With the announcement of the new NRHA drug rule revisions, we have been hard at work with people hitting the telephones to find out how board members allegedly voted in “SediGate”. The provision to inject horses with a sedative 30 minutes prior to an event during warm-up times.
In the open letter to all members, NRHA President Rick Clark, advised it required a supermajority of 67% vote to pass the new drug rules and penalties; therefore requiring 12 votes minimum. The president can only vote in a tie-breaker, so he is excluded. People can only vote once.
Clark goes on to write “Like the industry, the board was split between the people who wanted the policy and those that were against it. We did not have the support to go to a no allowance for Romifidine (Sedivet) at this time. We were faced with some unfortunate but very likely scenarios if we did not get the support we needed to enact some changes.”
The Way it Allegedly Went:
18 votes on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee:
- 4 voted – No to Sedivet – 22%
- 14 voted – Yes to Sedivet – 78%
Each person can only vote once, even if on both the board and executive committee.
Individual member votes are shown below.
If a member of the Board of Directors or Executive Committee believes their vote is incorrectly reported, we invite the particular individual to write to us and advise their vote, and we will immediately update the information.
These Yes voters are the people who, as stated by Rick Clark, did not want any changes to the rules and agreed only if Sedivet was included as an approved drug.
With such a margin of difference, the likelihood of Sedivet being voted out is most unlikely in the foreseeable future. The possibility of the current new penalties being squashed or watered down is extremely high.
With the outcry on social media, their voting certainly does not represent the membership’s wishes.
In a Formal Letter to the NRHA – The American Association of Equine Practitioners warns of the dangers of using Sedivet for horse and rider and its analgesic effect of the drug is performance enhancing. Read the full letter here.
These are the directors, board members and executive committee since 2015. These people are all responsible for the ineffective management of drug rules since the inception of the rules.
|Ann Salmon Anderman (Director)|
|Barbara Brookshire (Director Thru 12/17)|
|Becky S Hanson (Director Thru 12/17)|
|Beth Himes (President Thru 12/14)|
|Brett Walters (Director)|
|Brian Welman (Exec Comm Mem & Dir Thru 12/17)|
|Bub Poplin (Director)|
|Carol Ivey (Director From 1/20)|
|Casey Hinton (Exec Comm Mem & Dir Thru 12/17)|
|Dallas Schwerdt (Director)|
|Dave Belson (Director Thru 12/18)|
|Ed Bricker (Director From 1/20)|
|Filippo Masi (Director)|
|Frank Costantini (Director Thru 12/15)|
|Gary Carpenter (Executive Director)|
|Ginger Schmersal (Director)|
|Guy Vernon (Director)|
|Jeanine Kern (Director)|
|Jennifer Hoyt (Exec Comm Mem & Dir Thru 12/15)|
|Jesse Chase (Director Thru 12/18)|
|Jim Blumer (Exec Comm Mem & Dir Thru 12/15)|
|Joao Marcos (Director)|
|John Tague (Exec Comm Mem From 1/20)|
|Josh Visser (Exec Comm Mem & Dir Thru 12/16)|
|Kelli Brummett (Exec Comm Mem & Dir Thru 12/16)|
|Kelly Hedges (Director Thru 12/19)|
|Kim Maharaj (Director Thru 12/18)|
|Larry D Barker (Director Thru 12/16)|
|Larry J Handley (Director)|
|Lee Foster (Director Thru 12/19)|
|Mark Blake (Exec Comm Mem & Director)|
|Mike Deer (Vice President & President Thru 12/18)|
|Mike Hancock (Exec Comm Mem & Director, Pres, VP Thru 12/18)|
|Paulus Beurskens (Exec Comm Mem & Director)|
|Peter DeFreitras (Director)|
|Raul Leal (Director Thru 12/17)|
|Rick Clark (President Thru 12/16, Current President)|
|Rick Ramsey (Exec Comm Mem & Dir Thru 12/15)|
|Roberto Cuoghi (Director Thru 12/17)|
|Rosanne Sternberg (Exec Comm Mem & Director)|
|Ruben Pacheco (Director)|
|Shane Brown (Director Thru 12/16 – Current Exec Comm Mem & Dir)|
|Susy Baeck (Director Thru 12/16)|
|Sven Friesecke (Director Thru 12/16)|
|Tim Anderson (Director From 1/20)|
|Tim Lynch (Director Thru 12/14)|
|Tom McCutcheon (Exec Comm Mem & Dir Thru 12/19)|
|Margaret Fuchs (current member not listed)|
|Drake Johnson (current member not listed)|
|Karen Montgomery (current member not listed)|
|Karen Shedlauskas (current member not listed)|