• Horse Racing Advisory Commission

    The Horse Racing Advisory Commission was created within the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to establish procedures governing the operation and promotion of horse racing in this state, and make recommendations to the legislature that would improve the regulatory structure of horse racing with a goal of maintaining its long‑term viability in Michigan.

    Statute

    The Commission is comprised of seven members appointed by the Governor. Members serve four-year terms subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

    Members
    Thomas Barrett, Novi
    Represents statewide horse racing associations
    Term ends: Oct. 31, 2020

    Mike Carlo, Northville
    Represents owners or operators of horse racetracks in this state
    Term ends: Oct. 31, 2020

    Nancy Frank, Haslett
    Designee of the Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
    Term ends: Oct. 31, 2020

    George Kutlenios, Holly
    Representing statewide horse racing associations
    Term ends: Oct. 31, 2020

    Frank Nickels, Haslett
    Represents veterinarians
    Term ends: Oct. 31, 2020

    Don Ryker, Ortonville - Chair
    Represents individuals who have knowledge about and expertise in horse racing in this state
    Term ends: Oct. 31, 2020

    Ladd Biro, Warren
    Represents owners or operators of horse racetracks in this state
    Term ends: Oct. 31, 2020