Supervise horses working on the racetrack

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Supervise horses working on the racetrack





Purpose This unit standard is for people involved with the organisation of numbers of horses at morning workouts on racetracks.
People credited with this unit standard are able to assess racetrack condition, and report open tracks; and supervise horses entering and leaving the track to ensure safety for all users.




Racetrack Maintenance



Status date

26 November 2007

Date version published

26 November 2007

Planned review date

31 December 2011

Entry information



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
Special notes
1 All work practices must meet codes of practice and documented worksite safety procedures for personal, and worksite safety, and must meet the obligations of legislation which includes but is not limited to the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, and its subsequent amendments.
2 A copy of the current Racetrack Bylaws is required for this unit standard. These can be obtained from the secretary of the racing club where horses are working.
3 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 h://
Elements and performance criteria
Element 1
Assess racetrack condition, and report open tracks.
Performance criteria
1.1 Track condition is assessed according to current weather condition, and suitability for morning use is determined.
Range surface moisture, subsurface moisture, length of ground cover, potential damage, time taken to repair.
1.2 Notification of track condition is posted to all users on designated track noticeboard according to Racetrack Bylaws.
Element 2
Supervise horses entering and leaving the track to ensure safety for all users.
Performance criteria
2.1 Information is obtained from riders entering track in terms of the proposed workout and documented in accordance with race club procedures.
2.2 Riders are directed onto the track in a manner that ensures horses are worked without causing interference to each other according to Racetrack Bylaws, and number of current track users.
2.3 Unsafe riding is reported to track manager according to race club procedures.
Range passing on wrong side, wrong place on track, riding at pace not previously specified, horse out of control.
2.4 Unsafe riding is documented according to race club procedures.
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.
Comments on this unit standard
Please contact the Primary Industry Training Organisation if you wish to suggest changes to the content of this unit standard.

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