In December, 2017 the ARCI Board formally called for the expansion of regulatory authority over those aspects of the racing industry that are not currently subject to the independent oversight provided by racing regulatory authorities. A main reason for this action was to obtain authority to deal with the equine welfare threat posed by the widespread use of bisphosphonates in young horses despite government warnings that question the safety of such use.
In order to address this issue the extent of a racing commission’s jurisdiction over the actual horse needs to be better defined. The proposed rule is to begin that discussion with the hope that the regulators and industry constituencies will work to ensure that commissions can address such matters.
These issues were discussed at the ARCI Conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas last April. No industry organization or member have made a proposal in this regard. This proposal is designed to jump start the process to resolve this issue.
THE COMMITTEE WILL BE ASKED TO DESIGNATE A WORK GROUP OF REGULATORS AND INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES TO DRAFT A CONSENSUS PROPOSAL.