07/09/2009 11:00PM

Alberta racing chief leaving post


Dr. David C. Reid, chief executive officer of Horse Racing Alberta, the province's governing body for the sport, is retiring effective July 15.

Reid has been with Horse Racing Alberta for six years and he became the CEO in 2008.

Reid's accomplishments include establishment of a 10-year industry agreement with the province and development of innovative animal welfare and human resources programs, according to a release from the organization.

Shirley McClellan, the chair of Horse Racing Alberta, said of Reid, "His contributions to the growth of our industry have been far-reaching."

Reid previously served as director and vice president of the Alberta division of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

Reid has been a strong supporter of the proposed, but currently stalled, one-mile track in the town of Balzac. He is the second high-level Alberta racing administrator to resign within a week. Les Butler resigned as vice president of racing and gaming at Northlands Park on Wednesday.