Father and daughter, Alec and Criquette Head, hailing from a dynasty of internationally successful trainers of champions and classic winners for three generations, have joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance in support of horse racing medication reform in the United States.
Champion trainer, leading breeder and Classic-winning owner of Haras du Quesnay, Alec Head is joined by Criquette, Europe's leading female trainer to support WHOA's efforts in the U.S.
“In France we have one ruling body for racing, but the problem in the United States is that every state is its own body and therefore it makes it very difficult to make a decision across the board. To make decisions, you need one body. I've trained for many years without drugs. I don't see why you can't do the same in America, just like you used to do in the old days. I support the efforts of WHOA and the creation of the industry coalition. I hope they can succeed in getting USADA appointed to act as one independent body making one rule for racing in America. It will pay huge dividends both domestically and internationally.” – Alec Head
“I have been a trainer in France since 1977. In our country race day medication is completely banned and I have never felt the need to use any medication to train a horse. If we have a bleeder, we train the horse lightly and don't offer food on the day of the race. If a horse is sore, then we are patient and training takes longer. We don't hide or mask problems with drugs and as a result we have fewer horses breaking down on the track. When I take my horses to run in the USA I don't run them on medication, they don't need it. The ban on medication in Europe also helps to maintain a high standard in the breeding shed. When we breed our horses we know their natural talent.” – Criquette Head
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