Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies


Cobra Venom Case: Trainer's Hearing Scheduled

September 20, 2007

Following the announcement of the five-year suspension of veterinarian Dr. Rod Stewart for alleged violations of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority's medication regulations, the... Read More


Vet Given Five-Year Suspension in Cobra Venom Investigation

September 19, 2007

Kentucky racing stewards have suspended veterinarian Dr. Rodney Stewart for five years for numerous violations of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority's medication regulations.

The suspension was ordered following an investigation into items... Read More


AHC Releases Schedule and Provides Online Registration For National Issues Forum in November

September 08, 2007

The American Horse Council (AHC) has released a schedule, list of speakers and registration details for its National Issues Fall Forum to be held at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., on Friday, November 2, 2007. Complete details and online registration... Read More


State of the Industry

September 01, 2007

The changing dynamics of the horse industry in the United States can be likened to the ocean tides. At high tide there were somewhere between 25 and 27 million equines in this country. At low tide, that number dipped to under four million. Today,... Read More


Veterinarian Appealing Suspension in Snake Venom Case

August 28, 2007

Dr. Rod Stewart has appealed a suspension order issued by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority in connection with the ongoing investigation of trainer Patrick Biancone.

Lisa Underwood, executive director of the KHRA, said following an Aug. 2... Read More


Nevada Senator Urges Probe in Wild Horse Deaths

August 26, 2007

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid is calling on U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to conduct a "full and thorough investigation" into the nitrate contamination deaths of 71 wild horses in July at the Tonopah Test Range.

"There are strong... Read More


Vet Suspended from Tracks for Noncompliance in Venom Investigation

August 23, 2007

Dr. Rod Stewart, a veterinarian for racehorse trainer Patrick Biancone, was suspended by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority for failing to comply with an order to turn over his computer and records to state stewards.

Stewards requested the... Read More


Reporting Adverse Drug Effects

August 23, 2007

Horses have their own unique physiological makeup that reacts to therapeutic medications differently. ... Read More


Kentucky Drug Council Supports Regulation of Steroids

August 23, 2007

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council supports the regulation of anabolic steroids in horses at racetracks and auctions in the state, but requested further explanation of withdrawal times and other testing-related issues in the model rule... Read More


Wild Horse Herd Wins Reprieve

August 18, 2007

Hundreds of wild horses and burros slated for roundup at a national wildlife refuge along the Nevada-Oregon line will continue to roam free, at least for now, to the relief of wild horse advocates and dismay of some other environmentalists and... Read More


BenZoylEcgonine Thresholds in Horse Urine

August 15, 2007

In 1985, the Kentucky Racing Commission directed the Equine Pharmacology program at the University of Kentucky to work on improving testing for performance-enhancing drugs. The outcome was the introduction of Enzyme-Linked-ImmunoSorbant Assay... Read More


Stubben Steeltec Stirrups Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

August 15, 2007

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Aug. 8 announced a voluntary recall of Stubben Steeltec SEQ Stirrups.

The stirrups are imported by Stubben North America Inc. of Troy, Va. The safety commission reported that hinges on the stirrup... Read More


House Rejects Funding for Horse Slaughter Plant Inspections

August 03, 2007

The U.S. House voted once more to stop spending money on inspections of horse slaughter plants.

The measure, approved late Thursday, was part of a $91 billion spending bill for farm subsidies and nutrition programs.

Two horse... Read More


Language Eliminating Funding for Horse Quarantine, Inspection Nixed from Bill

August 03, 2007

Weeks of lobbying by the horse industry were successful the evening of Aug. 2, when the United States House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to remove from the Agriculture Appropriations Act language that could have stymied transportation of... Read More


New York Racing Rule Targets

August 01, 2007

New York racing regulators July 31 adopted a series of new rules, including more restrictive prohibitions on betting by racetrack mutuel tellers and final action on a provision to combat "Read More


Medication Consortium Gets $300,000 in Contributions

July 27, 2007

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) received $100,000 contributions from the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the United States Trotting Association, and $50,000 contributions from the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s... Read More


Officials Investigating Horse Deaths Near Dry Lake in Central Nevada

July 26, 2007

According to an Associated Press article on, federal officials have launched an investigation into the deaths of 55 wild horses and an antelope found close to a watering hole on a Central... Read More


Horses Survive Barn Fire

July 22, 2007

A dozen horses inside a barn that caught fire last night in Clifton, Va., have survived.
It was initially feared that some of the animals might have died, but authorities say only one horse suffered a minor... Read More


Slaughter: Cavel Preparing to Resume Operations

July 20, 2007

The nation's last horse processing plant in DeKalb can reopen while it challenges a state law that forced it to close twice in the last two months, a federal appeals court ruled.

Operations at the Cavel International Inc. facility had... Read More


Slaughter: U.S. Circuit Court Decision Allows Cavel to Resume Operations

July 19, 2007

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a motion by Cavel International, allowing the plant to temporarily resume horse slaughter operations, the Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL) announced July 18.

In late May... Read More


FEI Drops Vegas World Cup Drug Case Due to Test Problems

July 13, 2007

A doping case was dropped because of procedural problems following a positive test involving a show jumping horse at the Equestrian World Cup Final in Las Vegas.

Air Jordan Z tested positive for a banned drug at the event in April where his... Read More


Environmental Contamination Necessitates Leeway in Post-Race Cocaine Testing

July 11, 2007

The prevalence of a common metabolite of cocaine in the environment has created a need for the allowance of a minimum concentration of the substance in post-competition race testing, according to Fernanda Camargo, DVM, and Tom Tobin, DVM, PhD,... Read More


Sources: Snake Venom Found in Kentucky Search

July 07, 2007

Word is circulating in Kentucky that cobra venom, a substance used to kill pain, was found by investigators during a June 26 search of trainer Patrick Biancone's barn at Keeneland.

Several sources indicated, and media reports suggested,... Read More


Slaughter: Cavel Challenge Dismissed; Appeal Possible

July 06, 2007

The last United States plant that slaughtered horses for human consumption will remain closed after a federal judge July 5 dismissed its challenge to the state law that shut it down.... Read More


New NSAID Equioxx (firocoxib) Approved by USEF

July 02, 2007

The board of directors of the United States Equestrian Federation has approved the use of the new non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug Equioxx (firocoxib).

This new NSAID is the first cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) sparing drug to be approved by... Read More