NTRA Releases 2021 Legislative Annual Report

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s 2021 Legislative Annual Report is now available and can be accessed on the association’s website by clicking here.

The report reviews the NTRA’s federal legislative activities as well as the fundraising initiatives that support those activities and includes:

  • A summary of the major legislative issues for Thoroughbred breeding and racing in the first half of the 2022/2023 Congress, including the latest on the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act; three-year depreciation of racehorses; immigration, sports betting, and COVID-related legislation;
  • A listing of 2021 contributors to the NTRA Legislative Action Campaign via the NTRA 1/4% Check-off Program;
  • Thoroughbred sales company calendars, including Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton Co., Ocala Breeders’ Sales, Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association, and California Thoroughbred Breeders Association;
  • NTRA federal legislative strategy;
  • NTRA fundraising programs; and
  • NTRA member discount information from partners John Deere, Big Ass Fans, Sherwin Williams, ODP, and Farmers Insurance.

“Thank you to all supporters of the NTRA’s federal advocacy efforts in 2021 through the NTRA’s Legislative Action Campaign (LAC) fundraising initiatives,” said Joe Bacigalupo, NTRA vice president of membership development. “It was a year marked by a return to a more normal racing and sales schedule, following the many disruptions of 2020. NTRA supporters responded to the resulting improved economics within the industry by contributing at a high level to the NTRA ¼% Check-off Program and related fundraising programs that support the NTRA’s federal legislative team. For the NTRA’s fiscal year ending on March 31, 2022, fundraising through the LAC improved by 31% versus the prior fiscal year. Widespread industry support like this is paramount to the team’s success.

“Last year also was a year of transition for the NTRA, as longtime CEO Alex Waldrop announced his retirement and former U.S. Congressman Tom Rooney was named as his successor. Changes of this magnitude are filled with great opportunities, including the addition of a permanent NTRA office in Washington, D.C.”

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