Policy: Whip use in racing and equestrian events

Policy type: Policy
: 10a
: Current
Date ratified
: November 2018


Excessive or inappropriate use of a whip on any horse, either in competition or training, is not acceptable practice.


  • The NZVA recognises the need, in certain circumstances, for a rider or driver to use a whip to control or guide a horse.
  • The NZVA recognises that the whip is used to make horses perform more competitively, however it is also aware of ongoing research questioning whether whip use will result in improving a horse’s performance (Evans and McGreevy 2011).
  • The NZVA supports racing authorities and other equestrian bodies in their efforts to eliminate excessive or inappropriate use of the whip.


Evans D, McGreevy P (2011) An Investigation of Racing Performance and Whip Use by Jockeys in Thoroughbred Races. PLoS ONE 6(1): e15622. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015622.