The push to take ownership and horse registrations has gathered momentum with over 700 participants signing the online petition.
After years of frustration completing paper forms I was sicking of whinging and decided to post the petition on charge.org just last week.
The whole thoroughbred registration process in Australia is a mess and has been for a very long time.
Racing authorities have ignored modern technology and instead have elected to stick with the paper form process which is well past its' use by date. The current process is awful on so many levels;
terribly time consuming for owners and trainers to complete
repetitious (owners need to complete all the same info each time they sign up for a horse).
horse transfer process is just as cumbersome
leasing a horse to a group is a difficult process
changing owners is a nightmare
dealing with the administrators to follow up registrations is time consuming
Administrators having to chase up owners due to forms not being completed correctly
the time it takes trainers and syndicators adds another layer of expense that quite often is not recouped
the first step for new owners to get involved in racing industry would leave many with a bad taste. The experience would hardly inspire them to buy another horse and do it all again!
A new system that is online would have many benefits including;
Less time spent by trainers, owners and syndicators filling out forms
A more streamlined user friendly registration system which would be less prone to human error
A better way for horses to be tracked throughout there racing lives. So important given current spot light on horse welfare etc..
An owner only needs to register themselves once. They are allocated an owner number and can attach that number to each horse they own
The industry would save hundreds of thousands in not having to employ administrators to process paper forms. We could punch the savings into horse welfare
The new system could also be a good way to weed out the non payers. Could the industry build in a bay payers register which alerts the trainer / syndicator when that owner registers for another horse?
Racing participants need a solution built and they need it now. We have waited far too long already.
To sign the petition click HERE.