Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Champion, Stakes Producer Epitome Dead at Age 19

November 15, 2004

Epitome, who staged a stirring stretch drive to win the 1987 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) by a nose, has died at age 19. The mare died Nov. 12 after suffering a ruptured artery. She was boarded at John and Benny Williams' Elmwood Farm... Read More

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Clenbuterol Appeals Denied, Suspensions Upheld

November 11, 2004

Harry Thompson Jr., the leading trainer at Penn National Race Course eight of the past 10 years, has been suspended for 315 days and fined $5,250 for positive tests of clenbuterol in 2002.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., reported... Read More

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Planning and Preparing for the Big Adventure

November 10, 2004

Once you have committed to a pack trip, the preparation begins, even though it might be a year away. First of all, you must decide where you are going and obtain all possible information about the area.

A letter or phone call to the... Read More

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Whip Use and Risk for Racing Falls

November 02, 2004

A study conducted by scientists at the University of Liverpool in England found that the risk of falling in hurdle and steeplechase races was significantly associated with whip use and a horse's progress while competing. The results of the work... Read More

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Hurricanes Smash the Southeast--Horses Relatively Unaffected

November 01, 2004

Hurrricane preparation, toleration, and clean-up--take four. Horse owners and veterinarians in Florida weathered Category 3 Hurricane Jeanne beginning late on Sept. 25, their fourth natural disaster in six weeks. Veterinarians and animal rescue... Read More

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Revising Equine Nutrient Requirements

October 27, 2004

At the 2004 Kentucky Equine Nutrition Conference for Feed Manufacturers, held Oct. 18-19 in Lexington, Ky., there was a strong focus on the upcoming revision of the National Research Council's (NRC) publication Nutrient Requirements of... Read More

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Louisiana Targets Blood-Doping,

October 27, 2004

The Louisiana State Racing Commission medication committee has asked the full commission to ban the use and possession of the blood-doping substances erythropoietin (EPO) and darbepoietin, as well as consider measures aimed at random... Read More

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Rugged Lark Euthanatized

October 27, 2004

Rugged Lark, dubbed "America's Beloved Super Horse," was euthanatized after he colicked on Oct. 25. The 23-year-old Quarter Horse stallion was the winner of the coveted Super Horse title the American Quarter Horse Association World Sho... Read More

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Positive Drug Tests at 2004 Olympics

October 25, 2004

Four horses that competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, have tested positive for banned substances, including a gold medal winner. The four positive horses are showjumping gold medal winner Waterford Crystal, ridden by Cian... Read More

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Equine Disease: Second Quarter 2004

October 25, 2004

The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks in the second quarter of 2004:

Abortions caused by equine herpes virus (EHV-1) among vaccinated mares were diagnosed on a... Read More

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Top Veterinarian William O. Reed Dies

October 25, 2004

William O. Reed, DVM, died Oct. 23 at Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. He was 83 years old.

Internationally regarded as one of the finest equine practitioners of his time, Reed is perhaps most remembered for his surgery on the... Read More

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Kentucky Panel Adopts Policy on Horse Identification

October 19, 2004

Horses racing in Kentucky will now be identified the morning of their respective races and before leaving the paddock following a directive from Jim Gallagher, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA).

Gallagher,... Read More

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Man Held in Indiana Horse Stabbings

October 18, 2004

According to an Indianapolis newspaper and television station, four horses were stabbed in their Zionsville paddock late on Oct. 5 or very early on Oct. 6. One of the horses was killed in the attacks. The horses were found by their owner,... Read More

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Circus Horse's Death Not Due to Abuse

October 18, 2004

The Grand Rapids Press reported recently that the Sept. 28 death of a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus horse will not be investigated by local animal control officers.

The 14-year-old palomino gelding collapsed and... Read More

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Morris Animal Foundation: $600,000 for Equine Health Studies in 2005

October 15, 2004

The race is on toward better equine health. Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) has committed nearly $600,000 toward 14 new and continuing veterinary studies for horses in 2005. Foundation-funded scientists at universities throughout the United... Read More

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Wild Again Pensioned at Three Chimneys

October 15, 2004

Syndicate manager Robert Clay announced Oct. 13 that Three Chimneys Thoroughbred stallion Wild Again is being retired due to declining fertility. "Wild Again has been a distinguished member of our stallion roster for the last 13 years," Clay... Read More

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Gold Medal Horse Tests Positive for Drugs

October 11, 2004

Four horses that competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece--including one gold medalist--have tested positive for banned substances. The four positive horses are Irish show jumping gold medal winner Waterford Crystal, ridden by Cian... Read More

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Benefit for Hurricane Victims Features John Lyons

October 11, 2004

John Lyons will demonstrate horse training techniques on Thursday, Oct. 14, in a benefit for hurricane victims from 7-9 p.m. at Loheac's Rolling Hills Show Stable on Rte. 9 in Tryon, N.C.

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USEF Statement Regarding Positive Drug Tests at the 2004 Olympic Games

October 08, 2004

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body for equestrian sport, announced that four horses tested positive during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. None of the four horses represented the... Read More

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Three Horses Killed in U.K. Barn Fire

October 08, 2004

According to an online BBC report, three horses were trapped and killed in a West Yorkshire barn fire that is being investigated as suspicious.

"The blaze destroyed an entire stable block at Beckside Stables in Lee Lane, Cottingley, on... Read More

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Invitations for National Economic Impact Study Distributed

October 04, 2004

The American Horse Council (AHC) reports that approximately 160,000 postcard invitations have been distributed asking people to participate in the national economic impact study of the horse industry. Those selected should receive the invitation... Read More

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NAERIC Foals Arrive at Ryerss for Sixth Annual Foal Adoption

October 04, 2004

The arrival of the North American Equine Ranching Information Council (NAERIC) foals at Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines for this year's Sixth Annual Foal Adoption Program has been nothing less than energizing for the staff at Ryerss and the nearly... Read More

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EPO Testing Making a Difference at the Track

October 04, 2004

One of the most potentially damaging drugs to hit the racetrack in recent years is erythropoietin, or EPO. A synthetic version of a naturally-occurring hormone which stimulates the bone marrow to make more red blood cells, EPO was designed to... Read More

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BET Pharm Kentucky Raided by FDA; Drugs Seized

October 01, 2004

At the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky issued a seizure warrant on Aug. 11 for what it called various illegally compounded drug products for use in horses found at... Read More

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Fourth Annual Stallion Service Auction to Benefit Equine Health Studies Program

October 01, 2004

The Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) announces its fourth annual Stallion Service Auction, which will be held Oct. 15-Dec. 17. The event is a multi-breed, Internet-based auction to help the SVM's Equine Health... Read More