Horse racing in Maliebaan continues, with a grant from the municipality of Utrecht

Horse racing in Maliebaan continues, with a grant from the municipality of Utrecht

The horse race on the Maliebaan will continue on September 24 and the organization has also received a grant from the municipality of Utrecht. Initially there was a dispute about financial support because the municipal council does not like events and animals.

For horse racing lovers, the Maliebaan competition show. During the so-called short sprint, the packers, who sit in a cart behind the horse, compete against each other to cover the distance as quickly as possible. The competition is organized in honor of the luster of the Veterinary Students Circle and was also organized during the previous lustrums.

This year, however, there was debate about grants of the Municipality of Utrecht. The organization had requested financial assistance, which the municipality refused, but it was explained that there were few legal reasons not to grant the grant if there were objections. The municipality had rejected the request as a precaution because “it is not sufficiently clear whether the welfare of the horses is ensured by this short trotting race”. After the corporation filed an objection, the municipality granted the grant after all.


In 1982 the first edition of Maliebaandag, which is organized every five years, was held. The Veterinary Student Circle is 90 years old this year. Adjacent to the racecourse is a full animal hospital and several booths where visitors can learn more about veterinary medicine and horse sport.

It has not escaped the attention of students that there is a debate about animal welfare. That is why a debate will be organized during the event. “As veterinary students, we welcome the debate on animal welfare in equestrian sport and therefore organize a debate in which there is room for different opinions.” Representatives of Kortebaanbond and Dierenbescherming, as well as a professor of animal welfare from Utrecht University, are participating in the discussion. The public can also respond.