New NRHA President Units New Path for Welfare


The brand new president of the NRHA, Mark Blake, has set a brand new path ahead to deal with the problems of drug use in reining horse occasions. The change of 1 key individual on the board brings hope for the horses. If the remaining board would do the game the consideration of resigning too, as Gary Carpenter former president did, the game may take away its stained, even ugly, popularity and supply full and clear administration of a drug-free and abuse-free sport.

The letter under may be very clear::

Expensive NRHA Membership:

As I started my presidency, considered one of my high priorities was to be as clear as potential with the membership and all the time hold an open dialogue.

With that being stated, as we get nearer to the implementation of our up to date Animal Welfare & Drugs coverage this June, I needed to make sure our members had been conscious of two developments that occurred after the coverage’s August approval.

First, the American Affiliation of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) despatched a letter that was later publicly shared, expressing their issues over the permittance of Romifidine. They’ve additionally since supplied us with analysis to assist their objections. You possibly can learn the letter.
Secondly, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF), whom we’ve shared a long-standing relationship with, formally notified us they may now not accomplice with us to conduct our drugs testing at NRHA-approved occasions resulting from our allowance of Romifidine in competitors. You possibly can learn the letter right here.

The importance of those choices and communication items has weighed closely on me, and I proceed to take them very significantly. That’s the reason, at our February assembly, I requested the NRHA Board of Administrators to assist my appointment of an Animal Welfare Job Power. This group will encompass a wide range of members from totally different sectors of the business, together with no less than one veterinarian, to focus solely on the security and welfare of our horses.

I felt it was crucial we’ve a proper group to evaluate not solely what NRHA is doing however what we ought to be doing and to maintain apprised of what’s going on not solely within the western efficiency business however your complete equine business. We have to work more durable on being proactive in order that we could be finest ready. This group shall be answerable for serving to to evaluate statistics, guidelines, insurance policies, and procedures and produce ahead suggestions to the board as wanted.

Moreover, the 2023 NRHA Member Survey is now obtainable on-line as a platform to offer beneficial suggestions to our board. The responses shall be fastidiously reviewed at our Strategic Planning Session held later this yr and can assist information the way forward for the affiliation. I strongly encourage you to take the time to reply thoughtfully, and I hope you inform your fellow reiners to do the identical.

Our 2022 Drugs Testing statistics at the moment are obtainable on-line. You possibly can view them right here, and as you may inform, we’ve supplied extra element as requested. Our board of administrators will now frequently evaluate testing statistics and the coverage yearly.

Lastly, you’ll quickly start seeing extra academic assets and communication from NRHA concerning our up to date Animal Welfare & Drugs coverage. Please take the time to be sure to are up-to-date on the adjustments.

As all the time, when you have a query or a remark or wish to get extra concerned with NRHA, please decide up the cellphone and provides me a name. I’ll all the time be obtainable to talk with our members.

Collectively, I strongly imagine NRHA will proceed to be the premiere self-discipline within the western efficiency horse business.

Sincerely yours,

Mark Blake

NRHA President


3021 West Reno Ave

Oklahoma Metropolis OK 73107


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