HISA went into effect on July 1, 2022. So what is it, and how does it apply to you, your horses, and the racing industry? It’s important to know that we are always HISA compliant if you work with horseOlogy. But, here are the details about HISA that you might want to understand.
Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA)
HISA was signed into federal law in 2020 by Congress and overseen by the FTC. It’s responsible for drafting and enforcing uniform safety and integrity rules for Thoroughbred racing in the U.S. This is the first time a uniform set of rules has been established nationwide. Every thoroughbred racing participant, including owners and trainers, and tracks around the country must comply with HISA rules, which went into effect on July 1, 2022.
Anti-Doping and Medication Control (ADMC)
The second part of HISA is not going into effect until January 1, 2023. The ADMC program will develop centralized testing and results management. There will be uniform penalties for violations of the ADMC that will be consistently enforced throughout the U.S. A new independent agency, the Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit (HIWU), was established by Drug-Free Sport International to oversee testing, educate stakeholders, accredit testing facilities, and investigate potential violations. The HIWU will also prosecute any breaches of the new rules.
HISA has also established the Racetrack Safety Authority to create operational safety rules and track accreditation requirements. It’s believed that this will enhance the welfare of thoroughbreds and minimize jockey injury in the short term. There is also a longer-term plan involving data analysis to improve the rules over time.
The Clean and Fair Sport of Horseracing
By creating these rules and regulations, HISA believes that a clean and fair sport will be more popular. The racing industry will have more consistency, transparency, and efficiency. Professionals at all levels will be accountable for the safety and well-being of the horses in their care. Everyone who participates in racing, including trainers and owners, must follow a single set of safety and integrity rules, regardless of where in the U.S. they’re training or racing. Not only does HISA affect the ones who are in direct contact with the horses, but also has set a standard for the business and maintenance aspect of the racetracks. Requiring better business practices from the offices of the racetracks as well as testing and management of the racing surfaces, HISA is ensuring that there is accountability on all levels for the safety of the horse.
Trainers and Owners Must Register
All racing participants are required to register with HISA. Once trainers register with HISA, they must also register each horse in their care. If you are licensed by a state racing commission and are involved with “thoroughbred Covered horses or thoroughbred Covered Horseraces” or have access to restricted areas of a racetrack in the ordinary course of work, you are required to register.
horseOlogy Has You Covered
There is good news for anyone already working with Jena and Katie at horseOlogy. We are HISA compliant and following the necessary guidelines for the horses in our care.