The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s (HISA) Board of Directors has appointed Patrick Reilly to serve as a new member of its Racetrack Safety Standing Committee, effective December 1, 2022. The appointment, following a recommendation from the HISA Nominating Committee led by Chair Dr. Nancy Cox, fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Dr. Peter Hester, who left the Racetrack Safety Standing Committee to join HISA’s staff as National Medical Director.
Reilly, appointed as an independent member, is Chief of Farrier Services at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Clinical Studies—New Bolton Center. He was previously the owner of Reilly Farrier Services and a Resident Farrier at the Rochester Equine Clinic in Rochester, New Hampshire. Reilly has co-authored works published in Equine Veterinary Journal and the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science and is a graduate of Midwest Farrier School; additionally, he recently obtained a degree in Equine Locomotor Research from the Royal Veterinary College of London.
“Patrick’s background and expertise as a farrier will be invaluable to our committee and will help us guide the implementation and evolution of HISA’s shoeing regulations and other Racetrack Safety rules moving forward,” said Dr. Susan Stover, Racetrack Safety Standing Committee Chair. “We are proud of the progress we’ve made across the industry in the initial months of the Racetrack Safety Program and look forward to working with Patrick to continue to improve upon the Program’s effectiveness to date.”
“I am very happy that HISA has considered a farrier for the Racetrack Safety Committee. Farriers play an important role in the welfare of horses and I am excited that HISA has included the farrier industry in supporting its mission,” said Reilly. “Our goal is to shoe horses as safely as possible and have the rules evenly enforced.”