Pettapiece issued his open letter late Tuesday seeking clarification regarding funding support programs for Standardbred breeders. On behalf of the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association, Pettapiece questioned whether there is an enhanced breeders program for Standardbred breeders like those already finalized with the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society and the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc. or whether Standardbred breeders have been excluded due to a pending lawsuit.
“Standardbred breeders enjoy the support of government through the Partnership Plan including HIP funding,” said Snobelen when reached for comment by Trot Insider on Wednesday afternoon. “We are making every effort to not interfere with the judicial process. The next phase of the partnership plan includes industry self-governance including governance of breeder support programs.”