Purpose This unit standard is for people involved with the maintenance of a race club track and buildings.
People credited with this unit standard are able to: erect, maintain and measure a moveable running rail; mark positions for the starting gate; prepare facilities for race day; allocate and control use of horse boxes on race day; and repair race tracks after use.
Evaluation of documentation and visit by NZQA and industry.
Standard setting body (SSB)
Primary Industry Training Organisation
Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP) reference
This AMAP can be accessed at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/framework/search/index.do.
Special notes 1 Legislation includes but is not limited to the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, and its subsequent amendments.
2 Race club procedures are the documented practices and polices required within a particular workplace, and do not contravene the Code of Recommendations and Minimum Standards for Welfare of Horses. (Wellington: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, 1993); or available at http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/animal-welfare/codes/horses/index.htm.
3 The Table of Distances can be obtained from the surveyor associated with the relevant race club.
4 For this unit standard the practical assessment evidence must be provided in the context of a commercial business operation under normal working conditions.
Elements and performance criteria Element 1 Erect, maintain and measure a moveable running rail.
Performance criteria 1.1 New position for the rail is clearly marked around the distance of the track in accordance with the intended race.
1.2 Rail is dismantled, transferred and securely set up in new position in accordance with predetermined marks.
Range curve is even on bends, rail is attached securely with screws and hooks in position.
1.3 The moveable rail is measured and compared with the Table of Distances held by the Racing Club.
1.4 Track is cleared of obstacles resulting from rail moving and equipment is returned to workshop in accordance with race club procedures.
Element 2 Mark positions for the starting gate.
Performance criteria 2.1 Race day programme is obtained from the race club secretary and used to determine the forward movement for all races on the card.
2.2 Position of starting gates is determined according to the Table of Distancesas prepared by the surveyor.
2.3 Starting gates positions for all carded races are marked on the track according to race distance and position of running rail.
2.4 Method of marking is safe, correct, obvious, and not distracting for horses on the track.
Element 3 Prepare facilities for race day.
Performance criteria 3.1 Signs are securely erected out of the way of people and horses in a manner that does not distract horses when moving past.
3.2 Facilities for horses are ready for use, free of foreign objects, and moveable items are secured in accordance with race club procedures.
Range track, rail, stables, birdcage.
3.3 Transport vehicles are positioned on course ready for use in accordance with race club procedures.
Range ambulance, course officials’ vehicles, mortuary cart and canvas cover.
3.4 Facilities for the public are operating, and attendants are on duty in accordance with race club procedures.
Range water supply, sound system, electrical system, buildings open, car parks.
3.5 Veterinary facilities and swab box are clean, tidy, and ready for use in accordance with race club procedures.
Range fresh straw, bucket, hose, shovel.
3.6 Supervisor is informed when all duties are complete in accordance with race club procedures.
Element 4 Allocate and control use of horse boxes on race day.
Performance criteria 4.1 Boxes are prepared for trainers use in accordance with race club procedures.
Range numbered and marked on plan, clean, free of damage, with adequate bedding.
4.2 Boxes are allocated according to bookings lodged with the race club secretary and in accordance with race club procedures.
Range trainer’s preference, bedding type, all horses from one trainer placed together.
4.3 Allocations are recorded and placed in prominent, well lit place suitable for viewing at all times of the day or night in accordance with race club procedures.
4.4 Boxes are supervised and maintained throughout race day in accordance with race club procedures.
Range clean, refuse removed, bedding changed.
4.5 Complaints are dealt with quickly and effectively in a tactful manner, and documented in accordance with race club procedures.
Element 5 Repair race tracks after use.
Performance criteria 5.1 Holes are filled with available turf or soil, working around the course in the direction of travel of horses to provide a level surface in accordance with race club procedures.
5.2 A roller used at walking pace levels the surface.
Range cambridge, flat.
5.3 Holes in turf are finished in accordance with race club procedures.
Range turf plugs, soil and seed mixture.
Please note Providers must be accredited by NZQA, or an inter-institutional body with delegated authority for quality assurance, before they can report credits from assessment against unit standards or deliver courses of study leading to that assessment.
Industry Training Organisations must be accredited by NZQA before they can register credits from assessment against unit standards.
Accredited providers and Industry Training Organisations assessing against unit standards must engage with the moderation system that applies to those standards.
Accreditation requirements and an outline of the moderation system that applies to this standard are outlined in the Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP). The AMAP also includes useful information about special requirements for organisations wishing to develop education and training programmes, such as minimum qualifications for tutors and assessors, and special resource requirements.
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