How can Federal lobbying help make our industry more competitive?
Primarily by seeking tax legislation that benefits industry stake holder groups such as horse owners, breeders, racetracks, advance deposit wagering service providers and players but also by addressing select issues that directly impact the economics of racing, such as Internet wagering, immigration and matters that affect farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers.
How does the NTRA lobby on Capitol Hill?
NTRA retains the Washington - D.C. based Alpine Group to lobby on issues specific to pari-mutuel horse racing and breeding. The Alpine Group coordinates its efforts with the NTRA’s in-house legislative team and with the American Horse Council, a national association representing more than 160 equine breeds.
How is the Legislative Action Campaign funded?
The Legislative Action Campaign raises funds through three programs: the ¼% Sales Check-off, NTRA Foal Registration Program and Horseplayers’ Coalition membership. For the former, buyers, sellers and consignors may support the Campaign by pledging ¼ of one percent on the price of their horses sold at Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton, Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company, Barretts, Breeders’ Sales Company of Louisiana and the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association. Every $1,000 in a horse’s sale price equals $2.50 to the Campaign. Individuals who choose not to participate in auction sales may pledge contributions through the NTRA Foal Registration Program. Others may support the Campaign by joining the Horseplayers’ Coalition, a group whose objective is to seek legislative and regulatory solutions to tax and business issues that impact pari-mutuel racetracks and their customers.
How do I participate?
Sellers, consignors and designated agents may “pre-commit” their pledge on sales entry forms. Buyers, and sellers who miss the deadline for pre-commitments, can pledge until the close of the sale billing. Owners and breeders may contribute through the Foal Registration Program by regular mail. Horseplayers and other individuals may become members of the Horseplayers’ Coalition by joining the National Handicapping Championship (NHC) Tour, or by visiting www.HorseplayersCoalition.com.
Who is eligible to participate?
The Campaign’s supporting programs are open to participation by individuals, corporate entities (partnerships, farms, etc.), U.S. citizens and foreign nationals.
How Much Can I Contribute?
There is no limit on the amount that can be contributed.