Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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Change in Kentucky Drug Rules Could Trigger Lawsuit

August 23, 2005

The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) could file a lawsuit to prevent implementation of a new race-day medication policy in the state.

Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher signed the more restrictive rules Aug... Read More

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California Trainers on Notice About Use of Anabolic Steroids

August 16, 2005

While steroid use by human athletes has caused a firestorm of controversy, trainers in California are being warned to avoid using anabolic steroids on their horses because of increased testing and uncertainty about withdrawal times. But the... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Approves New Medication Rules

August 15, 2005

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority voted unanimously Aug. 15 to implement stiff medication rules and penalties that closely parallel rules adopted by the national Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

The rules, which break down... Read More

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Government Agencies and Private Adoption Group Team up for Mustang Event

August 08, 2005

In the second annual event sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, the USDA Forest Service, and the Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition (COWHC), nine mustangs gathered from eastern Oregon public lands will be offered for adoption on Sept. 18... Read More

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NYRA Makes Security Barn Adjustments

August 02, 2005

The New York Racing Association is "100% committed" to race day security barns, but has taken immediate action to address concerns expressed by horsemen at Saratoga Race Course, NYRA president Charles E. Hayward said July 29.

Hayward's... Read More

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USDA Horse Slaughter Inspectors Face Elimination

August 01, 2005

The House of Representatives passed the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill (H.R. 2744) on June 8. Included in the bill was amendment 236, which will end funding for horse slaughter plant inspectors during the 2006 federal fiscal year.

The... Read More

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Evidence Heard in Cocaine Case in Australia

July 27, 2005

Racing New South Wales stewards opened an inquiry on Monday (July 25) into the analyst's finding of benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, in the urine sample taken from the 3-year-old filly Love You Honey, who finished unplaced in race seven... Read More

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National Steering Committee Formed Following Unwanted Horse Summit

July 26, 2005

Industry groups to meet again in September

Following closely on the heels of the nation's first-ever Unwanted Horse Summit in Washington, D.C., on April 19, a National Steering Committee has been named to perform the... Read More

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Update: USDA Horse Slaughter Inspectors Face Elimination

July 08, 2005

The House of Representatives passed the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill (H.R. 2744) on June 8. Included in the bill was amendment 236, which will end funding for horse slaughter plant inspectors during the 2006 federal fiscal... Read More

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Ellis Park to Conduct Random Milkshake Testing

July 05, 2005

Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. will randomly test horses before every race during its 2005 meet for alkalizing agents known as milkshakes.

Under Ellis' milkshake testing policy, the track will require a random number of horses entered in... Read More

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Wild Horse Amendment Passes House

July 01, 2005

Wild horses and burros that are eligible for slaughter had a victory on May 19 when the appropriations bill for the Department of the Interior 2006 budget (H.R. 2361) passed the House of Representatives.

Among hundreds of lines of text... Read More

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Summit Charts Course for Unwanted Horses

June 01, 2005

More than 25 equine-industry organizations and one U.S. congressman participated in the nation's first Unwanted Horse Summit on April 19 in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the Summit served as ... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Summit Report

June 01, 2005

Unwanted Horse Summit April 19, 2005 – Washington, DC

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The attached list of organizations and officials were invited to attend a one day workshop for the purpose of determining if agreement could be reached... Read More

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Ford Motor Company and BLM Work Together to Save Mustangs

May 26, 2005

Ford Motor Company announced May 19 that it would provide aid to preserve thousands of wild mustangs that currently face an uncertain future. In addition, the company is offering a means for the public to help "Save the... Read More

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Churchill Outlines "Milkshake" Policy

April 25, 2005

With only a few differences, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. will be utilizing the same testing procedures for "milkshakes" that are in effect at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky., and similar to those at many other North American... Read More

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Wild Horses Slaughtered at Cavel

April 22, 2005

According to an April 21 AP newswire story, six wild mustangs that were sold to a private owner in Oklahoma have been slaughtered at Cavel International in DeKalb, Ill.

Celia Boddington, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Land Management... Read More

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Summit Charts Historic Course for Unwanted Horses

April 20, 2005

More than 25 equine-industry organizations and one U.S. congressman participated in the nation's first-ever Unwanted Horse Summit on Tuesday, April 19, in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP),... Read More

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Horse Slaughter Legislation Reintroduced

April 01, 2005

The Horse Slaughter Prevention Act has been reintroduced to Congress as bill H.R. 503. Congressman John Sweeney of New York is the lead sponsor of H.R. 503 and introduced the bill on Feb. 1 as "A bill to amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibi... Read More

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Olympic Appeal Over Drugs

April 01, 2005

According to the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), German Olympian Ludger Beerbaum filed an appeal on Feb. 3 with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision taken by the FEI Judicial Committee. The committe... Read More

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Jurisdictions Begin Milkshake Testing

April 01, 2005

Following recommendations issued in January by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, several racing jurisdictions have approved plans to test horses for evidence of "milkshaking" or excess levels of total carbon dioxide (TCO2)... Read More

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Athens Gold Medalist Cian O'Connor Disqualified

March 29, 2005

Following a hearing held in Zurich, Switzerland, on March 27, the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) Judicial Committee determined that there had been a breach of FEI General Regulations Art. 146.2 at the 2004 Olympic Games in... Read More

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Wild Horse Dispersal Under New Legislation

March 21, 2005

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun selling the wild horses and burros under its care due to the new stipulations of the amended 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act.

The first group to benefit from the new legislation was Wild Horses... Read More

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The AAEP Announces Unwanted Horse Summit Participants

March 21, 2005

Bringing together the equine industry's major organizations for the first time to address the issue of unwanted horses, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) will host a one-day Unwanted Horse Summit onTuesday, April 19 during... Read More

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Drug Testing

March 03, 2005

Controversy over medication and drug testing has been around since organized equine competitions came into being. There has always been more disagreement than agreement among the various factions involved, and more contention than harmony. Drug... Read More

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AAEP Convention Wrap-Up 2004: The Unwanted Horse

March 03, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) made the welfare of unwanted horses in the United States a priority for the foreseeable future, according to AAEP leaders during the annual convention.

While the AAEP's stand against... Read More