The British Horseracing Authority, with consultation with its Veterinary Committee and the NTF, has revised Rule (C) 31 in relation to Ringworm. 

With effect from 1st May a Trainer must produce a certificate of non-contagiousness for any horse under his care or control which he brings onto Racecourse Property if it appears to be affected with ringworm. 

The purpose of the Rule change is to focus on the prevention of disease, rather than its diagnosis on course. Such certificates will also allow horses that have had ringworm, but are recovering and no longer contagious, or have other non-contagious skin conditions to be able to run.  As most horses will have a Certificate skin scrapings will now only usually be taken from horses without these certificates which appear to be affected with ringworm.

Failure to bring such a certificate will result in a Band B fine (£140) and if the culture of any scrapings subsequently proves positive a Band C fine (£290) will be also be imposed.

The certificate that must be used, and reflects the realities of the veterinary diagnosis and treatment of ringworm, is available on the Authority’s website: http://www.britishhorseracing.com/resources/equine-science-and-welfare/veterinary-certificates.asp