MTHA Board Members Named To Important HISA Committee

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Oct. 17 announced the members of its new Horsemen’s Advisory Group, members for which were selected from more than 250 applications received from across the country.

The Horsemen’s Advisory Group beginning in November will meet monthly to provide feedback to HISA’s executive team and standing committees on the implementation and evolution of the HISA Racetrack Safety Program, which began in July of this year, and Anti-Doping and Medication Control Program, which begins Jan. 1, 2023.

Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President Timothy Keefe; MTHA Vice President Linda Gaudet, who will serve as the committee’s adviser on backstretch issues; and MTHA Board of Directors member H. Graham Motion are among the initial 19 members of the committee. Members will serve between one- and two-year terms “to stagger changes in the composition of the group and to maximize the opportunity for participation across the industry in the coming years,” HISA said in a release.

“I know that HISA will benefit immensely from this group’s extensive, hands-on experience in Thoroughbred racing as we continue to work with all industry stakeholders to advance the safety and integrity of our sport,” HISA Chief Executive Officer Lisa Lazarus said.

“The MTHA is honored to have participants on the new advisory committee,” Keefe said. “Our organization has been at the forefront of the focus on equine health and safety for many years as part of the Mid-Atlantic coalition, and will continue to be engaged both regionally and nationally. Hopefully, the new committee can have an impact as HISA continues to develop, and in some cases modify, the rules and regulations that govern the sport.”

Other trainer members of the Horsemen’s Advisory Group are Mark Casse, Kelsey Danner, Tom Drury, Ron Moquett, New York THA Board of Directors member Richard Schosberg, and Donnie K. Von Hemel. Veterinarians, owners and farm owners and farriers are also represented on the committee.

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