The Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA), a grassroots movement of individuals who support the passage of federal legislation to prohibit the use of performance enhancing drugs on race day, is pleased to announce the launch of the organization's new website.
Founded in May of this year by Arthur and Staci Hancock, Gretchen and Roy Jackson, and George Strawbridge, Jr., WHOA was formed to give the growing number of concerned horsemen the ability to band together and speak as a group.
“The alliance was formed by a group of Thoroughbred owners who are tired of the drugs, both legal and illegal, given on race day,” explained Gretchen Jackson. “It is our goal to create a win-win situation for those who love the sport and the horses.”
“The website will allow interested parties to add their names to the WHOA membership roster, keep abreast of news, and join forces to support the legislation,” added Staci Hancock.
WHOA founders and supporters agree that the widespread use of race day medication in America is damaging the sport, that the industry has demonstrated that it cannot police itself, and that Federal legislation is currently the only viable solution. “By an amendment to the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978, national uniformity can be accomplished.” said Strawbridge.
“The time has come to accept the Federal government's offer to help us clean up our sport. We need to work with them, not against them, if we are serious,” said Arthur Hancock. “This is what the Water Hay Oats Alliance is all about…..working for clean racing and a better future for our horses, our jockeys, our sport and the next generation.”
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