With the conclusion of the CTHS Yearling Sales this past weekend, OHRIA would like to express that it recognizes the devastation that is being caused to the breeding industry in Ontario due to the crisis that has been inflicted by government with the cancellation of the Slots at Racetracks Program.
OHRIA is aware of the legitimate concerns that, with the poor sales results and the lack of income for our breeders, the industry may be unable to bounce back if an immediate solution is not reached with our government. OHRIA is encouraged by the response sent by the OMAFRA panel as published by the CTHS and Standardbred Canada http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/notices/8-30-12/omafra-panel-responds-questions-about-oss-hip-programs.html
OHRIA once again is urging Minister McMeekin and Premier Dalton McGuinty to send out a statement, prior to the Standardbred Sales this weekend, that there will be an Ontario horse racing industry where buyers can run their horses.
OHRIA continues to work with the OMAFRA panel to create an industry plan which the panel feels they can confidently present to government that will provide immediate reassurance that there will be a viable horse racing industry in the future.
OHRIA is asking for the continued patience and support of the entire industry for the month of September while we determine the willingness of the Liberal Government to work with OHRIA and the OMAFRA panel to find a fair and sustainable solution.