Horse Industry News


New York Requiring Kentucky Health Papers

December 31, 2005

Dr. Anthony Verderosa, Chief Examining Veterinarian for the New York Racing Association (NYRA), conveyed to the Kentucky State Veterinarian by telephone earlier this afternoon (Dec. 31, 2005) that effective immediately, all horses shipping onto... Read More


Fires Force Horse Evacuations

December 22, 2005

Smoke rising from wildfires in Los Angeles County, Calif., provided an uneasy backdrop for rescue teams tending to animal evacuees housed at Pierce College, located just eight miles from the fires. The college housed up to 225 horses along with ... Read More


Dual Classic Winner Afleet Alex Retired

December 07, 2005

Cash is King Stable's Afleet Alex, winner of this year's Preakness and Belmont Stakes (both gr. I), has been retired. Trainer Tim Ritchey announced Thursday the son of Northern Afleet has been retired due to a recently detected injury believed t... Read More


Sixth Annual Purina Equine Veterinary Conference Attracts Veterinarians, Veterinary Students

November 28, 2005

With nearly 400 in attendance, this year's Equine Veterinary Conference was the largest and one of the most successful conferences ever hosted by Purina Mills, according to Purina Mills Horse Business Group officials. The conference took place... Read More


Coping in the Wake of Fair Hill Barn Fire

November 03, 2005

The sight is devastating. Charred posts and jagged pieces of tin are jutting into the air from the blackened remains of what was a 40-stall horse barn on the peaceful rolling hills of the Fair Hill Training Center.

Just to the left of on... Read More


Wisconsin Horse Dies in Hayride Incident

October 18, 2005

According to the Watertown Daily Times, a horse died in an accident at Ebert's Greenhouse Village in Ixonia, Wisc., on Sunday afternoon as a fall... Read More


Painter Richard Stone Reeves Dies at 85

October 17, 2005

Richard Stone Reeves, perhaps the greatest modern-day horse painter, died Oct. 7 at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, N.Y. He was 85.

Over the years, Reeves had been commissioned by top owners and breeders to paint portraits of... Read More


Kentucky Considered for 2010 World Games

October 14, 2005

The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. is one of three locations being considered to host the 2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG). The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI, the governing body for international equestrian sport), will announc... Read More


Two Horses Shot in Oregon; One Dies

October 10, 2005

"It's just the biggest heartbreak you can imagine," said Doris Mataya, owner of Laddie, a 14-month-old registered Paint colt and his pregnant dam, Lady. The two horses were shot multiple times in Mataya's pasture between midnight and 7 a.m. on... Read More


Filly's Burned Tail Amputated

September 07, 2005

Dixie, the spotted saddle horse who was set on fire on Aug. 19, had to have her tail amputated, said her owner, Vonda Hamilton, of Erwin, N.C.

Brian Garrett, DVM, had given Dixie a 60% chance of survival following the attack, but though... Read More


Fans Honor Slain Saddlebred

September 01, 2005

A crowd of about 300 people overflowed the Kentucky Horse Park's (KHP) Hall of Champions pavilion on July 10 in Lexington to honor Saddlebred champion Wild Eyed & Wicked following his burial at the park. Wicked was one of three Saddlebreds... Read More


Veterinarian Alexander Harthill Dead at 80

September 01, 2005

Alexander Harthill, DVM, a renowned Central Kentucky racehorse veterinarian known as "Derby Doc" to his colleagues, died July 16 at 80 years old.

Harthill died at Hospice and Palliative Care in Louisville, Ky., after complications from a... Read More


Horse in Australia Identified as Samood

August 24, 2005

The horse believed to have been Dubai Excellence when sold to stand at stud in Australia has been identified as Samood.

Michael Ford, keeper of the Australian Stud Book, confirmed that recent DNA test have confirmed the horse presently i... Read More


Online Auction to Benefit Grandson of Philadelphia Horse Trainer

August 23, 2005

An online auction will begin on Sept. 1 and run through Sept. 15 to benefit Jan Michael, grandson of Philadelphia-based racehorse trainer Don White. Jan Michael was born prematurely on Feb. 3 with extensive complications, including a cleft lip... Read More


Florida Stallion Tour d'Or Dead

August 11, 2005

Prominent Florida stallion Tour d'Or, one of the last major stallions stemming from Secretariat's male line, was euthanatized in late July after foundering. The 23-year-old Secretariat grandson by Canadian champion Medaille d'Or stood since the... Read More


Another "Seabiscuit" Equine Actor Retired

July 22, 2005

A Thoroughbred retirement organization has purchased one of the 10 horses that portrayed Seabiscuit in the 2003 film about the horse, says the Miami Herald in a July 21 article.

The Herald article quoted Michael Blowen,... Read More


Beijing 2008: Equestrian Events Moved to Hong Kong

July 20, 2005

Through negotiations held during the 117th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Singapore, the IOC, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) recently... Read More


Trailer Overturns; Six Horses Injured

July 19, 2005

A horse trailer overturned near Belpre, W.V., July18, amazingly leaving six horses with only minor cuts. The road was closed for more than an hour as the accident was cleaned up and the horses were caught.

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Wilson Named Kentucky's Top Racing Vet

July 18, 2005

Gary Wilson, DVM, a Winchester, Ky., veterinarian, has been named chief veterinarian for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA). Wilson, who has been a practicing veterinarian since 1977, has extensive experience in the field of equine... Read More


Horse Hit, Causes Traffic Snarl on California Freeway

July 18, 2005

A horse was hit by a car on San Dimas Avenue in San Dimas, Calif., on Saturday (June 16), before it ran onto the Foothill (210) Freeway. According to an online San Gabriel Valley Tribune report (Read More


Quarter Horse Peppy San Badger Dead at 31

July 15, 2005

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) learned on July 13 that one of the cutting horse industry's greatest sires, Peppy San Badger, was euthanatized on July 8, 2005, in his paddock at King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas. Sired by Mr San Pepp... Read More


Expansion of Critical Kentucky Lab About to Begin

July 14, 2005

The long-awaited expansion of the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, made possible through an $8.5-million appropriation from the Kentucky General Assembly this spring, is about to begin and could be completed in about... Read More


Roping Horse Lameness

June 30, 2005

A study from Texas A&M University (TAMU) on roping horses determined, "Horses used for heading were most commonly affected by lameness in the right forelimb. Horses used for heeling had more bilateral hind limb lameness than horses used... Read More


Study: Horse Industry Produces $102B in Spending

June 28, 2005

The horse industry in the United States contributes $39 billion in direct economic impact and generates about $102 billion in total spending, according to a detailed economic impact study released June 28.

The Economic Impact of the... Read More


National Economic Impact Study to be Released

June 24, 2005

The release of what is being called the most comprehensive study ever done on the horse industry in the United States will be released June 28 in Washington, D.C.

The study, called "The Economic Impact of the Horse Industry in the United... Read More