Smith Named Executive Director of New Mexico Horsemen’s Association

by | 01.15.2014 | 8:23am

Eric Smith has been named Executive Director of the New Mexico Horsemen's Association (NMHA).

Smith is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) at the University of Arizona. In the racing industry, he has worked as a racing official at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races (Charles Town, WV), and Colonial Downs (New Kent, VA). Before moving to the racing office, he worked at Equibase Company (Lexington, KY). He also has political experience including campaign consulting for numerous statewide candidates and a presidential campaign, and has worked on Capitol Hill.

He will be responsible for elevating the level of communication between the association and its approximately 5,200 members, marketing, legislative initiatives, and fostering positive relationships between the association, the New Mexico Racing Commission and race track operators within the state.

“On behalf of myself and the New Mexico Horsemen's Board we are extremely excited to have Eric join our Association,” said NMHA President Joe Dee Brooks. “We believe with Eric's strong communication skills, his racing knowledge, and the experience he has in the legislative arena we will be able to build an extremely effective and proactive horsemen's association.”

“I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to work with a great organization like the NMHA and the outstanding owners and trainers we represent,” Smith said. “New Mexico has long been one of the premier states in the country for horse racing and I'm honored to be a part of that history as well as a part of horse racing's exciting future here. My family and I are excited to be returning to the American Southwest and we are looking forward to putting down roots in here in New Mexico.”

  • Ralph Kramer

    NMHA is a big step down from where he has been,but good luck to him.NM racing is corrupt from the top down.Heads should roll and a good place to start is Sunland parks head of security.I doubt this gentleman will have that much ,or any power to do any good.

    • kim gillette

      totally agree!

  • kim gillette

    sad, everyone Ive know to be president, has been fired when they try to fix NM. I agree with ralph below, needs some big time cleaning up

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