Jump Racing


Sentient apposes 'Jump' horse racing as the sport carries inherent animal welfare risks resulting in injuries so catastrophic that they can lead to euthanasia. The sport involves racing horses at high speeds over obstacles (either hurdle or steeple) and over distances of up to three kilometres. Horses used in these events are not bred specifically for the demands required of them, generally having been diverted from flat racing, and therefore are highly prone to injury. 


Victoria and South Australia are the only two remaining States in Australia where jump racing is permitted, and since 2009, have seen a total of 49 horses die during these events. The true fatality rate is thought to be higher because the industry does not reveal the number of horses who are euthanased off the track sometime after injuries sustained in a race or trial. A Senate select committee reviewing welfare issues in the racing industry recommended that jump racing be phased out by 1994 in all States where they continued. Jump racing was banned in New South Wales in 1997. Sentient strongly supports a ban on jumps racing in South Australia and Victoria.