Equine Welfare & Legislation


Sentence for Driver in Amish Buggy Accident that Killed Child, Horse

June 19, 2007

A Michigan man was sentenced Tuesday to six to 22.5 years in prison after pleading no contest to a drunken-driving charge stemming from a hit-and-run crash that killed an 11-year-old Amish girl.

Before he was sentenced, Mark William Vandyke,... Read More


Indiana Horse Shooting: Owners Offering Reward for Information

June 18, 2007

The owners of a 7-year-old horse that was shot and killed are offering a $5,000 reward for information that might help find a suspect.

Owner Patty Johnson of Mount Pleasant, Ind., first thought Twilight Smoky Sensation, a registered Tennessee... Read More


Oklahoma Horse Thefts Have Owners Worried

June 17, 2007

There is growing concern regarding stolen and missing horses in the state of Oklahoma, specifically Oklahoma County. Stolen Horse International, aka NetPosse, has processed several reports that seem to be more than coincidence. While NetPosse... Read More


Ohio Horse Death Prompts Better Fair Accommodations

June 17, 2007

In an article from Ohio's Chronicle-Telegram, writer Lisa Robertson reported that the death last year of an 8-year-old horse named Gypsy, owned by an 11-year-old 4-H member, prompted Lorain County Fair executives to decided to build new... Read More


USRider: Equestrians Can Be Stranded Due to New Vehicle Key Technology

June 14, 2007

With advancing technology, life continues to become a bit easier. For example, we no longer have to walk across the room to change channels on the television. We can cook a meal in a matter of seconds with the microwave. We stay in touch with ou... Read More


New Zealand Animal Welfare and Bioethics Center to Collaborate with OIE

June 13, 2007

Massey University's Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre has been named a collaborating center of the Office International des Epizooties (OIE, or World Organization for Animal Health), and will provide scientific, bioethical, and... Read More


Prominent Stallion Runaway Groom Dead

June 12, 2007

Runaway Groom, who beat the year's three U.S. classic winners in the 1982 Travers Stakes, was euthanatized June 8 at Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington because of complications from the infirmities of old age. The 28-year-old son of Blushing... Read More


Kentucky Mounted Unit Offering Training Clinic

June 11, 2007

A clinic teaching the horse training techniques used by mounted police officers will be offered June 30 at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Ky. The clinic is designed to promote confidence in horse and rider and help horse owners learn... Read More


Kentucky Animal Diagnostic Lab Seeking Funds for Expansion

June 10, 2007

Wade Northington is hoping for more room to spread out his diseases.

Northington, director of the Murray State University Breathitt Veterinary Center, in Hopkinsville, Ky., has asked Gov. Ernie Fletcher to include funds for an... Read More


Ohio Woman Killed in Semitrailer Collision with Horse Buggy

June 07, 2007

A semitrailer collided with a horse-drawn uncovered wagon Wednesday, killing the driver of the wagon, the Ohio Highway Patrol said.

Patricia Hiller, 57, of Polk, Ohio, was transported to Samaritan Hospital in Ashland and later died, Sgt.... Read More


U.K. Equine Welfare Charity Launching 'Right Weight' Campaign

June 04, 2007

The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH), a U.K. equine welfare charity, has organized a campaign to help horse owners accurately measure their horses' weight and design nutrition plans to keep the pounds in check.... Read More


Update on Legislation Affecting Horse Industry Available on AHC Web Site

June 04, 2007

It's been a busy spring in Washington and at the American Horse Council (AHC) offices. Federal representatives introduced nine new bills affecting the horse industry between the end of April and the end of May.

The new legislation include... Read More


American Farrier's Executive Committee Taking Meetings on the Road

June 02, 2007

In an effort to reach out to the American Farrier's Association (AFA) members and chapters and increase input to the organization, the association's executive committee has decided to take it's five annual face-to-face meetings on the road.... Read More


World's Oldest Living Pony Dies at 56

May 30, 2007

Sugar Puff, the world's oldest living pony as declared by the Guinness Book of Records, has died at age 56, Horse & Hound reported.... Read More


Oldest Melbourne Cup Winner Arwon Dead at 33

May 28, 2007

The longest-living Melbourne Cup winner was humanely put down at George Hanlon's Leopold property on the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong on Friday, according to an Australian Associated Press story by Robert Windmill.

Arwon gave Hanlon... Read More


Horse Barns at Iowa State University Get a Facelift

May 26, 2007

Improvements are underway at the main horse barns on the Iowa State University campus. The barns, located at the corner of Pammel and Stange on the north side of campus, are well known by current and former students.

Two wings of the main barn... Read More


Illinois Governor Signs Anti-Slaughter Legislation

May 25, 2007

The state with the nation's last operating horse slaughterhouse has made it illegal to kill the animals for human consumption.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said May 24 he was proud to sign the law, calling it "past time to stop slaughtering... Read More


Seabiscuit Descendant Foaled Near Famous Ancestor's Home

May 24, 2007

Bronze Sea, a filly descended from Seabiscuit, was foaled at Tim and Jacqueline Cooper's American Legend Horse Farm in Northern California on May 23.

The dark bay filly is by High Brite and is out of the At the Threshold mare All in Fashion... Read More


Emergency Stabling: USRider Looking to Expand Facility Availability

May 23, 2007

Traveling with horses is challenging enough, but imagine that you are traveling with your horses in an unfamiliar area when your vehicle breaks down or, you are involved in an accident requiring overnight repairs and temporary shelter for your... Read More


Driver Who Struck Horse-Drawn Carriage Sentenced

May 22, 2007

A man who drove his van into a horse-drawn carriage in downtown Indianapolis, Ind., has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated and other charges.

The crash sent two tourists from... Read More


Scholarships Available to 4-H Youth for "Voice of the Horse" Event

May 21, 2007

The Peter Stone Company will fund 10 registration fee scholarships for 4-H youth to attend the interactive Web cast conference "The Voice of the Horse" on June 30 and July 1. The conference is designed to focus on the horse-human... Read More


Environmental Concerns Could Delay Tapeta Surface at Golden Gate

May 16, 2007

Environmental concerns could cause a delay in plans by Golden Gate Fields to install an all-weather racing surface this summer, the planning manager for the City of Albany, Calif., acknowledged May 16.

"It's hard to say at this point,"... Read More


New Pennsylvania Track to Install Tapeta Surface

May 13, 2007

Presque Isle Downs, the new Erie, Pa. track owned by MTR Gaming Group, will install Michael Dickinson's synthetic Tapeta racing surface before its inaugural Thoroughbred meet begins Sept. 1., said Rose Mary Williams, director of racing at... Read More


Federal Bill Seeks To Strengthen Animal Welfare Act

May 13, 2007

Legislation introduced earlier this week would prohibit the use of live animals in sales and marketing demonstrations of medical devices and products. U.S. Representatives Steve Israel (D-NY) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced the Animal Welfare... Read More


Crestwood Stallion Storm Boot Dead

May 12, 2007

Thoroughbred stallion Storm Boot, who sired 46 stakes winners at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm near Lexington, Ky., was euthanatized May 10 at Hagyard Equine Medical Center. A member of Storm Cat's first crop, 18-year-old Storm Boot suffered from... Read More