(By authority conferred on the director of the department of agriculture by sections 9  
and 178 of 1965 P.A. 279, MCL 16.109 and 16.278 and section 13 of 1995 P.A. 327,  
MCL 431.73)  
R 285.817.1 Definitions.  
Rule 1. As used in these rules:  
(a) "Breeder" means an individual, partnership, association, or corporation who  
is domiciled in the state of Michigan and who owns the mare at the time of breeding.  
The lawful lessee of a mare at the time of breeding is deemed the owner of the  
(b) "Conditions" means a specification of the terms under which a race is conducted  
such as the distance, weight, purse, stakes, trials, finals, and money won.  
(c) "Department" means the Michigan department of agriculture.  
(d) "Director" means the director of the department or his or her designee.  
(e) "Domicile" means the fixed, permanent and principal home to which a breeder  
intends to return.  
(f) "Fairs exhibitions and racing division" means the fairs, exhibitions and racing  
division of the department.  
(g) "First-time owner or breeder" is an individual, partnership, association, or  
corporation that has never registered as an owner or a breeder with the department.  
Any partnership, association, or corporation of which any part of the ownership has  
registered as an owner or a breeder with the department is not eligible as a first-time  
(h) "Foaling year" means the calendar year in which the foal is born.  
(i) "Gross purse" means the total value of the track purse.  
(j) "Licensed quarter horse racing association" means associations licensed by the  
Michigan racing commissioner to conduct quarter horse races in Michigan.  
(k) "Michigan-bred quarter horse" means a horse which is from a mare owned  
exclusively by an individual, partnership, association, or corporation who is domiciled in  
Michigan at the time of breeding and:  
(i) the horse has an American quarter  
certificate of foal stating "foaled in Michigan" USA;  
association, incorporated,  
(ii)the mare is registered with the director by February 15 of the foaling year;  
(iii)the mare is in Michigan on or before February 15 of the foaling year, and  
(iv)the mare remains in this state until foaling and for not less than seven consecutive  
months of the foaling year.  
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(l) "Owner" means the individual, partnership, association, or corporation listed  
on the American quarter horse association registry as the most current owner or lawful  
lessee of the horse.  
(m) "Quarter horse racing association of Michigan" means a nonprofit  
corporation, or a subcommittee thereof or  
affiliation committee or sub-  
committee thereof, consisting of those persons organized for the purpose of improving  
quarter horse racing and breeding.  
(n) "State supplement" means money allocated by the director from state funding  
for a race conducted exclusively for Michigan-bred horses.  
(o) "Track purse" means the money offered by a licensed quarter horse racing  
association for 1 race, not including a state supplement.  
History: 1979 AC; 1982 AACS; 2004 AACS.  
R 285.8171a Determination of domicile.  
Rule 1a. Factors to be considered in determining domicile are as follows:  
(a) Voting registration or alien registration showing a Michigan address.  
(b) Federal income tax return showing a Michigan address.  
(c) State income tax return showing a Michigan address.  
History: 1982 AACS; 2004 AACS.  
R 285.817.2 Eligibility of horses for breeders' awards, owners' awards, and state  
Rule 2. (1) To be eligible for breeders' awards owners'  
and state  
(a) the horse must be a certified Michigan-bred American quarter horse;  
(b) the mare and stallion shall be registered, with the department on forms provided  
by the director, once per ownership, when the ownership is transferred with the  
American quarter horse association;  
(c) A certificate of eligibility shall be issued by the director for a Michigan-bred  
horse after proper registration of the mare and  
receives completed foal application.  
stallion and after the department  
This certificate shall accompany the  
American quarter horse association registration certificate at the time of entry in a  
(2) If a breeder has complied with all other rules, then the director may waive the  
date requirements of subrule 1 (b) of this rule for the first time a breeder registers with  
the department.  
History: 1979 AC; 1982 AACS; 1991 AACS; 2004 AACS.  
R 285.817.3 Eligibility of races for state supplements.  
Rule 3. (1) State supplements shall be allocated for the following races:  
(a) Michigan-bred quarter horse overnight races.  
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(b) The Michigan futurities.  
(c) Michigan-bred 2-year-old championships, handicaps, and stakes.  
(d) Michigan-bred 3-year-old handicaps and stakes.  
(e) Michigan-bred 4-year-old and older handicaps and stakes.  
(2) State supplements shall be paid first for races specified under subdivisions  
(b) to (e) of this rule. If funds are not available to provide state supplements for all  
races approved by the director under subrule (1) of this rule, then the director shall  
prorate available money at his or her discretion among the races so run, based on the  
number of horse entries, conditions, and value of the total purse.  
(3) Not less than 2 races of Michigan-bred horses shall be scheduled on each full  
quarter horse program, with at least 1 race of Michigan-bred horses on any split  
(4) An association licensed to conduct quarter horse racing in Michigan shall not  
offer a smaller track purse, excluding the state supplement, for a race of Michigan-bred  
horses, than it offers for  
race of non-Michigan-bred horses which, in the  
judgment of the director, is a comparable race.  
(5) If the programmed race of Michigan-bred horses does not draw sufficient  
entries to run, the licensed quarter horse racing association may substitute a race  
approved by the director.  
History: 1979 AC; 2004 AACS.  
R 285.817.4 Conditions and purses for races; allocation of state supplements.  
Rule 4. (1) The racing association of the track where races of Michigan-bred  
horses are to be conducted shall propose conditions and purses for the races of  
Michigan-bred horses. The conditions of all races of Michigan-bred horses are  
subject to the approval of the director. These conditions shall be submitted to the  
director not less than 18 calendar days before the first race is conducted for each race  
(2) The allocation of state supplements shall be determined by the director or his  
or her designee with the advice of the racing commissioner, a representative of  
the licensed quarter horse racing associations, and a representative of the quarter  
horse racing association of Michigan.  
(3) The director shall announce, no later than 14 calendar days before the start of the  
race meet, allocation of state supplements to purses for each of the approved races of  
Michigan-bred horses in the race program. If proposed conditions for those races are  
not submitted to the director, along with a substitute race list, within the time fixed by  
subrule (1), the director may determine conditions and allocate state supplements for  
those races at his or her discretion, but state supplements shall not be allocated later than  
96 hours before the first race scheduled in each condition  
book. A state supplement shall not be allocated to a race of Michigan-bred horses after  
the race has been run.  
History: 1979 AC; 2004 AACS.  
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R 285.817.5 Breeders' Awards.  
Rule 5. (1) The director or his or her designee shall pay a breeders' award, to the  
breeder of a Michigan-bred horse for each time the horse runs first, second, or third in a  
race, including approved fair races.  
The combined total award of the gross purse  
shall not exceed the percentage allowed under the racing law. If more than 1 winner,  
place, or show is declared, each breeder is entitled to a breeders' award.  
(2) If 3 breeders are eligible for a breeders' award, breeder awards may be paid as  
outlined under the racing law.  
(3) Rights to breeders' awards are not assignable or inheritable. The director is  
under no obligation to pay a breeders' award in excess of available funds or other than  
as provided in these rules. In the case  
of a death of a breeder, breeders' awards shall only be paid for a race won prior to the  
date of death recorded on the breeders' certified death certificate. Such certificate  
shall be submitted to the department when requesting payment of breeders' awards after  
the death of a breeder.  
(4) If monies are not available for full payment of breeders' awards breeders'  
awards may be prorated.  
History: 1979 AC; 1982 AACS; 2004 AACS.  
R 285.817.5a Owners' Awards  
Rule 5a. (1) An award of up to 30% of the earned track purse shall be paid to the purse  
account of the owner of a Michigan-bred horse that finishes first, second, or third in an  
eligible race that was not restricted to Michigan-bred or sired horses at a state-  
licensed pari-mutuel track in Michigan.  
(2) The director, with advice from the certified quarter horse association, the  
quarter horse racing association of Michigan, and the quarter horse breeders' and  
owners' association, shall determine the allocation of owners' award percentages.  
(3) A single owners' award is limited to not more than $10,000.  
History: 2004 AACS.  
R 285.817.6 Certification of racing results; burden of proof; processing of  
Rule 6. (1) In each condition book, the racing commissioner shall certify to the director  
at the completion of racing, the results of all races in which a Michigan-bred horse  
placed first, second, or third along with the names of the owner and breeder of the  
(2) The secretary of a fair shall provide the director with a copy of each day's race  
program for the fair's races within 15 days, showing the first 4 places or a complete  
filmstrip of each race, with placings checked on the program and certified by the race  
(3) When the eligibility of a breeder to receive a breeders' award is questioned, the  
burden of proving that a horse is a Michigan-bred horse, or is in compliance with these  
rules, is on the breeder.  
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(4) When the eligibility of an owner to receive an owners' award is questioned,  
the burden of proving that a horse is a Michigan-bred horse, or is in compliance with  
these rules, is on the owner.  
(5) When the eligibility of an owner to receive a state supplement is questioned,  
the burden of proving that a horse is a Michigan-bred horse, or is in compliance with  
these rules, is on the owner.  
(6) Payment of breeders' awards shall be processed once each month.  
(7) Payment of owners' awards shall be processed not less than once each month.  
(8) Payment of state supplements shall be processed not less than once each month.  
History: 1979 AC; 2004 AACS.  
R 285.817.7 Ineligibility for future breeders' awards owners' awards, and state  
Rule 7. A person or entity willfully accepting and retaining a breeders' award,  
owners' award, or state supplement contrary to these rules is ineligible for a future  
breeders' award, owners' award, or state supplement in this state.  
History: 1979 AC; 2004 AACS.  
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