Equine jumping races


Ratification Date: 15 Feb 2008


Hurdle and steeplechase (jumping) races are comparable to other legitimate forms of strenuous equestrian activity.

Horse racing over obstacles is not opposed, provided that racing authorities continue to implement measures to minimise incidents that might endanger the welfare of the competitors. Horses permitted to compete in these specialised events in public must display a suitable level of training and ability.


Accidents are inevitable in equine jumping races, as in any intense athletic event. Measures should be in place to minimise the risks to the welfare of horses competing in these events.


Measures that racing authorities should put in place for equine jumping races include:

  • setting minimum skill and experience standards for the horses, riders and trainers;
  • attention to course design and length, and to placement and size of obstacles; and
  • continuing and careful analysis of the accidents and incidents that do occur.

All jumping races, including those at picnic and ‘point to point’ meetings, must be conducted with a veterinary surgeon in attendance. Appropriate facilities must be available for the prompt treatment or euthanasia of injured horses.

Other relevant policies and position statements

Equine competitive events (other than jump races and rodeos)

Racing of 2-year-old horses

Date of ratification by AVA Board 15 February 2008