Racing commission members come from various backgrounds

Charles D. Brunt

There will be four new faces on the five-member New Mexico Racing Commission when the governor-appointed body convenes for its regular meeting here today.

Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Jerald Glenn Closper of Los Lunas, Gayla McCulloch of Farmington, Rob Doughty III of Albuquerque, and Beverly Bourguet of Albuquerque to the panel, which regulates the state’s pari-mutuel horse racing industry.

Roswell horse breeder Ray Willis is the only commissioner being retained. Leaving the board are Arnold Rael of Rio Rancho, Thomas “Eddie” Fowler of Ruidoso and Larry Delgado of Santa Fe. Chairwoman Marty Cope of Hobbs resigned in January.

Veterinarian Jerald Glenn Cosper , owner of Arrow Animal Hospital in Los Lunas, is a former associate veterinarian at Village Veterinary Hospital in Bosque Farms. He also worked at Ruidoso Downs assisting in medication administration. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in animal science at New Mexico State University, Cosper graduated from Colorado State University’s veterinary school.

McCulloch has extensive experience with horses and the racing industry, and is affiliated with the family-owned Drake Running Horse Ranch and McCulloch Ranch. She is a director of the American Quarter Horse Association and a past president of the New Mexico Quarter Horse Association. McCulloch, who is on the Farmington City Council, earned a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing at New Mexico State University.

Doughty is a practicing attorney and a shareholder with Doughty & West, P.A. He has specialized in personal injury cases as well as insurance defense. Doughty earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University and his law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Bourguet is a race horse owner and director of the Northern New Mexico chapter of the United States Tennis Association. She has pioneered youth tennis programs in Albuquerque and runs a nationally recognized program for at-risk youth in Barelas. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New Mexico State University.

Willis, a racehorse owner and breeder since 1981, has served on the Racing Commission since 2006. He has been a trustee of the New Mexico Horse Breeder’s Association and the Horseman’s Committee at Ruidoso Downs. Willis owns and operates a horse farm in Roswell and is also the president of Hanson Operating Company.

The appointments were announced by the governor’s office Wednesday.