Please make sure you RSVP to NZTR BY MONDAY 3RD JANUARY. There are some important meetings planned throughout the country being conducted by NZTR. The main subjects to be covered include the Handicapping/Ratings system and the proposed Licensing reforms due for introduction in August 2022.


Licence holders and participants are invited to attend a meeting to discuss:

  • Proposed changes to Training and Licensing Structures - see the following link for details
  • Handicapping and Ratings

The meeting will be attended by Bruce Sharrock, James Dunne, Tim Aldridge, Neil Jennings and Tyler Tane.
Note Amy Johnson will be attending the Wingatui and Riccarton meetings also.
Monday, 17 January – Wingatui and Riccarton
Thursday, 20 January – Awapuni
Thursday, 27 January – Auckland (venue TBC), Cambridge

Those interested in attending can email [email protected] by Monday 3 January

23 December 2021 NZTR CIRCULAR 2021/22 
Consultation on Proposed Changes to Training and Licensing Structures
Earlier this year as part of NZTR’s Industry Reshaping Strategic Priorities NZTR expressed an intention to reform NZTR’s training and licensing systems.
Below is a link to a paper setting out proposed changes to the structure of the licences NZTR issues together with the first stage of what will build to comprehensive reform of thoroughbred racing’s education, training and career pathways.
In addition, further detail is included in associated papers that may be found on the Rules, Directives, Policies & Regulations webpage (see via link) – under the heading ‘Rules and Policies under consultation’.
Feedback on the proposals in the paper is sought by 1 February 2022, and should be submitted to [email protected] Issued by the Office of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing

Click here for the full discussion paper on Licensing and here for the proposed rule change. There are some major changes being proposed and you need to ensure you have your say in how the industry goes forward. The Trainers' Association will be making a submission.
Please forward any feedback either direct to the Trainers' Association or to NZTR (and please copy NZTA). However the best way to be up to date with the proposals and discussions, is to attend the planned meetings.