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One Year to Go Until 2010 WEG Tickets Become Available

September 24, 2008

Tickets for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will go on sale Sept. 25, 2009.

"We are excited to announce the much-anticipated on-sale date for tickets to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games," said Ruth Mason, directo... Read More

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Trainer of Eight Belles, Hard Spun to Retire

September 23, 2008

Trainer Larry Jones, who earlier this year saddled the winner of the Kentucky Oaks and the following day had a filly finish second in the Kentucky Derby, said he plans to retire by the end of 2009.

"It is just time to quit," Jones said Sept... Read More

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Paralympic Horses Stay Healthy in Hong Kong

September 22, 2008

The Olympic horses and riders might have left the equestrian venue last month, but the lights at the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Sha Tin facility are only now beginning to dim, as the Paralympic Games came to a close only a couple weeks ago.

Th... Read More

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Rider, U.S. Olympic Dressage Team Disqualified

September 22, 2008

Today the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has issued its decision in the positive medication case involving the horse Mythilus ridden by Courtney King-Dye, and representing the U.S. Dressage Team at the 2008 Olympic Games in... Read More

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Competition Schedule for WEG 2010 Announced

September 22, 2008

Sixteen days of competition, showcasing the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines, are officially scheduled for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

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Genetic Mutation for Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy Widespread

September 20, 2008

Veterinary researchers from the University of Minnesota have identified a gene potentially responsible for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in Quarter Horses and, in doing so, they uncovered a number of research leads to pursue. In a... Read More

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Jones Appeals Clenbuterol Suspension

September 20, 2008

Thoroughbred trainer Larry Jones has appealed a seven-day suspension and $500 fine levied by the stewards at Delaware Park in connection with the highly-publicized case in which the horse Stones River tested positive for the prohibited substance... Read More

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Thoroughbred Sire Galileo Recovering from Colic Surgery

September 20, 2008

Leading European sire Galileo was reportedly recovering from colic surgery performed Sept. 18 at Fethard Equine Hospital. According to The Racing Post, the Coolmore stallion was taken into the hospital through the evening having been... Read More

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Storm Effects Minimal at Churchill Downs

September 17, 2008

Power outages to the barn area and the Kentucky Derby Museum are about the only effects Churchill Downs felt from the Sept. 14 windstorm created by the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

Churchill vice president of racing communications John Asher... Read More

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Maryland Bans Racehorse Steroids

September 17, 2008

The Maryland Racing Commission has approved a ban on anabolic steroids for racehorses, following the lead of other racing states including Kentucky, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The issue of steroids in horse racing saw increased... Read More

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Racetrack Injury Database Could Face Resistance

September 16, 2008

A new national racetrack injury database will have problems achieving widespread compliance without a large measure of anonymity and confidentiality, a Kentucky racetrack veterinarian said Sept. 15.

"I think there is going to be a ton of... Read More

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37-Year-Old Horse Elmer Bandit Wins Competitive Trail Ride

September 15, 2008

Adding another 60 miles to his North American Trail Conference (NATRC) career, 37-year-old Elmer Bandit was declared the Open Sweepstakes division winner this past weekend at the Dave Smith Fall Fiesta competition near Lehigh, Iowa.

"We had... Read More

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Big Brown to Retire at End of 3-Year-Old Season

September 14, 2008

Michael Iavarone, co-president of IEAH Stables, clarified a story published in yesterday's Washington Post that was picked up by other publications that stated Big Brown may race as a 4-year-old. Iavarone said that although IEAH has the righ... Read More

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NTRA Hopes to Fast-Track Safety Plan

September 13, 2008

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) hopes to have a long-term implementation plan for uniform equine health and safety measures in place within 30 days.

Almost 70 industry stakeholders met the morning of Sept. 12 in... Read More

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Equine Drug Testing Center Sought For NMSU

September 13, 2008

Funding is being sought by horse racing officials to start an equine drug testing laboratory at New Mexico State University.

They've been lobbying state legislators, but NMSU officials say they're concerned about the cost of operating... Read More

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Quarter Horses Debut on Polytrack

September 12, 2008

The first Quarter Horse race at Turfway Park since 1972, and the first held anywhere on Polytrack, will be held the evening of Sept. 12 at the Northern Kentucky track.

Multiple stakes winner Jessluvchicks is the 8-5 morning-line favorite fo... Read More

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Keeneland Yearling Buyers Utilize Steroid Tests

September 11, 2008

During the first two sessions of the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale the Central Kentucky auction company reported 20 requests for testing for exogenous anabolic steroids.

There were six requests during the opening session Sept. 8 an... Read More

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Results of Poll on Wrapping Up the Summer Riding Season

September 10, 2008

Nearly 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "When do you start winding down from your summer riding levels?"

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Canadian Researchers Focus on Racehorse Safety

September 10, 2008

Since the loss of Barbaro and Eight Belles, NBC's Roundtable on the horseracing industry at the 2008 Preakness Stakes, and the congressional hearing in June 2008, researchers are highlighting their efforts to improve racehorse safety and Canadian... Read More

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World Equestrian Games Community Forum Planned

September 09, 2008

Area residents with questions about the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will have a chance to find some answers at a community forum Sept. 23.

There will be 900 horses competing in eight disciplines over 16 days at the Kentucky Hors... Read More

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Additional Steroid Testing for Sale Horses at Keeneland

September 08, 2008

Keeneland officials plan to expand their testing program for exogenous anabolic steroids in sale horses to include the April select juvenile auction. That decision came after Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed emergency regulations Sept. 5 that... Read More

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FEI Holds First Hearings on Olympic Substance Test Results

September 08, 2008

Hearings before the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) took place in Lausanne, Switzerland, this weekend in the Olympic cases of Bernardo Alves of Brazil and the horse Chupa Chup; Denis Lynch of Ireland and the horse Lantinus; and Courtney... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Suspected in NY Racehorse Death

September 07, 2008

Smell My Carrots, a 3-year-old New York-bred maiden gelding, was euthanized Saturday Sept. 6 after being found in his stall in Belmont Park’s Barn 38 with a fever and unable to stand, according to New York Racing Association’s Chief Examining... Read More

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Equestrian Paralympic Competition Began Today

September 07, 2008

The equestrian competition of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games started this morning at Shatin Equestrian arena with a record number of participating riders.

A total of 73 riders from 28 delegations will vie in 11 dressage events. The... Read More

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Eight Belles Honored in Public Memorial

September 07, 2008

With more than 200 people in attendance, this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands runner-up Eight Belles was memorialized in a public ceremony in the garden of the Kentucky Derby Museum Sept. 7.

At the conclusion of the... Read More