Through Lea Dall’Aglio
Published on 13 (*80*) 21 at 19:22
In addition to being affected by pandemic of Covid-19, the environments equestrian have undergone in latest weeks a epidemic of rhinopneumonia, not transmissible to people however deadly to horses. In the Argentan nation (Orne), the Pine Races aren’t at a standstill, nevertheless. They will happen in May 2021, at behind closed doorways, on thehippodrome of Ginai, beside the Haras du Pin.
News: Has the rhinopneumonia epidemic which has affected equestrian circles for greater than a month reached the racing sector?
Denis Riquier: It is a illness that primarily affected horse present horses. Part of Spain, it contaminated French horses throughout worldwide leaping occasions. Clubs and stables have been referred to as upon to isolate themselves.
But leaping, with saddle horses, and horse racing, with racehorses, are areas that do not overlap rather a lot, so we weren’t affected. Of course, we have now to watch out: for instance, since final 12 months we not supply pony racing actions to youngsters, as a result of the ponies aren’t all the time vaccinated. For the second, there is no such thing as a query of reopening them.
Has the Covid-19 epidemic, once more this 12 months, an impression on the Courses du Pin?
DR: We have 4 conferences a 12 months: two in May, two in October. In 2020, these of May had been purely and easily canceled; this 12 months, they may happen behind closed doorways. This is the case for virtually all races in France.
This means that we’ll not welcome an viewers. The solely folks allowed on web site will probably be the proprietor (with out his kin), the coach and one lad per horse. Jockeys could have to current a adverse PCR check.
For the easy working of the races, we’re obliged to name on volunteers, the variety of which we’ll cut back to a minimal, in addition to a safety service, medical doctors, veterinary checks.
Why is it vital to permit the group of those races?
DR: On the one hand, we can’t completely prepare equines with out making them run. On the different hand, it is vital for financial exercise to keep hardships and positive aspects.
The occasions are supplied at a stage virtually equal to earlier years, set in specific by the federation of trotting horse races and the firm France galop. What modifications is that it’ll not be doable to wager, as a result of we’re a racetrack that doesn’t permit distance betting.
In May, between 70 and 80 horses are anticipated for seven races, as in earlier years. But this 12 months, they’re allowed fifteen days of restoration, in opposition to every week usually, in order that the horses current for the first assembly can come again to race the second.
And we hope that all the pieces will probably be again to regular in October; in specific, parades of coupling are supplied. For the second, it’s well being and good citizenship that take priority.