Horse Racing

HISA, HIWU announce internal jury members

On March 24, Horseracing’s Integrity and Safety Authority and Horseracing’s Welfare & Integrity Unit announced the individuals who will serve on their Internal Hearings Panels, which will hear Cases violates the controlled drugs rule in the HISA Anti-Doping and Drug Control Program. Controlled Drug Rule Violations are identified in Code 3000: Anti-Doping and Controlled Drug Procedures for Horses.

IAP members are appointed by mutual agreement of HISA and HIWU to four-year terms and act as independent contractors for both entities. Selected individuals, including state administrators, were selected for their deep horse regulatory experience. State administrators will be barred from participating in cases stemming from their employment status. All members of the IAP will receive training in HISA adjudication processes under the ADMC Program before they can hear cases and must complete an annual continuing education program to maintain their eligibility. their service.

“We are excited by the group we have assembled to hear Controlled Drug Code Violations, which we consider to be this type of school,” said Ben Mosier, chief executive officer of HIWU. most common case in the ADMC Program. “Given their extensive and diverse experience in equine regulation, we are confident that they will act fairly and consistently in the adjudication process.”

HISA Executive Director Lisa Lazarus said: “The Internal Judiciary Panel will play an important role in the enforcement of the ADMC Program as HISA distinguishes between drug overdoses and first-time doping violations. our sport”. “Therefore, I am delighted that the in-depth knowledge and expertise of each individual who has agreed to serve on the panel will benefit our adjudication processes, benefiting the entire board.” racing community.”

Additional information on IAP service requirements and adjudication proceedings for Controlled Drug Rule Violations can be found in Rule 7000: Arbitration from the Rules determined by HISA’s ADMC Program.

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The members of the IAP are as follows, with their “prohibited statuses” related to the hearing cases included in parentheses if applicable:

Rick Abbott (Pennsylvania) spent 40 years as a Thoroughbred sales agent and was a member of the Pennsylvania State Equestrian Commission from 1996 to 2009. He chaired the Appeals and Review Committees of the National Obstacles Association. family.

Eddie Arroyo (Illinois) is a former jockey and has served as a senior state manager representing the Illinois Racing Council for 32 years. He spent 5 years as an assistant to the president and president of Arlington Park, and was also the general manager of Sportsman’s Park for 5 years. Arroyo is on the board of directors of the Racing Officials Recognition Program and a recipient of the Pete Pederson Award.

Lisa BlackStone serves as vice president of the Arabian Horse Association, chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Equestrian Federation, and co-chair of the USEF Hearing Committee. The hearing committee presides over horse show rule violations, including drug violations and horse welfare issues. Blackstone is a founding member of the Georgia State Attorney’s Horse Law Division.

Barbara Borden (Kentucky) was first licensed as a Kentucky manager in 1993 and was appointed head manager for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in April 2012, the position she currently holds. She participates in the License, Rules and Regulation Review, as well as the Kentucky Equestrian Commission’s Safety and Integrity Committee. Borden, who began his racing career working with horses at various racetracks around the country, has held many official race positions, including licensing manager, barn assistant , equine identity and administrator of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund.

Patricia Bowman (Indiana) is a 2017 graduate of Godolphin Flying Start and has 15 years of experience in the equestrian industry. She has worked in a variety of capacities on the backseat and in racing offices and is currently the state manager of the Indiana Equestrian Commission.

Lori the dinosaur (Ohio) trained, owned and bred Thoroughbred racehorses for 20 years before becoming a race official in 2014. She currently works as a manager at Mahoning Valley Racecourse and at JACK Thistledown.

Connie Estes (New Mexico) has taken on a variety of roles in Texas racing, including licensing secretary, manager, licensing director, interim chief executive officer, and deputy executive director at the Racing Commission Texas car. As deputy director, she oversees all tracking staff, including veterinarians, managers, licensing agents, auditors, and investigators. Estes has worked for the New Mexico Racing Commission as a state manager and for the Breeders’ Cup as a safety manager.

Hilary Forde, director of HF Consult Sports Law, specializing in sport and equine law, and has more than 12 years of experience working in the field of anti-doping control and drug issues in equestrian sport. A native of Ireland, she currently serves as a court clerk for the International Equestrian Sports Federation, in addition to other sports law advisory roles to various international sport governing bodies.

John Herbuveaux (California) has been the manager of the California Horse Racing Board since 1983 and a recipient of the Pete Pedersen Award.

Duncan Patterson (Delaware) has been involved in horse racing for over 50 years as a trainer, amateur jockey, owner, and manager for the NSA. He has been a racing commissioner since 1988. Patterson is currently chairman of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, chair of the International Association of Racing Commissioners’ Standards and Practices Committee, and a member. of the NSA’s Management Advisory Committee.

Diane Pitts practiced corporate, partnership, and securities law before engaging in the management of equestrian sports through the American Association of Events Organizations and the USEF. She is currently on the board of directors of the second organization. In 2022, Pitts was re-elected to a second term as a member of the FEI Court, which has jurisdiction to hear claims on issues such as horse doping, horse abuse, protection and harassment tangled.

Erika Riedl has extensive experience in sports law, integrity and governance matters. From 2012 to 2020, she was clerk of the FEI Court, where she oversaw more than 250 cases, including those related to anti-doping in humans and horses. Riedl has acted as arbitrator and board member of various sports disciplinary bodies and is a mediation center recognized as an Effective Dispute Resolution Center.

Kim Sawyer (California) has been licensed in the racing industry since 1968, holding a variety of roles, including jockey, trainer, equestrian, receiving barn checker and race official . She has been recognized as a manager since 1999 and has been with the California Horse Racing Board since 2005. She received the Pete Pederson Award in 2019.

Eric Smith (Indiana) is a ROAP Level I accredited flat race manager. He is currently a senior state manager for the Indiana Equestrian Commission and has worked in Illinois, Virginia, West Virginia and New Mexico, as well as for ARCI.

Edward Weiss (California) is an arbitrator, mediator and hearing officer with 35 years of legal and litigation experience. He has served as a private sector litigator, assistant US attorney and general counsel at Ticketmaster.

This press release has been edited by BloodHorse Staff for content and style.


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