The Jockeys’ Guild Assembly met on December 9th in Las Vegas. One of the main topics, and rightfully so was they were not invited to be a member of the newly formed Thoroughbred Safety Coalition. This is despite the decisions and conclusions the coalition will come to affecting rider safety as much as the horses. Further, riders can have significant input into most all safety issues.
Terry Meyocks, the CEO of the Jockeys’ Guild said the organization includes nearly 1,250 riders and wasn’t invited to partner with the launch of the track-led Thoroughbred Safety Coalition announced last month interestingly enough in what seemed like a fast decision. Meyocks said the Guild would have liked to have been included as an initial member and would like to be included going forward.
The new rules regarding riding crops was also a popular topic. John Velazquez, was concerned the new rules were over stepping and could actually endanger horses and riders. He suggested educating people on the new crops, and how they do not hurt a horse and are used for corrective measures.
Marketing the sport and bringing in new fans by utilizing the jockeys was also discussed.