Recently, Quarter horse trainer John Stinebaugh was fined forty thousand dollars and suspended for sixteen years in New Mexico for findings of Viagra in samples taken from horses in his care last year. The New Mexico commission under the leadership of Executive Secretary Vince Mares has recently changed attitudes and procedures with regard to non permissive drugs found in horses racing in New Mexico and for this I applaud them. Suspensions of that nature will, without a doubt, cause severe restraint on those considering using illegal drugs in order to collect a purse or win a bet. Some (Trainers) will say that sixteen years is excessive for this particular case, however I submit that sanctions of this magnitude or stronger are necessary to achieve effectiveness in reducing these types of violations in todays culture. Having established this new standard, The stewards and commission in New Mexico must now be very cautious in future adjudications to make the punishment equal to the crime in a proper ratio to this new standard of sixteen years for these Viagra tests. In order to be supported by the courts on appeal they must demonstrate that their adjudications are not only tough, but also fair and consistent. Anyone care to keep a scorecard on medication violations in New Mexico during 2014 and thereafter? I see no reason why every jurisdiction in horse racing should not follow suit here as well as exercising their private property rights during periods of stay handed down by the courts.