You know how two years ago whipping became a real big issues and people said we couldn't change the way we do things, complaining when tracks or states changed the rules? You know how this year horse rescue and retirement has become a big issue and the standardbred industry on the whole refuses to do anything?
Well, read this cautionary tale from the President of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors Association. Explaining how he actually voted to support a legislative amendment to toughen the penalties for soring and similar methods which have been used by the industry to get their horses to show that high step move. Even though he and his executive committee voted to support this amendment, the board of directors refused to endorse that vote, killing it before lunch on the same day. The reason why, "It's the way we always did it". What makes this a cautionary tale? As the TWHBEA President stated: “Sadly, we have no more friends outside our industry.
The Tennessee Walking Horse industry has become a pariah to the horse industry; no one wants to associate with them, wiping their hands clean of them.
What has happened to the Tennessee Walking Horse can happen to the standardbred; we just need to keep refusing to change to reflect modern sensibilities and keep on doing things the same way they have always been.
Saratoga Raceway and Casino have announced plans for a $30 million expansion with a total of zilch being spent to improve the racing side of the facility. Not that this surprises anyone but I bet you won't hear any horsemen complaining. Just keep sending that slot money in and they are happy.
Grand River Raceway is cutting their takeout rates significantly across the board.