Rockhampton trainer & jockey couple banned for 6 months over animal welfare issues

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has disqualified two thoroughbred racing participants for six months for failing to provide proper and sufficient nutrition to two racehorses.

Trainer Julieann Lancaster and Jockey Mark Barnham were charged after stewards conducted a stable inspection at the couple’s Rockhampton property and found retired racehorses Marquant and Perfectly Aligned in poor health and in need of proper food and care.

Under Australian Rules of Racing AR 231(1)(b)(iv), a person in charge of a horse must not fail at any time to provide proper and sufficient nutrition for a horse.

The Steward’s assessment was confirmed by a veterinarian, and the licensees were found guilty of the animal welfare breach of the rules.

QRIC Stewards highlighted the negative impact that the couple’s actions had on the racing industry. The severity of the penalty reflects this, combined with the Commission’s desire that this serves as a deterrent for the industry.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Shane Gillard said animal welfare was paramount and the nature of this breach of animal care was something the Commission will always take very seriously.

“It the responsibility of all racing participants to ensure the health and welfare of their animals, whether racing or retired is of a high standard, and it’s disappointing that our Stewards found these two horses in poor condition.”

An animal welfare direction to improve the animals’ condition was issued, and at this time, the condition of both animals has improved to a suitable standard.

Ms Lancaster and Mr Barnham will be required to re-apply for their licences at the end of their disqualification period.

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Debbie Peach
1 year ago

There Is No excuse for Animal neglect
Or cruelty. Well Done to the State Racing body for following up on this case.
Keep up the GOOD Work. ✅✅✅