Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies


Walking Horse Show Officials Investigate Alleged Bribery

September 02, 2009

An exhibitor at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is under investigation for allegedly attempting to bribe a Designated Qualified Person (DQP) during a pre-performance inspection.

DQPs are employed by horse show managers to... Read More


Mustang Training Competition Offers $300K in Prize Money

September 01, 2009

The Extreme Mustang Makeover will offer an estimated $300,000 in prize money as it enters its third year of competition.

"We've been very fortunate in this economy to be able to sell out all of our events with the average adoption of the... Read More


Deworming: Majority of Readers Don't Utilize Fecal Egg Count Exams

August 28, 2009

More than 600 readers of responded to a poll asking, "How often do you utilize fecal egg count exams?"... Read More


Unwanted Horse Coalition Names New Director

August 28, 2009

Ericka Caslin will serve as the Director of the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC), the American Horse Council announced today.

Caslin is a graduate of Virginia Tech's Animal Sciences program and has been an active member of the hunter/jumper... Read More


Racehorse Medication Issues Top Jockey Club Round Table

August 24, 2009

Although there are differences of opinion on what should be done next in the area of medication reform, everyone seems to agree there is a continuing problem and something should be done.

The perceptions and realities of drugs used in the... Read More


Wild Horse Shootings: Crime Stoppers Video Prompts Tips

August 21, 2009

A televised re-enactment of wild horse shootings in Alberta has prompted tips from the public on the crimes, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

"We're following up on some tips we've received," said Cpl. Tina Millard of... Read More


Extended Suspension Means No Olympics for German Equestrian Ahlmann

August 20, 2009

For Christian Ahlmann, the four-month forbidden substance suspension that morphed into an eight-month suspension has its own "long tail"--in Ahlmann's case, a ban against competing in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Ahlmann was suspended... Read More


FEI Completes Investigation into German Equestrian Federation

August 19, 2009

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) isn't yet revealing its findings, but on August 14 it announced the completion of its investigation into doping allegations involving riders and officials of the German Equestrian Federation (German... Read More


Racehorse Drug Penalties Stiffened at Breeders' Cup

August 11, 2009

Breeders' Cup has added to its medication and testing policy and increased penalties for violators for 2009.

Trainers whose horses test positive for anabolic steroids, which were banned last year, or Class 1 or Class 2 drugs will be banned... Read More


U.S. Thoroughbred Stallion Reported Butchered in Peru

August 11, 2009

Drilling for Oil, a U.S. Thoroughbred graded stakes winner who was sent to Peru in July for stallion duty, was found dead after being butchered for his meat, according to the Read More


Colorado Wild Horse Gather Halted By Judge

August 08, 2009

A federal judge sided with wild horse advocates this week when she ruled the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) could not remove wild horses from the West Douglas Herd Area in northwest Colorado as planned.

The BLM had planned to remove th... Read More


NY May Demand Horses' Complete Vet Records

August 08, 2009

State racing regulators in New York, seeking additional and timely information about medications given to racehorses, are eyeing a major crackdown on recordkeeping practices of Thoroughbred owners and trainers.

In what one official... Read More


Chincoteague Pony Auction Raises Funds for Herd Health

July 30, 2009

This year's Chincoteague Pony swim and auction raised $94,100 for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department. Approximately 150 ponies were rounded up yesterday for today's annual sale, the proceeds of which are used to help maintain the wild... Read More


Florida Horse Killing Investigation Expands Again

July 28, 2009

The investigation into a series of Florida horse poaching incidents expanded again Sunday when another horse was found dead in its pasture, apparently slaughtered for its meat.

A caretaker discovered the horse's carcass in a pasture near it... Read More


Wild Horse Management Bill Draws Varied Reactions

July 27, 2009

An equine advocacy organization is criticizing new wild horse and burro management legislation, saying it fails to make efficient use of public land.

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Horse Poaching: Miami-Dade Police Investigate New Report

July 20, 2009

Law enforcement authorities in Florida are investigating the death of another horse apparently butchered for its meat.

Miami-Dade County Police discovered the horse's carcass July 19 after an anonymous tipster reported it... Read More


House Passes Mustang Management Bill

July 17, 2009

A bill promoting increased on-range management for wild horses and burros came closer to becoming law today when the U.S. House of Representatives passed it 239-185.

Introduced by Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall... Read More


Dr. Thomas Tobin Receives National Industry Service Award

July 14, 2009

University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center's Thomas Tobin, MRCVS, PhD, Dipl. ABT, was named co-recipient of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) 2008 Industry Service Award at its annual meeting July 3 in... Read More


Wild Horse Interaction Discouraged by Ordinance Amendment

July 14, 2009

Intentionally approaching a wild horse in Currituck County, N.C., could get visitors in some serious trouble. On July 6, the Currituck County Board of Commissioners made it illegal to intentionally come anywhere within 50 feet of a wild... Read More


Guilty Plea in Oklahoma Starved Mustang Cruelty Case

July 10, 2009

A criminal case involving the starvation of two wild horses adopted from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ended with a guilty plea in Rogers County, Okla., the Bureau announced yesterday.

Adopter Shannon J. Smoke of Broken Arrow,... Read More


Unwanted Horse Survey Results Released

July 09, 2009

The results of a survey on perceptions of factors surrounding the unwanted horse issue are now available from the Unwanted Horse... Read More


Chincoteague Ponies Receive Donated Vaccines, Dewormers

July 08, 2009

The Chincoteague pony herd is thought to be descended from animals aboard a Spanish ship that wrecked in the 16th century, but today the herd is getting 21st century health care.

Again this year, the herd will receive donated vaccinations... Read More


Racehorse Drug Test National Lab Standards Set

July 06, 2009

New national laboratory standards for racehorse drug and medication testing, the implementation of a laboratory accreditation program, and a new independent Equine Quality Assurance Program have been established by the Racing Medication and... Read More


Trainer Suspended, Fined for Clenbuterol

July 05, 2009

Trainer Peter Eurton will serve five days of a 30-day suspension handed down by Hollywood Park stewards and pay a $3,000 fine after one of the horses in his care was found to have tested positive for clenbuterol following a race on May... Read More


Rutgers Equine Science Center Participates in First Urban 4-H Summer Science Program

July 05, 2009

Rutgers University will host 45 high school students in its first Annual 4-H Summer Science Program for urban youths at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

High school students from Camden, Hackensack, Paterson, and... Read More