time, dependent on the particular substance as detailed in the NHA Rules.
Authorised Race Day Substances
A list of preparations / substances which can be used on race day and these are detailed in section Appendix O of the NHA Rules.

What is the difference between International Screening Limits, Residue Limits and Thresholds?

Screening Limits
These limits are simply the detection limits to be used by the laboratories when
screening for certain therapeutic substances as instructed by the authority

When the screening procedure indicates the specified limit, in either urine or plasma, has been exceeded, only qualitative confirmatory analysis is required to confirm the presence or absence of the prohibited substance.
Quantification is not required.

Residue Limits
The same as Screening Limits with the only difference that the substances include certain contaminants and environmental substances which can be found in some equine specimens.

Quantification limits and quantification of the particular substance is required:
When a threshold is applied there is a process of concentration assessment. A result with a concentration value is determined.
A positive finding is only are declared when the concentration of the particular substance exceeds the threshold.
This concentration value result is presented in the confirmatory (positive finding) analysis report.

Note that Screening Limits and Thresholds only apply to race day specimens, except in the case of (natural) anabolic steroids (as these are Forbidden Substances exceeding the corresponding Threshold level).

Shumbashaba is not your usual horse programme. It is a not-for-profit community organisation that focuses on how horses can positively impact people and help to change lives for the better.
Sometimes we can make the most amazing things happen, and that’s what a donation to the Shumbashaba Community Trust will do. Below please find a list of items that is needed by the Shumbashaba Community Organisation. If you are able to assist in any way, please contact Jacky du Plessis on +27 82 872 9265 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Your care and your compassion can change the world!!

Environmental program
Indigenous & fruit trees
Any seeds from your home for our vegetable garden– tomatoes, peppers, chilies, potatoes with eyes, etc. that can be saved when preparing salads, vegetabledishes, etc. at home.
Any slips of plants &/or seeds from your garden– geraniums, plumbago, succulents (e.g. spekboom or desert rose), indigenous trees, etc.
Non-recyclable plastic packets, 2lt bottles + silicon– eco-bricks are made from these and used in the construction of just about anything e.g. walls, little chairs for the kiddies, containers in which to plant seedlings, etc.

laptops that people no longer use or need
Plastic bowls in which to serve lunch to the children.
15lt Plastic container in which to mix up Oros for dispensing to the children.
 Bicycles & helmets: on Mandela Day some enthusiastic cyclists mapped and marked out a trail of roughly 5km around our property.
Soccer balls and 2 x nets (have full size frames but no nets)

Arts & Crafts
Children’s books
 Artbooks/notebooks in which to draw paint and which will be given to the children at the end of the year to take home
 crayons, water paints, paint brushes
Bottle tops and any beads lying around the house – used to produce craft items

Yard Sale
In attempt to raise funds to keep the Saturday program going we hold a couple of Yard Sales each year. If you have anything saleable we would welcome your unwanted and unused household items, clothing, toys, books, sporting equipment, etc.

Maximum Flo and Wavin’ Flag starkly drew our attention to the extent of our Equine Welfare efforts.  Yes, we’ve made positive strides to highlight Equine Welfare, but the disappearance of these two former athletes made us re-examine our take on welfare and the post racing options available in South Africa. How do we move beyond forms? How do we move beyond minimum compliance? How do we cater for these former athletes for the rest of their lives?  It’s become apparent that the NHA needs to take a proactive, all inclusive, sustainable and modern approach to galvanize and focus the many good initiatives around the country.  Mr Lyndon Barends, CEO of the NHA, along with our Chief Veterinary Surgeon, Dr Eugene Reynders, has been working with Jennifer Twomey on our Equine Welfare Protocols and mapping out a coherent and sustainable aftercare strategy. Jennifer Twomey, CEO of ‘Racing to Relate’ is a Thoroughbred (and racing) Advocate and part of the original steering committee driving forward an aftercare strategy for the French Racing via ‘Au-delà des Pistes’ (meaning “Beyond the Track”), alongside Godolphin and Aga Khan Studs.  Au-delà des Pistes is the Official French Charity for the promotion of Thoroughbred retraining and is endorsed by “France Gallop”.  Over the last 5 years Jennifer has been actively involved with the international aftercare movement, attending international forums kindly facilitated by Godolphin, notably the first international think tank of aftercare advocates in Kentucky in 2015 and most recently the first IFAR (International Forum for Aftercare of Racehorses) conference during the Pan-American Racing Conference in Washington D.C. Throughout the main conference leading international stakeholders and racing authorities unequivocally placed ‘whole life’ welfare of the thoroughbred as one of the most important issues facing international racing today.

The NHA has made its advances to IFAR and is committed to upholding their Principles of Aftercare:

To promote the care of Thoroughbred horses during their lifetime.
This care should be in line with accepted veterinary standards, national practices and end of life management.
To make provision for the care and welfare of vulnerable former Thoroughbred racehorses through an appropriate body/bodies.
To promote the suitability, adaptability and use of Thoroughbred racehorses for a variety of equestrian activities so as to have an active life after racing, and raise awareness amongst racing’s participants and third parties of horse welfare and the lifetime care of Thoroughbred racehorses.
To improve education for all those who own, use or care for Thoroughbred racehorses with easier access to advice and guidance.
To facilitate cooperation between horseracing regulators and aftercare providers to
communicate effectively, share information and develop greater expertise in all matters as they relate to the lifetime care, retraining, and second career options for the Thoroughbred racehorse.
Agree that a national/international system for tracking Thoroughbreds throughout their lives, including registered current ownership, is desirable in order to establish accountability and traceability.
To increase awareness within the international racing community, the sport horse world and the general public, of the role and benefits of IFAR and a much greater understanding of the position in relation to the activities of former racehorses. These efforts are very much in line with the thinking and work that NHA Chairman, Ken Truter, has been advocating especially in his role as Chairman of the Western Cape Equine Trust.

Interprovincial Farrier Competition
The National Horseracing Authority is proud to confirm that one of its race day employees, Mr Steven Kane, has recently been honoured by his peers at the South African Association of Professional Farriers Interprovincial Competition, held in Johannesburg. Steven, the NHA licenced Farrier in Port Elizabeth, who is on duty at most Fairview race meetings, represented Eastern Province and finished second in the Plating Class. At every Farrier Championship, the most sought after recognition is to be the recipient of the Best Shod Foot Award. Steven exhibited his professionalism and expertise in winning this trophy.

Kwazulu Natal Media Breakfast
The National Horseracing Authority held its third Media Breakfast in Kwazulu Natal on the 3rd August 2017 with key journalists specialised in horseracing, during a relaxed, informal breakfast at the NHA offices at Greyville Racecourse.  Mr Lyndon Barends, CEO of the NHA, discussed the
organizations performance during the year under review (1 August 2016 – 31 July 2017) and priority
issues for the next six months.  We would like to thank the media for accepting our invitation and we look forward to hosting another media breakfast next year.

annual race day
The National Horse Trust held its Annual Race day on Saturday 26th August at Turffontein Racecourse in aid of the Horse Care Units countrywide!  The National Horse Trust was established in 1989 as the racing industry’s own charity to assist and take care of abused and neglected Thoroughbreds after their racing careers were over. Today, The National
Horse Trust is the fundraising body, raising funds nationally to support the Coastal, Eastern Cape and Highveld Horse Care Units.

‘Harry the Horse’ was bought at auction by the NHA after a day of spectacular racing, great food and loads of fun! 

Kimberley news
David Rahilly, who has served with the National Horseracing Authority since March 2015, will be moving to Kimberley to be the Resident Stipendiary Steward. We wish you farewell and good luck. May your passion for horses take you far.

From Zimbabwe to SA
It is a great pleasure to welcome Martin Ball to the National Horseracing Authority, Central Province Stipendiary Board.  Martin will continue to serve the Mashonaland Turf Club as well as the Central Province.  We know that he will be warmly welcomed as he joins the NHA Family. Good luck.

The Cape Breeders and Racing Association presented the Cape Racing Awards on Women’s Day, Wednesday 9 August 2017, at the Molenvliet Family Vineyards in
Stellenbosch.  The evening was a lovely celebration of some great achievements. Trainer, Mrs Candice-Bass Robinson, who was also celebrating her birthday, was given a standing ovation as she was presented with a special achievement award for being the 1st lady trainer to win the Durban July earlier this year. This was also Candice’s first year holding a Trainer’s license, after many years as her Father, Mike Bass’ Assistant Trainer.  Congratulations Candice from all at the NHA Office in Cape Town. The NHA also congratulate Trainer Brett Crawford on his achievement of six Grade 1 winners in one season, CAPTAIN AMERICA was awarded Horse of the Year and SILVANO was Stallion of the
Year.  John Koster gave a heartfelt speech on the loss of CAPTAIN AL and I think most of those present held back a tear or two. The NHA would like to offer their condolences to all the connections.  The evening was rounded off with NHA Cape Town staff members, Ernie Rodrigues, Brenda Bouwer and Lynn Etheridge, being given long service awards. Due to a family illness, Ernie Rodrigues was unable to attend the event to receive his 30 years of service award. The Cape Town staff members would like to wish Katelyn, Ernie’s daughter who is currently living in KZN, a speedy recovery. Brenda Bouwer attended the event and collected her award for her 25 years of service.