Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Some Walking Horse Groups Proposing HPA Enforcement Changes

December 12, 2006

After facing public criticism this year about the treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses, some industry leaders have proposed harsher penalties for those caught abusing horses for personal gain.

"We want to see the horse be presented where... Read More

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Animal Welfare Project Seeking Volunteers

December 12, 2006

The Animal Welfare Project is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in Valley Forge, Pa. Made up of professional animal trainers, its main mission is to create a training center for homeless horses and dogs.

After professional... Read More

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Horse.com Donating Blankets to Mounted Police and Rescue Organizations

December 12, 2006

In the spirit of the holidays, Horse.com (sister company of 1800petsupplies.com) is donating horse blankets and heated water buckets to mounted police units and horse rescue organizations nationwide that are in need of help as winter ushers... Read More

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New Site Matches Donated Horses with Potential Adopters

December 12, 2006

Searching for the right horse or trying to find the perfect home for one?

Illinois horsewoman Meggan Hill-McQueeney has started a new company, All Heart Inc., and is launching an extraordinary concept called DonateMyHorse.com--the web site... Read More

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Man Sentenced for Hit and Run of Woman and Horse

December 12, 2006

A Blossburg, Pa., man has been sentenced to one to three years in prison for striking and killing a woman and horse and leaving the scene of the accident, the Read More

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KER Launches New Division for Horses with Special Dietary Needs

December 11, 2006

Kentucky Equine Research (KER) has established a new division called KERx Special Needs Nutrition. KERx is designed to combine the individual strengths of veterinarians and nutritionists to optimize wellness in all horses. Partnering... Read More

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Illinois Extension Launches Ag Safety Site

December 11, 2006

A new website that seeks to provide research-based information and resources to assist individuals and organizations with agricultural safety issues has been launched by University of Illinois Extension.

The new site is Agricultural Safety... Read More

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Skeleton of "Alien Mutilation" Horse at Center of Custody Battle

December 11, 2006

Everyone in Alamosa, Colo., suddenly wants Snippy, reports The Denver Post.

The skeleton of Snippy, an Appaloosa mare that was the first animal reported to be... Read More

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NRHyA Raises $60,000 at Futurity

December 11, 2006

During the past year the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) has celebrated the "Year of the Youth." The year long campaign dedicated to building and growing the NRHA's Youth membership was most evident at the 2006 NRHA Futurit... Read More

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New Director of Designated Qualified Persons and Animal Welfare Named

December 10, 2006

The National Walking Horse Association (NWHA) announced Dec. 8  Dr. Martha M. Day as the new Director of Designated Qualified Persons (DPQ) and Animal Welfare.

The NWHA board is convinced that Day will continue to... Read More

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Number of Calif. Horses Failing Drug Tests Doubled Since 2000

December 10, 2006

The number of horses that have failed drug tests in California have doubled since 2000 and the offenses rarely result in disqualification or other stiff penalties, the Orange County Register reported Sunday.

While failed drug tests... Read More

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HEART Equine Ambulance Hosting Hoedown to Raise Funds

December 10, 2006

The Humane Equine Aid and Rapid Transport (HEART) Equine Ambulance is a very personal cause for many of the top equestrians. There will be a fun packed, heel-stomping hoedown held at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in the Special Events Pavilion... Read More

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New Administrator Named for USEF Drugs and Medications Program

December 09, 2006

The USEF has announced that Dr. Stephen Schumacher of Columbus, Ohio has been selected to become the Chief Administrator of Testing Programs for the USEF Drugs and Medications Program.

Schumacher received his B.S degree from The... Read More

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AQHA Cutting, Reining to be Featured on NBC

December 09, 2006

American Quarter Horses will take center stage Sunday, Jan. 7, on NBC Sports Television at 1:30 p.m. Eastern/10:30 a.m. Pacific for the America's Horse Championships presented by Ford Trucks. The one-hour special is based at a portion of the... Read More

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Appeals Court Upholds Pletcher Suspension

December 08, 2006

A New York state appeals court has upheld the 45-day suspension and $3,000 fine against leading trainer Todd Pletcher after one of his horses was found with a banned substance following a 2004 race at Saratoga.

The Appellate Division of the... Read More

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New Lexington Park to Honor Black Horsemen

December 08, 2006

A new park designed to commemorate northeast Lexington's role in the history of thoroughbred racing is in the planning stages, with proponents saying it will help the city and blacks reclaim their places in racing history.

The park will be... Read More

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ASPCA Exhibit on Display at Empire State Building

December 08, 2006

The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has coordinated a historical exhibit at the Empire State Building to run through the end of the holiday season.

The five exhibit windows feature different aspects in the... Read More

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Mo. Public Park to Offer Lessons on Environmentally-Friendly Horsekeeping

December 08, 2006

Workers are busy turning land that once housed a private horse farm into a public park that will feature horses, while also trying to teach environmental lessons to visitors.

The Springfield, Mo., Parks and Recreation Department's Equine... Read More

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Officials Defend Decision to Continue After Rider Death at Asian Games

December 08, 2006

While the brother of a South Korean rider killed in an eventing accident arrived in Qatar on Friday to collect the body, equestrian officials defended their decision to continue running the cross-country competition after the man died in... Read More

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Underweight Horses Removed from N.H. Farm

December 08, 2006

Animal safety workers removed five "significantly underweight" horses from a property in Rye, N.H., where the owner had been convicted of cruelty to animals in 1999.

One of the horses required serious medical attention and is at a local... Read More

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Zebras at Virginia Zoo Die in Accidents

December 08, 2006

A young zebra at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, Va., has died in a freak accident following a rabies shot.

Zoo spokeswoman Alison Swank says zookeepers administered the shot with a blow dart gun, but the zebra bolted, struck a fence and fell... Read More

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Regulation of Steroids to be Recommended

December 07, 2006

Members of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) are expected to recommend regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses, but the timetable for the regulations remains up in the air.

RMTC officials earlier in the year said... Read More

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South Korean Rider Dies After Equestrian Fall at Doha; First Death at an Asian Games

December 07, 2006

South Korean eventer Kim Hyung-chil was crushed by his horse after missing a jump on a muddy equestrian course at the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, on Thursday (Dec. 7), raising concern over how organizers managed the event.

It was the... Read More

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Norman Gets Six-Month Suspension in Louisiana

December 07, 2006

Trainer Cole Norman was suspended for six months and fined $1,000 by the Delta Downs stewards after two horses he saddled in the Jean Lafitte Stakes Nov. 3 at Delta Downs tested in excess of the permitted levels of total carbon dioxide (TCO2). H... Read More

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APHA Incentive Programs Offer Big Paybacks for Talented American Paint Horses in 2007

December 07, 2006

Beginning Jan. 1, 2007, the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) will introduce exciting changes to its Gelding Plus and Paint Preferred incentive programs. Offering a potential $193,000 in added money through the programs, APHA gives owners... Read More