MQHRA Annual Meeting
The MQHRA Annual Meeting was held on January 31st at Canterbury Park. The members enjoyed horse d’oeuvres and cocktails while the executive committee presented information on multiple topics. The PowerPoint presentation included a section on the numbers and how they are trending since 2006. Graphs laid out the peaks and valleys on membership and data from the MN Racing Commission showed the number of registrations, races, handle, and simulcast data. It also included a brief explanation of the revenue stream for the MN Breeders’ Fund.
Looking forward to the 2015 racing season, there are 110 QH races planned at Canterbury Park. Races planned are 81 Overnights, 16 trials and 13 stakes races. This number is up from the 97 races held in 2014. Projected purse increases are as follows: Trials at $7500 (which is a $2500 increase), Allowance level up $1000, Maiden Special Weights up $500 and all others up $250.
The special events that MQHRA sponsored and/or participated in were 4H Bootcamp, Backside Party, Youth Day at the Races, Leg Up for Jockey Day, Anne Von Rosen Fundraiser and Barrel Racing. Guest speaker Shawn Varpness from SC Productions, LLC talked about how he promotes off the track Quarter Horses at his barrel racing events. MQHRA sponsors three different side pots of money for just those horses. He showed a video of horses racing at Canterbury Park and then the same horse running barrels competitively. This video is shown on the big screen during live barrel events and online with many views. There was a lot of interest among our members on expanding this relationship to facilitate second careers for our race horses.
President & AQHA National Director Kelvin Childers discussed the Multiple Medication Violation System which is AQHA’s penalty system for Trainers, Owners and Horses. The MMVS is based on drug and penalty classifications from ARCI’s current edition of Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances. Penalties imposed through the MMVS restrict Trainers, Horses and Owners from all AQHA programs. Regarding clenbuterol, the AQHA Racing Council announced that beginning January 15, 2015 any horse that is part of a medication ruling with a clenbuterol overage based upon current, allowed threshold levels of the reporting jurisdiction, the horse, owner and trainer will be penalized immediately under the AQHA MMVS as that of a class 1 or 2 medication violation. The AQHA Racing Council and AQHA Executive Committee have established a task force that will develop the Association’s policies and procedures to totally ban the use of clenbuterol in AQHA races with a target date of no later than January 1, 2016.
Year End Award winners were announced and presented with a bottle of champagne. A more formal awards presentation will take place at the track during the racing season. A list of the award recipients can be found on the website under the Membership Awards tab.
Congratulations to new Board members Ralph Haglund and Jodi Wilking. In addition, Brian Koplen, Jim Murray and Jim Olson were re-elected for another term.
Thank you to Jan Pouliot for creating the table decorations and snacks for the meeting. Door prizes were awarded to twelve members as well. Photos of the meeting can be found on the Gallery tab of our website.