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.
 
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.
 
 
Statute
 
Contact
Matthew C. Blinkilde
(517) 284-5719
 
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