MTHA ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF 2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION

Ballot-Box-4x3Following a record number of ballots returned, members of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association have elected seven new Directors as well as eight incumbents from a slate of 29 hopefuls in the recently concluded Board of Directors election.

Ballots were mailed nationwide to 2,169 currently licensed owners and trainers in early July from Election Trust, a third party election services company that specializes in the administration of corporate and non-profit board elections.

558 ballots were received by the close of business on August 15, 2014 for a return rate of over 25%. This participation rate far exceeds previous elections conducted by MTHA, as well as national non-profit election averages according to representatives at Election Trust.

The following individuals were elected to the Board of Directors. All terms are three years.

OWNERS: Christine E. Bricker, Ellen M. Charles, JoAnn Hayden, Michael F. Horning, R. Larry Johnson, Robert T. Manfuso and Charles “Chip” J. Reed.

TRAINERS: A. Ferris Allen III, Dale Capuano, Linda S. Gaudet, Timothy L. Keefe, Lawrence E. Murray, H. Graham Motion, Michael J. Trombetta and Katharine M. Voss.

The MTHA Board of Directors election occurs every three years when members of the association select all 15 Directorships. The election of officers will take place at the MTHA’s September board meeting. For more information call the MTHA office at (410) 902-6842.

Backstretch Appreciation Day - Sept. 21st, 1-4pm

cookoutFood, fun and fellowship will highlight the MTHA’s Backstretch Appreciation Day on September 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. The event will take place in the white house area adjacent to the paddock area.

Everyone’s favorites will be served: pit beef and roasted pork, chicken and salads, catered by Russell Clark. Soda will also be provided.
Door prizes will be distributed.

All backstretch personnel and their families are invited to attend free of charge.

Backstretch Appreciation Day honors the unsung heroes of our industry.

July/August 2014 Newsletter Available

newsletter2014 7The July/August 2014 edition of the Horsemen's Newsletter is now online and available for download. To view this edition click herearrow

The Horsemen's Newsletter is published monthly by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and is mailed to each licensed owner and trainer in the state of Maryland.

Profile Booklet Available for Board of Directors Candidates

ProfilesTo download the profile booklet for candidates click herearrow

Ballots for the MTHA’s 2014 election for the Board of Directors are scheduled to be mailed in mid-July to all MTHA members which consist of all currently licensed owners and trainers as of June 30, 2014. In order for a ballot to be counted, it must properly completed and received (NOT POSTMARKED) no later than Friday, August 15.

Members must vote for seven owners and seven trainers.

All 15 directorships are up for election in 2014. Directors will be elected to a three-year term. Results will be announced in mid-August.

New for this year is a change in how ballots are distributed and processed. Previously all ballots were sent from and returned to the MTHA corporate office for counting by volunteers. However, starting with the 2014 election, all completed ballots will be mailed from and returned to a third-party company who specializes in corporate and non-profit elections. This election services company will count ballots electronically and certify the results.

 

New Modifications To Therapeutic Medication List Approved

BanamineThe Maryland Racing Commission has moved to adopt new modifications to the Controlled Therapeutic Substances List recently approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International recommended by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Two new medications, albuterol and isoflupredone (Predef), have been added to the list of 24 drugs that are approved for therapeutic use in racing together and a new withdrawal time for flunixin(Banamine® has been established.

The withdrawal time for Albuterol, a bronchodilator that can be used as an alternative to the more strictly regulated clenbuterol, has been set at 72 hours prior to a race. Both Albuterol and clenbuterol clear airways, but whereas clenbuterol can be administered orally or intravenously, albuterol can only be administered in an aerosolized form, using a breathing mask. Clenbuterol’s withdrawal time is 14 days.

RMTC’s official recommendation states that the current withdrawal time of flunixin should be increased from 24 hours to 32 hours (based on a single IV dose of 1 milligram per kilogram). Flunixin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and is recommended for the alleviation of inflammation and pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders.

The corticosteroid isoflupredone was added because of its efficacy in treating high-suspensory injuries, a type of malady that could not be effectively treated with any other drug on the approved list.

The RMTC has been pushing to more tightly regulate the use of corticosteroids because of concerns over the ability of these drugs to mask problems if used close to a race and because chronic use of long-term damage in joints. The recommended withdrawal-time guideline on isoflupredone will be seven days.

Concluding after recent research that the current withdrawal time for flunixin (Banamine®) could leave horsemen vulnerable to positive tests, the RMTC recommended extending the time by an additional eight hours to 32 hours.

The new flunixin withdrawal is recommended to horsemen and veterinarians immediately. The addition of albuterol and isoflupredone to the Maryland Racing Medication Guidelines will become effective with the opening of the Laurel Park fall meet.

Funding Now Available For Non-Accredited Aftercare Facilities From MTHA

Horse-field-grass-silhouette-foodThe Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) Board of Directors has approved the application process for grants for non-Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) programs in the state.

The applications are available for download here.

“We realize there are farms in the area that are not [sanctioned by] TAA yet,” said Chris Bricker, MTHA board member and coordinator for the project. “To be sanctioned by TAA, programs have to have the 501 (c) tax designation for three years. We have a number of farms that don’t qualify yet, but they are farms that are doing good work. “Our goal is to get all our farms accredited by the TAA program. We like TAA because they do the accreditation. But we want to support our local programs that are not presently qualified.”

Bricker said a deadline has been set for October 1.

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