Ashburton RC 7 March 2022 – R9 – Tanya Jonker

ID: RIB8058

Tanya Jonker - Jockey

Ms V Algar- Stipendiary Steward,

Dave Anderson

Persons Present:
Ms Algar, M Jonker, Mr M Davidson Stipendiary Steward, Mr J Oatham, Chief Stipendiary Steward

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Struck her mount MADAM SEQUOIA with her whip 7 times prior to the 100 metres

638(3)(g)(i) - Contravention whip rule - Whip Regulations


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Race Date:

Race Club:
Ashburton Racing Club

Race Location:
Ashburton Racecourse - Racecourse Road, Ashburton, 7700

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Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Ashburton Racecourse, Racecourse Rd, Ashburton 7700.

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey, Tanya Jonker is fined $300



Following the running of Race 9, the Respondent Ms Tanya Jonker Rider admitted a charge alleging excessive whip use prior to the 100 metres.

Rule638(3)(g)(i) provides that in a Flat Race a Rider must not:

(i) strike a horse with a whip more than 5 times prior to the 100-metre mark (other than in a slapping motion down the shoulder with the whip hand remaining on the reins); or

Using the available race films Ms Algar with the assistance of Mr Oatham, demonstrated that the Respondent struck her mount 7 times from the straight entrance to the 100-metre mark.  She pointed out that the strikes were not forceful, and they were well spaced.

In response, Respondent, Ms Jonker made no submissions.


As the Respondent, Ms Jonker admitted the breach the Adjudicative Committee finds the breach proved (Rule 915(1)(d) refers).

Submissions For Penalty

Ms Algar produced the Respondent’s Ms Jonker’s record which indicated no previous breaches.

Stewards assessed the breach as low and submitted a penalty commensurate with the NZTR Revised Penalty Guide for excessive whip use (as of 1 March 2022).

The Respondent’s share of the stake was $ 336.00.

The Respondent, Ms Jonker submitted she finds it hard to get rides these days and the last time she won a race was here some time ago.

Reasons For Penalty

The Penalty Guideline starting point for a breach of this nature is set out below.

1st Offence with 2 additional strikes a fine of $250 (as per updated NZTR Penalty Guide dated 1 March 2022)

After considering the video evidence, the submissions, and having due regard for the number and frequency of strikes; the force used, and the Respondent’s share of stake, the Adjudicative Committee determined there is a compelling reason to depart from the starting point set out in the Penalty Guideline. The Respondent has won the race which is the aggravating factor and the Adjudicative Committee finds an uplift of $50 appropriate in this case.

On that basis, the Respondent is fined $300.


Respondent Tanya Jonker is fined $300.


Decision Date: 17/03/2022

Publish Date: 18/03/2022