Equine Welfare & Legislation


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


Horse Deaths Increase at Closing Bay Meadows

May 06, 2007

Twenty-five horses died while racing or practicing at the Bay Meadows track this spring, nine more than incurred fatal injuries over an 11-month period that state regulators studied previously.

The California Horse Racing Board, which is... Read More


More Rain Expected in Louisville Friday, Saturday

May 04, 2007

People may have been anticipating summer-like temperatures this weekend in Louisville, but those planning to attend this year's Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby had better brace themselves for the strong possibility of rain.

As of 8:09... Read More


Equine Equity Act Introduced by McConnell

May 01, 2007

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky introduced legislation April 30 designed to promote investment in the horse industry by removing unfair provisions of federal law that favor other investments. The Equine Equity Act of 2007 would reduce the... Read More


Equine Guelph Holding Conference on Animal Welfare During Crisis

April 20, 2007

Equine Guelph is sponsoring a conference on "Caring During Crisis," to be held Sunday, April 29th, to Tuesday, May 1st, on managing disease and disasters involving animals.

The conference, "Caring During Crisis: Animal Welfare During... Read More


International Disease Report Fourth Quarter 2006

April 18, 2007

This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.

The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, England, and other sources reported th... Read More


Champion Barrel Racer Rocky Gets a Vacation

April 15, 2007

Two-time world champion barrel racer Kelly Kaminski has decided to give home-raised champion Rockem Sockem Go--aka Rocky--the rest of the year off to recover from lingering injuries.

Rocky, 14, has been Kaminski’s competition horse for a... Read More


Clinical Pathology: A Window Into Your Horse's Health

April 11, 2007

All laboratory tests begin with proper sample collection and handling. Improper collection and handling of blood samples can result in unreliable or--in worse cases--misleading results. Stress or patient excitement at the time of collection can als... Read More


World Veterinary Day to Highlight Scope of Vet Industry Contributions

April 06, 2007

"World Veterinary Day on April 28, 2007, will be a day to emphasize the need for global unity among all health care professionals including veterinarians," said Leon Russell, DVM, PhD, president of the World Veterinary Association.... Read More


England's Animal Welfare Act Coming into Force

April 05, 2007

The Animal Welfare Act comes into force in England April 6. The British Horse Society calls the legislation "the most significant piece of welfare legislation for nearly a century," and said it should help to protect the welfare of all horses an... Read More


Hambletonian Harness Race to be Broadcast on NBC

April 04, 2007

The $1.7 million Hambletonian, the richest trotting race in North America, will be televised live on NBC this year, ending a 13-year run on CBS. Broadcast time for the Hambletonian and the filly companion event, the $850,000 Hambletonian Oaks,... Read More


Alabama Horse Rider Charged with DUI

April 03, 2007

A woman who went for a horseback ride through town at midnight and allegedly used the horse to ram a police car was charged with driving under the influence and drug offenses, police said Tuesday.

"Cars were passing by having to avoid it,... Read More


Firemen Train for Horse Rescue in UK

April 01, 2007

Sparsholt College and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are enrolling firemen throughout the UK in equine handling and awareness courses, according to a Horse &... Read More


Equine Rescue Group Announces Spotlight Award

April 01, 2007

The American Horse Defense Fund (AHDF), a national equine welfare organization, announces its first rescue resource program, the Rescue Spotlight Award. Each month the AHDF staff will select an exceptional equine rescue that will be highlighted... Read More


'Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse' Summit Update Released

March 29, 2007

Participants in the "Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit" in October 2006 continue to work on various initiatives but probably won't convene for a second summit until early 2008.

The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research... Read More


Equestrian Facilities Catching Attention of Washington State Legislators

March 28, 2007

While more big-ticket proposals for sports arenas might be pulling up lame this legislative session, a 7,000-seat equestrian center in Lewis County, Wash., seems to be moving along.

The center near Winlock, with an estimated price tag... Read More


ASPCA Equine Fund Awards Several Grants

March 27, 2007

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has announced that a variety of equine rescue groups and sanctuaries across the United States received aid totaling more than $28,000 from the ASPCA's Equine Fund... Read More


Chaplaincy Meeting Features Emergency-Response Training

March 25, 2007

The Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) celebrated its 35th birthday during its annual meeting March 14-21 in Louisville, Ky., with special training in responding to disasters that impact the horse racing community.

A record 145... Read More


Retired NYPD Police Horses Moved From Alleged Bad Care

March 25, 2007

An article on www.gothamist.com reported today (March 25) that a lawsuit by the city of New York against an "upstate horse farm owner" who was supposed to be caring for retired New York Police Department... Read More


Two Men Charged in Montana Shooting Death of Horse

March 24, 2007

Two Missoula, Mont., men are charged in the fatal shooting of a horse in the Ninemile Valley earlier this week.

David A. Moorse, 21, and Jacob C. Scharff, 25, were each charged Thursday with accountability for criminal mischief, a felony... Read More


HSUS Files Notice of Intent to Sue Slaughter Facility Over Water Pollution

March 22, 2007

The Humane Society of the United States has filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Cavel International horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb, Ill., for repeatedly violating the federal Clean Water Act. Cavel is the only location in the United State... Read More


EU Takes Greece to Court for 'Below Par' Animal Welfare

March 21, 2007

The European Commission took Greece to court today (March 21), saying animal welfare standards in the country were still marked by persistent shortcomings.

It said Athens has not put in place European Union rules that set a minimum standard... Read More