HISA names 19 members to first Riders Advisory Group


LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) today announced the members of its Rider Advisory Panel, who were selected from more than 250 nominations received from participants in races from all over the country. Beginning in November, the Advisory Group will meet monthly to provide feedback to the Authority’s management team and standing committees on the implementation and evolution of HISA’s regulations on racetrack safety and doping and medication control.

Following HISA’s announcement of the formation of the Advisory Group on August 29, HISA has selected 19 members who together represent a wide range of views and experiences from the American horse racing community. They include trainers, owners and veterinarians, as well as representatives from race offices, backstretch employees, farriers and aftercare initiatives. Members will serve between 1 and 2 years to stagger changes in group membership and maximize opportunities for participation across the industry in future years.

Marc Casse. Benoit Photo

“I would like to thank everyone in the horse racing community who has expressed interest in joining the Rider Advisory Group. I am especially grateful to its distinguished and highly qualified new members who have agreed to collaborate with us on an ongoing basis. “, said Lisa Lazarus, CEO of HISA. “I know that HISA will benefit immensely from the vast practical experience of this group in Thoroughbred racing as we continue to work with all industry players to advance the safety and integrity of our sport.”

The following individuals were selected to serve on the first Horsemen Advisory Group:

Photo by Jennie Rees

Marc Casse is a trainer and founder of Casse Racing based in Ocala, Florida. Mark has been inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and the National Racing Museum Hall of Fame.

Kelsey Danner is a trainer based in Palm Meadows in Boynton Beach, Florida and Delaware Park.

Tom Drury is a trainer from Louisville, Ky. and a board member of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB).

Linda Gaudet is vice-president of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA), of which she has been a member since its inception in 1994. Gaudet will serve as the Backstretch workers’ representative of the Horsemen’s Advisory Group given her history advocating for the rights of backstretch workers.

Frank Jones. Coody Photography

Rick Gold is chairman of the California Thoroughbred Owners Integrity and Safety Committee and owner of a thoroughbred racehorse in California and Australia.

Donnie K Von Hemel is a Piedmont, Oklahoma-based trainer and operates Von Hemel Racing, founded by his father Don Von Hemel. Donnie races in Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma.

Fred Hertrich III is the former Chairman of the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors and owner of Watercress Farm in Paris, Kentucky. Fred has been a standardbred racehorse breeder and owner for 35 years and is also treasurer of the Hambletonian Society. Fred will act as the harness racing representative of the advisory group.

Rom Carpet. Coody Photography

David Ingordo owns a thoroughbred racehorse and agent for Bloodstock.

frank jones is vice president of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. He is also a thoroughbred racehorse owner and horse enthusiast.

Tim Keefe is president of the MTHA and coach at Laurel Park in Maryland.

Dr Sara Langsam is an Equine Veterinarian with Teigland, Franklin and Brokken DVM who is based in Belmont Park. She is one of two veterinary representatives on the Advisory Group.

Ron Moquet is a native of Oklahoma and a coach based in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He races in Arkansas, Kentucky, New York and Oklahoma.

Maggi Moss is a former chief prosecutor of Des Moines, Iowa and a practicing attorney who is also a thoroughbred owner with horse races in Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana and New York.

Graham movement. Photo courtesy of Graham Motion

Graham’s movement was born in Newmarket, England and is a Fair Hill, Maryland-based trainer and owner of Herringswell Stables.

Dr. John Piehowicz is an equine veterinarian and founder of Cincinnati Equine, LLC. He will be the second veterinary representative.

Tom Robin is Executive Vice President, Racing and Industry Relations at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and will act as the Advisory Group Racing Office representative.

Rick Schosberg is a trainer and vice president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), president of Take2 Second Career Thoroughbreds, and a director on the board of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

Rick Schosberg. Photo NYRA

Thomas Trossin is a second-generation farrier and past president of the American Farriers Association. Thomas has been licensed as a plater in California and Oklahoma and will act as the farrier representative of the advisory group.

Kirk Wycoff is a thoroughbred racehorse owner and the owner of Three Diamonds Farm.

HISA press release


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