Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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AVMA Relief Update: Missions Beginning

September 02, 2005

Mission assignments were falling into place last night when the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) sent its seventh disaster update in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As of 11:30 pm CDT yesterday (Sept. 1), here were the location... Read More

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Reaching the Equine Victims of Katrina Slowly, but Surely

September 02, 2005

Rescuers have begun to successfully access areas with horses trapped in flooded stalls and paddocks and the horses are being shipped out for veterinary medical attention. This afternoon The Horse received an update on rescued horses fro... Read More

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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

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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

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U.S. Department of the Interior Asks for Help with Mustangs and Burros

September 01, 2005

Editor's Note: The U.S. Department of the Interior sent this press release on July 28 requesting help with the increasing populations of mustangs and burros that are exceeding the carrying capacity of government acreage and holding... Read More

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Equine Hurricane Evacuation

September 01, 2005

Prepared by the AAEP Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Committee
 
Head for the hills! When hurricane winds blow along the Gulf and Eastern shores of the United States, horse owners must decide whether to "shelter in... Read More

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Animal Aid Worker on Katrina:

September 01, 2005

The macabre images flashing on our television screens don't even begin to capture the grief, the chaos, and the stench that is being experienced by individuals in several Gulf Coast states as a result of deadly Hurricane Katrina. Thousands of... Read More

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Horse Rescue Groups Mobilizing Hurricane Relief Effort

September 01, 2005

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, horse rescue groups are mobilizing to provide assistance to horses and livestock impacted by the devastating storm and are seeking financial support for the effort.

The National Horse Protection... Read More

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AVMA: Teams Ready to Assess Hurricane Damage

September 01, 2005

According to the latest Hurricane Katrina disaster update from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) at 9:00 pm CDT on Aug. 31, four Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT) were deployed and awaiting mission assignments for... Read More

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Damage on Louisiana Thoroughbred Farms Not as Bad as Expected

August 30, 2005

The damage of Hurricane Katrina on south Louisiana Thoroughbred farms wasn't as bad as originally feared, but it will take time to repair and replace fencing and barns, as well as remove debris and tree limbs.

"It's not as bad as I... Read More

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Days End Farm Horse Rescue Receives "Best in America" Seal of Approval

August 26, 2005

Independent Charities of America has awarded Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR, www.defhr.org) with the "Best In America" seal of approval for adhering to the highest standards of accountability... Read More

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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

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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

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Change in Kentucky Drug Rules Could Trigger Lawsuit

August 23, 2005

The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) could file a lawsuit to prevent implementation of a new race-day medication policy in the state.

Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher signed the more restrictive rules Aug... Read More

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Exceller Fund Provides New Avenue for Finger Lakes Horse Adoption

August 16, 2005

People in the New York area have a new place to look for Thoroughbreds that can be retrained as hunter/jumper, dressage and pleasure horses. The Exceller Fund now hosts free listings for trainers and owners of racehorses at and near the Finger... Read More

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California Trainers on Notice About Use of Anabolic Steroids

August 16, 2005

While steroid use by human athletes has caused a firestorm of controversy, trainers in California are being warned to avoid using anabolic steroids on their horses because of increased testing and uncertainty about withdrawal times. But the... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Approves New Medication Rules

August 15, 2005

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority voted unanimously Aug. 15 to implement stiff medication rules and penalties that closely parallel rules adopted by the national Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

The rules, which break down... Read More

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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

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TRF Saratoga Fundraiser Sets Record

August 10, 2005

With the horse racing industry clearly responding to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's (TRF) increased need to care for a rapidly increasing population of retirees, the charity raised $629,000 at its annual fund-raiser Monday night (Aug.... Read More

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Government Agencies and Private Adoption Group Team up for Mustang Event

August 08, 2005

In the second annual event sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, the USDA Forest Service, and the Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition (COWHC), nine mustangs gathered from eastern Oregon public lands will be offered for adoption on Sept. 18... Read More

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NYRA Makes Security Barn Adjustments

August 02, 2005

The New York Racing Association is "100% committed" to race day security barns, but has taken immediate action to address concerns expressed by horsemen at Saratoga Race Course, NYRA president Charles E. Hayward said July 29.

Hayward's... Read More

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USDA Horse Slaughter Inspectors Face Elimination

August 01, 2005

The House of Representatives passed the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill (H.R. 2744) on June 8. Included in the bill was amendment 236, which will end funding for horse slaughter plant inspectors during the 2006 federal fiscal year.

The... Read More

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C. Immitis Antibody Prevalence

August 01, 2005

Horses can get the potentially severe and fatal disease coccidioidomycosis from the fungus Coccidioides immitis, which grows in portions of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. However, researchers have discovered that just... Read More

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McCarron Chooses TRF Retirees for Racing Academy

August 01, 2005

Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron has entered into an agreement with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) to supply horses for the North American Racing Academy, a riding school McCarron will open later this year.
 
McCarron'... Read More

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Kentucky Senator Introduces Legislation to Promote Horse Industry

July 29, 2005

Equine Equity Act will provide tax relief for horse owners

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Thursday (July 28) designed to promote investment in the horse industry by removing provisions of federal law that favor... Read More