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Author Topic: U.S.T.A post Brennan not sears comments on proposed whipping rule  (Read 632 times)
American Freedom
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« on: January 26, 2009, 10:52:54 PM »

Leading Meadowlands driver George Brennan, a career winner of more than 5,400 races and $83 million in purses, submitted these comments regarding an upcoming USTA rule change proposal on whipping. The rule change proposal, which will be considered by the USTA board of directors at its annual meeting Feb. 3-6, follows his comments.

Fellow Horsemen:

The USTA Whipping Rule, is currently being promoted by a relatively few individuals who do not earn their living driving or training horses. The new rule is a perfect example of a solution in search of a problem. The existing rules, properly enforced, more than adequately address any and all concerns for the horse’s safety and humane treatment.

 
 George Brennan
 
Harness racing would not exist but for gambling, and every owner and patron expects the maximum effort from every horse they enter and every driver that drives. Restricting use of the whip, in my opinion, would compromise the driver’s ability to get “maximum performance” from his horse, and ultimately hurt the sport financially. Owners, trainers, drivers and the betting public will, again and again, complain of horses and drivers “not trying to win,” thus tarnishing the reputation of our sport.

Pompano Park adopted a “no whipping” rule in late 2008, and track handle has not increased. In fact, no whipping, along with the economy in general, may well be one of the causes of this year’s Pompano harness meet shutdown in May rather than months later. A summer harness meet will give way to a Quarter Horse meet, where jockeys will use crops throughout the race, getting maximum effort from their mounts!

I am adamantly opposed to any form of the abuse of horses, including excessive or illegal whipping. I feel strongly that the responsibility to prevent and curtail abusive whipping lies squarely with the judges, who must enforce the existing rules with heavy fines and suspensions for violations whenever necessary.

This is a rewritten rule that has been, for the most part, promoted by individuals who have never driven a horse, and perhaps never owned or even jogged a horse. For the drivers, trainers, and owners who depend on this sport for their livelihood, I sincerely hope you will join me in opposition to this potentially harmful rule.

Thank you,

George Brennan

USTA RULE CHANGE PROPOSAL #7

A proposal to amend Rule 18, Section (9) relative to whip and whipping by changing the wording in the first two paragraphs to read as follows:

“Drivers will be allowed whips not to exceed 4 feet. The use of snappers is not permitted. Drivers must keep a line in each handhold at all times during the race and have control of their horse at all times during the race.

Provided further that the following actions shall be considered indiscriminate use of the whip:

(a)  Any blatant or exaggerated movements of the whipping arm which may result from raising the elbow above the driver’s shoulder height and/or allowing the hand holding the whip to reach behind the driver during the use of the whip.
binoculars The use of the whip other than the area inside and above the level of the shafts of the sulky and between the sulky shafts.
(c) Causing visible injury to the horse.
(d) Whipping a horse after the finish of the race.
(e) Whipping under the arch or shafts of the sulky or use of the whip as a goading device or placing the whip between the legs of the horse.
(f) The horse does not appear to be advancing through the field of horses.
(g) The use of a whip in matinee races, qualifying races, exhibition races and county fair racing unless permitted by the racing commission.

Source: USTA Staff
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American Freedom
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2009, 10:54:07 PM »

And to think Geroge was kicked out of Monticello LOL
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noc
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2009, 11:26:07 PM »

And to think Geroge was kicked out of Monticello LOL
for being too good....
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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2009, 12:12:12 AM »

He was also tossed out of NJ for a while a few years back.  Landed at the Meadows & now shares misery stories with Brian Sears of life at a Dave Palone-controlled track.
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M1
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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2009, 12:27:35 AM »

Once again we get a thread about something that was already being talked about  Roll Eyes
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American Freedom
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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2009, 11:22:51 AM »

Once again we get a thread about something that was already being talked about  Roll Eyes
No post on topic? tisk tisk LOL
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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2009, 12:05:19 PM »

No post on topic? tisk tisk LOL


 screwy screwy screwy screwy screwy screwy
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M1
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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2009, 12:07:14 PM »

No post on topic? tisk tisk LOL
I, unlike you don't need the attention and need to post the same thing in 5 different threads!!!.

Go cry to Dan somemore and maybe they will let you back!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2009, 02:58:45 PM »

I agree completely with the overture to which Georgie was speaking. To let someone or group decide a basic use of the whip is inherently cruel to the animal just doesn't get it. No one should ever want to abuse any animal, in any way, and he is certainly right about simply enforcing the rules as written.
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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2009, 09:12:21 PM »

Mo used to, perception is reality.  If our patrons think that  whipping  horses is cruel, then whipping horses is cruel.  You can't overcome the perception. If we are going to survive, we need every patron who has $2.00 to perceive us as being good guys and our sport to be fun. No one is going to quit betting because we don't hit the horses hard enough or often enough.  Many will not come if we beat those "beautiful animals".
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