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Equine Drug Testing & Therapeutic Medication Regulation
2009 Policy of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association
by Thomas Tobin and Kent H. Stirling


Equine Drug Testing & Therapeutic Medication Regulation

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Equine Drug Testing & Therapeutic Medication Regulation.
ISBN 978-1-893239-12-8
Hardcover, $40.00.

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A reference book for horse owners, trainers and veterinarians.

The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (NHBPA) herein presents its Policy on Drug Testing and Therapeutic Medication Regulation for Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) Class 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 substances. This document defines the relevant terms and sets forth the regulatory need and scientific basis for policies which include 1.) zero tolerance for performance- altering substances in horses, 2.) thresholds or regulatory limits for therapeutic medications and endogenous or environmental substances, 3.) the need for scientifically established medication withdrawal-time guidelines, and 4.) national standards for administrative procedures, laboratory accreditation, the reporting of chemical identifications and their quantitative determination, and independent analysis and review. 

Also, compiled here are the currently available thresholds and withdrawal-time guidelines as set forth by racing authorities.

The Authors:

Thomas Tobin
is a Professor of Veterinary Science in the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center and also a Professor in the Graduate Center for Toxicology at the University of Kentucky. Since 1975 his major professional focus has been on equine drug testing and equine medication regulation.  In addition to his many publications in scientific journals, in 1981 he authored Drugs and the Performance Horse, the standard text in this area. His professional vitae can be viewed at www.ThomasTobin.com.  In 1994 he organized an international workshop on “Testing for Therapeutic Medications, Environmental and Dietary Substances in Racing Horses.” Among the workshop attendees was Kent H. Stirling.

Kent H. Stirling is Executive Director of the Florida HBPA and Chairman of the National HBPA Medication Committee. Stirling started in the horse business at age sixteen. In 1975 he took out his trainer's license, then trained horses for the next twenty years. In 1989 he became vice president of the Florida HBPA, and president in 1992. In 1994 he attended the above workshop on therapeutic medication regulation at the University of Kentucky . Since 1995 Stirling has been executive director of the Florida HBPA where he has single-handedly made Florida a world leader in the area of equine medication regulation.