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 dignity of resigning too, as Gary Carpenter former president did, the game might take away its stained, even ugly, fame and supply full and clear administration of a drug-free and abuse-free sport.

The letter beneath may be very clear::

Pricey NRHA Membership:

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

With that being stated, as we get nearer to the implementation of our up to date Animal Welfare & Medicines coverage this June, I needed to make sure our members have 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 considerations over the permittance of Romifidine. They’ve additionally since offered us with analysis to assist their objections. You may learn the letter.
Secondly, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF), whom now we have shared a long-standing relationship with, formally notified us they may not associate with us to conduct our drugs testing at NRHA-approved occasions because of our allowance of Romifidine in competitors. You may 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 severely. That’s the reason, at our February assembly, I requested the NRHA Board of Administrators to assist my appointment of an Animal Welfare Job Drive. This group will encompass quite a lot of members from totally different sectors of the trade, together with at the least one veterinarian, to focus solely on the security and welfare of our horses.

I felt it was crucial now we have a proper group to assessment 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 trade however your entire equine trade. We have to work tougher on being proactive in order that we will be greatest ready. This group might be answerable for serving to to assessment statistics, guidelines, insurance policies, and procedures and produce ahead suggestions to the board as wanted.

Moreover, the 2023 NRHA Member Survey is now out there on-line as a platform to offer priceless suggestions to our board. The responses might 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 Medicines Testing statistics at the moment are out there on-line. You may view them right here, and as you’ll be able to inform, now we have offered extra element as requested. Our board of administrators will now frequently assessment testing statistics and the coverage yearly.

Lastly, you’ll quickly start seeing extra instructional sources and communication from NRHA relating to our up to date Animal Welfare & Medicines coverage. Please take the time to ensure you are up-to-date on the modifications.

As all the time, if in case you have a query or a remark or want to get extra concerned with NRHA, please choose up the telephone and provides me a name. I’ll all the time be out there to talk with our members.

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

Sincerely yours,

Mark Blake

NRHA President


3021 West Reno Ave

Oklahoma Metropolis OK 73107

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