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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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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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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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

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Pessoa Horse Substance Positive Confirmed on 'B' Sample

September 05, 2008

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has received confirmation that the second ("B") sample collected from the horse Rufus, ridden by Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil at the 2008 Olympic Games, has yielded a positive test result for the banned... Read More

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Pessoa Horse Positive on Olympic Medication Tests

September 02, 2008

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has received notification of an additional doping/medication case at the 2008 Olympic Games. A test carried out on Rufus, mount of Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil, following the individual show jumping final... Read More

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U.S. Rider, Vet Unsure of Source of Olympic Drug Positive

August 28, 2008

Following a routine drug test on August 19 at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, Mythilus, a U.S. dressage horse, ridden by Courtney King-Dye, was found to have tested positive for Felbinac. Felbinac is considered a class A prohibited substance b... Read More

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Olympic Medication Update: 'B' Samples Positive, U.S. Rider also Involved

August 27, 2008

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has received confirmation that the four 'B' samples in the cases involving the presence of the banned substance capsaicin have all... Read More

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New Unwanted Horse Coalition Director Named

August 26, 2008

Julia Andersen will serve as the director of the Unwanted Horse Coalition, according to a release distributed by the American Horse Council (AHC).

The Coalition is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the AH... Read More

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Kentucky Panel Approves Ban on Racehorse Steroids

August 25, 2008

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously Aug. 25 to ban the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses, and the rules could be in place the first week of September should Gov. Steve Beshear sign an emergency regulation as expected.... Read More

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Wild Horse Euthanasia Decision Postponed by BLM

August 23, 2008

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) isn't likely to make a decision regarding the use of euthanasia in wild horse herd management until the end of the year, a spokesman said. The euthanasia option decision was originally... Read More

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Equestrian Olympic Drug Testing Clarifications Announced by FEI

August 23, 2008

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) released the following information in regard to the four horses that tested positive to prohibited medications at the 2008 Olympic Games.

"Below are some clarifications on the procedure that... Read More

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California Steps Up Racehorse Steroid Rule Enforcement

August 22, 2008

The California Horse Racing Board announced it is stepping up enforcement of its medication rules with increased pre-race and out-of-competition testing and by prohibiting horses from running for 30 days after they've been administered anabolic... Read More

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Four Olympic Jumpers Suspended after Prohibited Substance Found

August 21, 2008

It's stormy here in Hong Kong, and not just because of impending Typhoon Nuri, which threatened to disrupt the individual jumping final, but looks as if it will hold off for most if not all of the Aug. 21 evening competition.

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