Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies


Two Harness Vets Suspended, Fined

October 24, 2008

Veterinarians Rick Rothfuss and Rick Mather of Columbus, Ohio, each have been fined $10,000 and have drawn six-month suspensions as a result of an initial investigation at The Red Mile trotting track in Lexington, Ky.

Richard Williams,... Read More


Calgary Trailer Accident: Surviving Horses Returned to Origin

October 21, 2008

After 12 horses died Friday following a stock trailer accident in Calgary, Alberta, the remaining 32 horses have been returned to their point of origin in Bonnyville, according to Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada Chair Bill... Read More


12 Horses Die in Calgary Trailer Accident

October 20, 2008

Twelve horses died Friday when a stock trailer carrying 44 animals overturned onto the median of a Calgary, Alberta, freeway.

The driver, identified by Read More


Irish Equestrian Disqualified from Olympics for Medication Positive

October 17, 2008

The panel of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has rendered its final decision in the prohibited substance case involving the horse Lantinus 3 ridden by Denis Lynch of Ireland at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Lynch was... Read More


New York Bans Racehorse Steroids

October 15, 2008

New York is joining other states in cracking down on steroid use in horse racing, state regulators announced Oct. 14.

"For the sake of the betting public, we want to do everything in our power to ensure that racing runs on a level playing... Read More


Tribunal Reaches Decision in Alves Olympic Medication Case

October 10, 2008

The panel of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has rendered its final decision in the prohibited substance case involving the horse Chupa Chup ridden by Bernardo Alves of Brazil at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Alves has been... Read More


Magna Racetracks Announce Anti-Slaughter Policy

October 10, 2008

Magna Entertainment Corp. has formally adopted a company-wide policy promoting the humane treatment of racehorses, the company announced Oct. 10.

Under the policy, any trainer or owner stabling at an MEC facility who directly or indirectly... Read More


Mustang Competition Leads to Adoptions, Funds

October 06, 2008

As a Johnny Cash tune played over the loudspeakers, horse trainer Gary Main Jr. coaxed Victory through a display of discipline and skill inside the Wyoming State Fair arena.

Hundreds of potential horse buyers looked on as Victory stopped on... Read More


Equine Rescue Fundraiser Near Chicago

October 05, 2008

Field Of Dreams Horse Rescue and Adoption in St. Charles is holding a fundraiser on Oct. 25 at Gaslight Manor in Aurora, Ill., followed by live and silent auctions. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit the rescue.

More than 300 items hav... Read More


Case Decision: Pessoa Disqualified from 2008 Olympics

October 03, 2008

The panel of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has rendered its final decision in the prohibited substance case involving the horse Rufus ridden by Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Pessoa and Rufus... Read More


Update on Status of Olympic Substance Test Hearings

October 01, 2008

The hearings for the six riders suspended for positive substance tests at the 2008 Olympic Games have begun, but the Tribunal of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has not yet reached a decision in five of the cases.... Read More


The Wild Horse Dilemma

October 01, 2008

Thirty-seven years ago Congress passed the Free-Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act with good intentions. When populations had tripled and it became apparent that these animals needed management, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) created... Read More


Mare With Melanoma: A Teacher to the End

October 01, 2008

Years ago my family became the owners of a beautiful, older Arab mare named Danza Mia. She�s been mentioned in this column several times, including a couple of years ago when we had to make the decision for euthanasia. Based on her necropsy, it... Read More


Australia's Newest Flu Scare Over

September 28, 2008

Tests on 74 horses have come back negative after a horse had a "weak positive test" for equine infuenza.... Read More


Penn Vet World Leadership Award Nomination Deadline Dec. 1

September 25, 2008

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has announced a deadline of Monday, Dec. 1, for nominations for its prestigious World Leadership in Animal Health Award.

The unrestricted award of $100,000 is given annually to a... Read More


Horse Slaughter Bill Moves on to House

September 24, 2008

The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has passed H.R. 6598, a measure known as the "Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008."

This bill prohibits transport, sale, delivery, or export of horses for slaughter for... Read More


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


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


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


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


Unwanted Horse Group Continues to Compile Facility List

September 12, 2008

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is still working on its list of facilities that accept, place, or use horses. Currently, there are more than 200 facilities listed on the UCH Web site.

"This is a continuing process for the coalition," sai... Read More


Soring Inspections Stepped Up at Walking Horse Celebration

September 12, 2008

Compliance with the Horse Protection Act (HPA) appeared to decline at the 70th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, dropping from 98% in 2007 to 95% at this year's event, according to USDA figures. The Celebration took place... Read More


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


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


Kentucky Governor Bans Steroids in Racehorses

September 06, 2008

Testing for anabolic steroids in racehorses in Kentucky will begin with the start of the Keeneland fall meet under emergency regulations signed by Gov. Steve Beshear Sept. 5.

The regulations, approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in... Read More