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Taumarunui RC 5 July 2014 - R 7

Created on 07 July 2014

ADooley (chair)
Ms D Johnson - Rider of DUCATI
Mr W Robinson - Stipendiary Steward
Mr K Booth - Agent for Ms D Johnson
Mr J Oatham - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of race 7, BP 2 Go Taumarunui Premier, an Information was filed pursuant to Rule 638 (1) (d). The Informant, Mr Oatham, alleged that near the 1450 metres Ms Johnson allowed her mount DUCATI to shift in, when not clear of ISDABICKY (Mrs T Thornton), which was checked.

Ms Johnson acknowledged that she understood the nature of the charge, the Rule and confirmed her admission of the breach.

Rule 638(1) (d) provides: A Rider shall not ride a horse in a manner which the Judicial Committee considers to be careless.

Mr Robinson identified on the video films that passing the 1450 metres Ms Johnson allowed her mount to roll in. He said in doing so Ms Johnson was a bare length clear and this resulted in ISDABICKY being checked.

Ms Johnson told the Committee that she looked around to see where Mrs Thornton was and as soon as the incident occurred she pulled her mount off. Ms Johnson believed ISDABICKY's manners did not help the situation.


As Ms Johnson admitted the breach we find the charge proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham produced Ms Johnson’s record which showed 4 previous breach under this Rule in the last 12 months. He said this would normally be a poor record but noted Ms Johnson had not breached this Rule since October 2013 which changed the situation to a degree. He said Ms Johnson did not show sufficient care when not the required distance clear of Mrs Thornton’s mount which received a sharp check. He said the carelessness was in the mid - range and submitted a 4 to 5 days suspension would be an appropriate penalty.

Ms Johnson after talking to her manager advised the Committee she had upcoming commitments at Ruakaka on 12 July and sought a deferment to any proposed suspension.

Ms Johnson and Mr Booth had nothing further to add.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee carefully considered all the evidence and submissions presented. We have adopted 5 riding days as the starting point in considering the term of suspension. The mitigating facts are Ms Johnson’s admission of the breach and we assess the level of carelessness closer to low than mid - range. We note that this is Ms Johnson’s 5th breach of this Rule in the last 12 months which is below average even for her number of rides. However, this is balanced by the fact that she has not incurred a suspension in the last 9 months.

After taking into account all the above factors we consider an appropriate penalty is a 4 day suspension.


We grant Ms Johnson’s request to seek a deferment to her suspension as per Rule 1106(2).

Accordingly, we impose a suspension on Ms Johnson which will commence after racing on 12 July and conclude after racing on 18 July 2014 (4 days).

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