Five ways to make horse racing more humane right now (part 2)

3. End two-year-old racing

Horses do not fully mature until they are about five, and many equestrian disciplines do not allow horses younger than four to compete.

Thoroughbreds are worked much younger. To train for a two-year-old race, horses are broken in as yearlings. Because all foals born in a certain year are put in the same age class, late-born foals can race when they are as young as 16 months.

A study by the University of Sydney in 2013 analysed the race records of 115,000 Australian thoroughbreds over 10 years and found that “for those thoroughbreds that have started racing at two no ill effect can be detected”.

The study still advised caution before racing a two-year-old.

4. Improve post-racing retirement and tracking

Last week Racing Victoria announced an additional $25m investment in the retirement, retraining, and humane euthanasia of racehorses.

It also promised an audit of industry retirement statistics – which inaccurately state that less than 1% of racehorses go to slaughter – and supports the development of a national horse traceability register, which is currently the subject of a senate inquiry.

A traceability scheme would provide accurate data on the whole-of-life trajectory for racehorses – and other horses – and provide the number and provenance of horses killed at knackeries or export slaughterhouses.

It could also be used to discourage indiscriminate and excessive breeding by requiring breeders to pay a levy to register a foal at birth, and tackle what is known as “wastage’” in the thoroughbred industry.

5. Ban tongue ties

A tongue tie is a rubber band that is wrapped around the horse’s tongue and then around their lower jaw. It is designed to prevent the horse from getting its tongue over the bit, which makes it difficult to control, and it is commonly used in both thoroughbred and standardbred (harness) racing.

The racing industry says it also helps keep a horse’s airways clear so it can breathe more easily. A 2002 study said that ties may prevent dorsal displacement of the soft palate in individual cases but is “not effective in the majority”. DDSP can limit oxygen intake and decrease athletic performance.

Animal welfare groups have called for it to be banned, saying they increase stress and can cause lacerations, bruising and swelling.

Five ways to make horse racing more humane right now (part 1)

Animal welfare will be in the spotlight on Melbourne Cup day after footage from a Queensland abattoir showed ex-racehorses allegedly being mistreated and slaughtered.

Here are five changes that animal welfare organizations say could be instituted immediately to make racing more humane.

1. Ban the whips

Under Racing Australia’s rules, a jockey can only use their padded whip on the horse five times before the final 100-meters of the race, after which there are no restrictions on the number of hits.

Both the RSPCA and the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses say the whip could be banned immediately without detrimentally affecting the sport, and they have found an unlikely ally in recent weeks in the leading thoroughbred owner Lloyd Williams.

“The industry now needs to realize whips need to be withdrawn very soon,” the six-time owner of a Melbourne Cup winner told the ABC’s 7.30 program, which showed the alleged mistreatment of racehorses in abattoirs.

The Australian Jockey Club, which has long maintained that the whip is an issue of safety because it can be used to help “guide the animal,” told Nine newspapers it would not support a ban.

Norway banned the use of whips in 1982, except in two-year-old races where they are carried but cannot be used to make the horse go faster.

2. Fully ban jumps racing

Jumps races, such as the Grand National, are banned in New South Wales and Tasmania but still conducted in Victoria and South Australia.

A 2006 study by the University of Melbourne found that the risk of a horse dying in a jumps race was 18.9 times that of a flat race. According to the RSPCA, at least 49 horses have died as a result of participating in jumps racing in the past 10 years.

As well as the risk of falls, the distances are also usually longer than those favored in flat racing, with horses asked to jump hurdles of at least one meter over a course of at least 2.8km, compared to distances of 800m to 3.2km in flat racing. This increases the likelihood of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage or bleeding on the lungs.

Bleeding on the lungs is common in high-intensity equestrian sports such as polo and cross-country. According to various studies, it is found between 68% and 90% of racehorses.

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Top 10 most famous racecourses in the world

From beaches, lakes, snow-capped mountains to magnificent castles, the 10 racecourses below are considered to be located in the most beautiful locations in the world.

Santa Anita Racecourse (USA)

Santa Anita Racecource - USA
Santa Anita Racecource – USA

This racecourse was built in the city of Arcadia, the USA in 1924. It was dubbed the splendid, most modern racecourse in the world with a 1.6 km long track and accommodates more than 26,000 seats. Not only the racecourse, but Santa Anita is also a complex of parks, amusement parks and picnic areas of 1.3 hectares right inside it.

Aintree Racecourse (UK)

Aintree Racecourse (UK)
Aintree Racecourse (UK)

The Aintree complex also owns a large displacement racing track, a golf course, entertainment facilities such as a square, a restaurant, a theater, a spa with a total area of up to 3 hectares.

Aintree racecourse was built in 1829 in the port city of Liverpool, England, Aintree is one of the oldest racecourses in the world with nearly 200 years of age. The racecourse owns 6 tracks, the longest being 6 km.

Flemington Racecourse (Australia)

Flemington Racecourse (Australia)
Flemington Racecourse (Australia)

Built in 1840 in Melbourne, Flemington racecourse is the most modern race in Oceania and has a record capacity of up to 120,000 seats. Flemington is the oldest racecourse in Australia and is also the venue for the Melbourne Cup. Flemington ranked 3rd in the top 10 most beautiful racecourse in the world.

This race has a total of 6 tracks and the longest race is up to 3.2 km. Last March, the racecourse had just built a grandstand area with a cost of $ 128 million.

Tokyo Racecourse (Japan)

Tokyo Racecourse (Japan)
Tokyo Racecourse (Japan)

Tokyo racecourse was built in 1933 with a capacity of about 233,000 people. This is one of the largest and most modern racecourse in Asia.

Tokyo racecourse has a total of 5 tracks and the longest is about 3.2 km. Tokyo Racecourse is also famous for its record-breaking large HD screen, approximately 750 m2.

Saratoga Racecourse (USA)

The Saratoga racecourse was built in 1863 in the city of Saratoga Springs, and it survived two world wars, even being closed during the period when American law prohibited betting.

Saratoga Racecourse (USA)
Saratoga Racecourse (USA)

The racecourse can accommodate about 50,000 spectators and 3 racecourse, this is also one of the 4 oldest racecourses in the US.

Meydan Racecourse (UAE)

Meydan Racecourse is like a small city located in the most luxurious city on the planet Dubai.

Meydan Racecourse (UAE)

According to CNN, this racecourse complex which is built in 2010 has a total budget of over $ 1 billion with a capacity of up to 60,000 seats including a full range of hotel services, resorts, museums, restaurants and Of course, all are 5 stars.

Epsom Downs Racecourse (UK)

Epsom Downs, which is built in 1661, with nearly 400 years of age, is one of the first racecourses in Europe and in the world.

Epsom Downs Racecourse (UK)

With a capacity of about 160.00 spectators, the racecourse has the longest 2.4 km track. Like many other racecourses in the UK, Epsom Downs also owns a chain of restaurants, golf courses, and other expensive facilities.

Longchamp Racecourse (France)

This 57-hectare track racecourse went into operation in 1857 in Paris, France. The racecourse accommodates more than 50,000 people who hosted Emperor Napoleon III more than 150 years ago.

Longchamp Racecourse (France)

In April 2018, Longchamp has just completed the upgrade process worth more than 155 million USD.

Ascot Racecourse (UK)

In England, racecourses were often thought of as a gathering place for the nobility and the rich, while Ascot was a place where the Royal Family members frequented. This racecourse is the only race allowed to name the track after the names of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

Ascot Racecourse (UK)

This racecourse is also a favorite destination for betting people in Europe. The total amount of weekly bets in Ascot is approximately 5 million pounds (about 148 billion).

Churchill Downs racecourse (USA)

Built in 1875 in the city of Louisville, Churchill Downs holds the record for the largest audience event, more than 170,000 people in 2015.

Churchill Downs racecourse (USA)

The racecourse has a total area of 59 hectares, with full facilities such as restaurants, theaters, shopping centers.

Korean firm invests $420 million to build horse-racing track in Hanoi, Vietnam

TheLEADERCharmvit Group is the first company to receive investment licence for a horse-racing track in Vietnam.

Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung on October 14 granted the investment certificate for Charmvit chairman Lee Dae Bong to build a multi-functional entertainment complex – horse racing track in Tan Minh and Phu Linh commune, Soc Son district.

The licensing follows Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s permission to add the project into the Hanoi socio-economic development master plan by 2020, with a vision to 2030.

The project covers 125 ha, including a horse racing track with a capacity of 30,000 audiences, a hotel, a convention centre and a villa complex.

The project is expected to complete construction in 2024 at the development cost of around $420 million. However, Mr. Chung has asked Soc Son district authorities to speed up site clearance so that the horse-racing track can be operational in October next year.

Horse-racing track is Charmvit’s third largest project in Vietnam. Currently, the Korean investor is operating the complex Grand Plaza Hotel with 586 rooms and Charmvit Tower office building in Hanoi, as well as the Phoenix golf course with 54 holes in Luong Son district, Hoa Binh province.

The first horse-racing track project in Hanoi was proposed 20 years ago, which was expected to be built in Thanh Tri district. However, the foreign investors withdrew from it in 2005 due to the lack of a legal framework for gambling.

Another horse-racing track is being deployed by Phu Yen Horse Racing Company Limited in An My commune, Tuy An district, Phu Yen province. The project was approved in 2016 by People’s Committee of Phu Yen province with a total investment cost of $100 million but it is still in site clearance process.

Horse racing course in Tokyo, Japan, seeks inbound inspiration from international students

With the Rugby World Cup 2019 in full swing and a Summer Olympic Games 2020 on the horizon, organizations and companies across the host Japan continue to seek ways to extend their appeal to the increasing number of foreign tourists visiting their country.

In Shinagawa Ward of Tokyo, horse racing course Oi Keibajo is not strang to pioneering new ways to reach to new audiences. 

Also known as Tokyo City Keiba, the venue was the first in Japan to offer a schedule of night-time races with their popular Twinkle Races program that began in 1986 – a move that has helped to establish Oi Keibajo becoming a post-work date spot among couples in the capital Tokyo.

Races of a similar guise have been adopted by horse racing venues across Japan since then.

However, Oi Keibajo is not basking in its success and with the country set to host two global sporting tournaments over the next 12 months venue management is exploring new territory again, this time in their efforts to show a warm welcome to visitors from all over the world.

In August, Oi Keibajo hosted a workshop during which the Japanese staff of the venue teamed up with international students studying in a university of Yokohama, near Tokyo, to promote the venue to younger foreigners.

Around 25 international students from the National University of Yokohama and faculty members attended the workshop on August 2.  All the students were enrolled in Yokohama Creative-City Studies (YCCS) Program focusing on facilitation and leadership to produce future global leaders.

During the workshop the Japanese racecourse staff and students worked together in groups in order to come up with, film, and star in a commercial promoting the venue.

Some groups took inspiration for their videos from Oi Keibajo’s various attractions like exhibits, illuminations, and restaurants while others pointed to the proximity of the venue to Haneda Airport. One video returned to the theme of a date whichended in a marriage proposal as part of the story.

Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019 indoor horse racing

Universities in Asia – Pacific accelerate innovation with artificial intelligence HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach A series of the world’s most prestigious international obstacle racing events in 2019 (published by considered the Grand Slam of the annual indoor obstacle course) will continue with the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019 Indoor Horse Racing which takes place from February 15 to February 17, 2019.

Previously, the competitive season was started with the indoor horse race held in Paris (France) and will continue in April 2019 with the indoor horse racing tournament in New York (USA).

This is the 7th time, Hong Kong is hosting the world’s leading stature indoor horse racing competition. In addition to the indoor obstacle race, there are many other important events such as the Asian Horse Week – a conference lasting 3 days (from February 14 to February 16, 2019) gathers the leading characters and officials in the world racing village, along with many fun activities, entertainment, food, etc.

The indoor obstacle course in Hong Kong features 6 competitions with a prize money of USD 680,620. For the first time, talented Asian riders will have the opportunity to compete with the world’s top horse racing stars. The grand final (Longines Grand Prix of Hong Kong) is going to be the pinnacle of technical competency, the skill of riding a horse to overcome various obstacles. The winner of each stage of the Grand Series The slam will receive a Super Grand Slam bonus worth up to 2,250,000 million euros.

Mr. Christophe Ameeuw, founder and CEO of EEM commented: “We are delighted to be back in Hong Kong with a show full of emotions, colors and promises of no less surprises. We invite all fans and families to come to the competition to enjoy the great, excitement and discover the miracles, full of attraction of this high-end equestrian sport ”.

Mr. Anthony Lau, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tourism Department (HTB) said: “We are delighted to see the prestigious Longines Masters horse race returning to Hong Kong, the only place in Asia to have the honor. This big project. This event once again strengthens Hong Kong’s status as the capital of major events in Asia. ”

Five Fastest Horse Breeds for Racing

Horse racing is a popular sport and remains a crowd favorite in the modern era. If there is an animal sharing a human’s need for speed, it is the horse. In terms of racehorses, they are given with names, kept in pristine conditions, have excellent grooming, have perfect diets, and undergo adequate exercise.

These racehorses are treated so well that they are compared to elite athletes. Though standard races are restricted by breed, some types of races use specific breeds. Let’s look at the fastest racing horses.


The thoroughbred is arguably the best breed for racing, so it is a standard pick for most bettors. Thoroughbreds are muscular, have long legs, a short back, and a broadhead. This horse breed is the top choice for racing.

Racing horse

Quarter Horse

The name Quarter Horse reflects this breed’s remarkable speed over a quarter-mile distance. These horses are known for their sprinting. Some of them clocked in at an excess of over 50 mph for a quarter-mile distance. Quarter horses are muscular, have a broad chest, small and short head, and strong hindquarters.


The color patterns and striped hooves distinguish Appaloosa horses. Appaloosas horses are medium in size. There are Appaloosa-only races happening mostly in the western parts of the world. Cutting, roping, reining, show jumping, and barrel racing are great events for this horse breed.

Appaloosas are also famous for their immense speed thanks to their gait. Some of them can even outrun thoroughbreds as well as other racing-oriented breeds.


In terms of harness racing and trotting, Standardbreds are good options. These horses usually weigh up to 800 to 1000 lbs, have sturdy legs and shoulders, heavier hindquarters, and long muscular bodies. Standardbreds are used for a wide selection of events like the show, pleasure riding, and racing. They are also known for their excellent behavior.


Arabians are known for their high intelligence, spirit, stamina, strength, and gentleness. These horses are also easy to train, making this horse breed legendary in the racing world. They have broad foreheads, large eyes, small muzzles, and large nostrils.

A basic guide on how to ride a horse for beginners (Part 2)

Keep your feet balanced

Often, many first-time horsemen use the method of riding their feet on the side of the horse. However, this is completely wrong because they will affect the horse control. Therefore, it is best to gently touch the side of the horse with the foot. At the same time, your knees should be bent and the heel lower than your toes.

Balance sitting technique

The next horse riding technique that you need to grasp no matter what condition is sitting on balance. If you do not know how to sit properly, it is difficult to contact the horse. Moreover the horse will find it more difficult to carry you on your back.

Therefore, to be effective, sit upright and create a 90-degree angle and heel on the pedal. If you find it difficult to recognize, you can imagine having a straight line behind you. This will help your body distribute your weight more evenly.

Wear protective gear before riding

Equestrian technique is also one of the interesting issues about how to ride without falling and how to choose a pure horse when riding without harming you. So it is not difficult to tell the love cards to find a good partner for them or not to find a suitable mate for you, as well as finding a pure horse with you to learn horse riding. Simplicity requires you to persevere.

At the same time always give yourself a relaxed, happy and stress-free mood. Because when you sit improperly and your mood is tense, the horse is also nervous. Since then they will not control the speed and can run faster at the beginning.

Manual horse control by body

Body-rearing is a horse control technique when cornering. To perform this technique, you need to use the pelvic floor muscles to indicate the direction of running. Drive your pelvis forward or backward to encourage the horse. With this signal, you can fully control the horse no matter what bend.

In addition to the above riding techniques, it is also important to pay attention to the reins. Be sure not to pull the reins too tight and let them loosen up a bit. So you can easily send a signal to your horse.

Ruby Wax postpones Norwich shows due to a horse-riding accident

Comedian Ruby Wax had to postpone her upcoming tour due to having had a horse-riding accident on holiday that left her with “severe injuries”.

Ruby planned to start her new How To Be Human tour at the Playhouse from 3 to 6 of September. However, it will now be delayed until she recovers.

Besides her How To Be Human tour, she also canceled her Edinburgh Fringe shows in earlier September and tweeted her thanks to fans for their kind thoughts and messages and said that she was using mindfulness to help her body deal with the pain.

Ruby was born in Illinois, the United States and began her career in the sitcom named Girls on Top and as a comedy interviewer on shows like Ruby Wax Meets and The Full Wax. In  addition, she was the script editor for sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, too.

She now lives in the United Kingdom and she was made an OBE for her services to mental health – a hot topic that features heavily in her material in 2015.

Ruby’s new show How To Be Human, which was based on her bestselling book, answers questions about evolution, emotions, thoughts, the body, relationships, addictions, sex, kids, compassion, and the future.

Ruby’s management on the Norwich Playhouse website shows a statement: “Chambers Touring announces with great regret the postponement of Ruby Wax show: How To Be Human at Norwich Playhouse from 3 to 6 of September.

“Having a horse-riding accident on holiday, Ruby Wax has suffered severe injuries to her back.

“While we hoped that Ruby would have recovered in time for her shows, we have difficultly decided to delay the start of her tour to allow her to get back to full health.

“Ruby is very sorry to delay these shows and she always enjoys playing Norwich Playhouse as well as had been looking forward to starting her autumn tour there.

“We are trying to reschedule the shows. Ticket holders will be contacted in due course.”