Changes to Amateur and Junior regulations

CHANGE TO AMATEUR DRIVER REGULATIONS

On 18 May 2018 the HRNZ Board Special Committee approved changes to the Amateur Driver Regulations effective from 1 August 2018 after receiving correspondence from the NZ Amateur Drivers Association and consulting the Area Licensing Committees.

The changes to the Regulations have been made after taking into consideration the declining number of Novice and Full Amateur drivers nationwide which has made it difficult for these licence holders to progress through the current system and the need to upskill drivers before they become eligible to drive in Advanced Amateur totalisator races in the future.  

The new pathway for Advanced Amateur drivers will be –

  1. Novice and Full Amateur Licences are no longer available and a person must first be licensed as a Stablehand.
  2. Pass practical & oral tests for a Trials Horseman’s Licence.
  3. Complete 40 drives at workouts and trials.
  4. Complete Driving Field Day(s) and relevant training sessions as directed by the Education and Training Manager.

Existing Novice and Full Amateur drivers will be eligible to sit the practical & oral tests straight away if they are ready to complete the tests for a Trials Horseman’s Licence.

Advanced Amateur Drivers will be licensed as a Trials Horseman and eligible to drive in all races at Official Trials and Workouts for no additional payment.

 

CHANGE TO JUNIOR DRIVER REGULATIONS

On 18 May 2018 the HRNZ Board Special Committee approved changes to the Junior Driver Regulations after consulting the Area Licensing Committees.

The changes to the Regulations have been made after taking into consideration the declining number of Junior drivers particularly in the North Island and to give young drivers every opportunity to make a career for themselves in the industry. 

Currently Junior Drivers under 25yrs of age who drive 75 wins are allowed five seasons as a Junior driver regardless of the number of winners driven.

Under the new criteria to apply for 2018/19 the number of wins has been increased to 100 and the number of seasons to a minimum of six.

Drivers in this category are eligible to hold a Junior licence for up to eight seasons if they have not achieved 100 wins and are now guaranteed six seasons regardless of the number of winners driven.

This criteria is in line with drivers aged 25 – 29yrs who can be licensed for six seasons provided they have not driven 100 wins.

For more information on these regulations please contact Maria Harris [email protected] 

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