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R Te Aroha 23 August 2020 - R 8 - Chair, Mr N McCutcheon

Created on 26 August 2020

GJones (chair)
Ms T Newman - Apprentice Jockey - Rider of JUDYS SONG
Ms P Gerard - Assisting Ms Newman
Ms V Algar - Stipendiary Steward
Mr B Jones - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Excessive Use of Whip

Following the running of Race 8 (Rangiora Equine-Julie Laurich Memorial 1400), Information No. A12930 was filed with the Judicial Committee. It was alleged by the Informant that Ms Newman the Rider of JUDYS SONG used her whip excessively prior to the 100m.

Ms Newman said that she understood the Rule, the Charge and confirmed that she admitted the breach of the Rule.

Ms Algar showed the film replays and said that Ms Newman struck her horse with the whip 9 times prior to the 100m. She added that the number of strikes was 4 over the limit.

Ms Newman said that she did hit her horse 9 times but that they were only half hits and that she was trying to get her horse interested in going forward.

Ms Gerard said that the strikes were not forceful and that Ms Newman had not turned the stick over. She added that she (Ms Newman) was attempting to keep her horse straight and interested.


As the charge was admitted it was deemed proved by the Committee.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Jones produced Ms Newman’s record which showed that on 25 July 2020 a fine of $300 was imposed for excessive use of the whip, and again on 22 August 2020 a fine of $500 was imposed for a whip breach. Both of these breaches were for striking her mounts 8 times prior to the 100m.

Ms Newman and Ms Gerard said that due to Covid-19 there was not as many racemeetings being held and in spite of working hard it was difficult to get rides. Ms Newman reiterated that they were only half taps.

Discussion then took place as to when a suspension could commence.

Reasons For Penalty:

Taking all submissions into consideration, it could not be justified why there should be a departure from the JCA Penalty Guide of a 6 Riding-Day Suspension for a third breach of the Rule in 12 months.

It was noted that on the day prior to this meeting Ms Newman was fined $500 for a breach of the Whip Rule.

Whilst a lot of force was not used, the fact remains that the Respondent had hit her horse 9 times. As Ms Newman has been a habitual offender in recent times the penalty imposed needs to be sufficient to deter and to send a clear message that this type of riding is unacceptable.


Ms Newman’s Apprentice Jockey Licence was suspended from the close of racing on 23 August through to the end of racing on 4 September 2020 (6 Riding-Days).

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