Introduction to Rules & regulation
We live in a world that is often governed by rules and regulations. Rules and regulations exist to help ensure that activities run smoothly and fairly. This is also true in British horseracing.
Horseracing is subject to the laws of the land that everyone must abide by, such as the requirement for venues to have an alcohol license to serve alcohol. Yet horseracing must also comply with the rules and regulations of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) – which governs horseracing in the UK. Their rules and regulations help to ensure that races are run fairly, that jockeys are adequately trained, and that the health and welfare of the racehorses and jockeys is paramount.
Summary of regulations
The rules and regulations governing British horseracing are detailed (you can look through them, at http://rules.britishracehorseracing.com) but can be summarised as covering these general areas:
- That the health and welfare of the racehorse and rider is maintained (the most important area of all).
- That horseraces are run properly and fairly.
- That trainers and jockeys meet certain requirements.
Understanding the rules
Click on the button to see some aspects of how British horseracing is regulated. Some of these regulations might be obvious, but others could be new to you. Afterwards, you can take part in a ‘fill in the gaps’ game to test your knowledge, and then you can create your own leaflet, flyer or website to summarise some of the most important rules and regulations. Enter »