Horse Deaths Cause Australian Jump Race Ban in 2011

The State of Victoria in Australia will prohibit jump racing after the 2010 season, stated an article on

The governing body in that state, Racing Victoria Limited (RVL), made the announcement today (Nov. 27).

The article noted that eight horses died following falls in 2009 and 12 died in 2008 "despite safely measures being put in place."

Racing Vidtoria will offer a program of high-weight races in the 2011 "to help in the transition for jump jockeys, trainers, and horses to non-hurdle racing."

The article noted that the Grand Annual Steeplechase carnival in Warrnambool in May 2010 "will be the last jump race in Victoria after 138 years."

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Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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