Horse Industry News


Plea Deal Accepted in New York Breeding Farm Case

October 03, 2008

Geraldine Trupia, the operator of a New York breeding farm where authorities seized a herd of malnourished horses in August, plead guilty to two counts of Class A misdemeanor animal cruelty under a plea agreement unveiled during her... Read More


Racing Task Force Focuses on Funding

October 01, 2008

Lack of funding for the regulatory functions of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission was the focal point at a Sept. 30 meeting of the state's Task Force on the Future of Horse Racing.

During the panel's monthly meeting, members were told... Read More


Racing Medication Group has Plan for Drug Testing Standards

September 27, 2008

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is developing a five-prong plan to implement equine drug testing standards similar to those used by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The action, announced Sept. 24 after board meeting of the RMTC,... Read More


Galveston Horse Rescue Effort Wraps Up

September 26, 2008

A week and a half after Hurricane Ike slammed into Galveston, Texas, horse rescue groups working the scene are scaling back their involvement as horse owners return to reclaim their animals and start the long rebuilding process.

Jerry... Read More


Clone of Calvaro 5 Born

September 25, 2008

European cloning company Cryozootech announced Sept. 18 the birth of the clone of Calvaro 5, Swiss rider Villi Melliger's top-ranked jumper who died in 2003.

It took five years to clone this horse successfully. After a few failed attempts for ... Read More


Authority Approves New Whip Rule for Harness Racing

September 23, 2008

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved a statewide ban on certain kinds of whips in harness racing.

The commission on Monday unanimously approved the ban on whips and riding crops that have strands of material at the end called a... Read More


Thieves Target Horse Tails in Iowa

September 21, 2008

Some horse thieves are at work in Buena Vista County, Iowa--but they're only after the tail.

The sheriff's office said three people reported chopped tails just in the past week. Major Doug Simons said each case appears similar--someone went... Read More


Ike Gains Strength Over Gulf, Aims for Texas

September 10, 2008

Hurricane Ike barreled across the warm, energizing waters of the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday on its way toward the Texas coast.

Forecasters said the Category 1 storm was already strengthening over open waters after leaving Cuba and could grow... Read More


Gulf Coast on Standby for Hurricane Ike Path Forecast

September 09, 2008

Residents of the Gulf Coast are watching anxiously as Hurricane Ike trudges toward areas still cleaning up after Gustav.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry put 7,500 National Guard members on standby as the National Hurricane Center warned the storm... Read More


Horse Advocate John Hettinger Dies

September 07, 2008

Horse advocate John A. Hettinger, a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Racing Association (Thoroughbreds) and Chairman Emeritus of the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, died Sept. 6 at his Akindale Farm in Pawling, N.Y., afte... Read More


Panama Considered Free of Screwworms

August 30, 2008

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has advised the public that it is amending the regulations regarding the importation of live horses, ruminants, swine, and dogs by removing Panama from the lists of regions where... Read More


Readers Respond: Tell Us What You Think

August 29, 2008

More than 600 readers of responded to a poll asking, "What aspects of's Horse Health E-Newsletter do you like the most?"

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Equine Sensory Training Clinic Returns to KHP

August 25, 2008

The fourth annual Equine Sensory Training Clinic will be held Oct. 19 and 20, 2008, at the Kentucky Horse Park's indoor arena.

The clinicians include officers from the Lexington Mounted Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and a... Read More


Horse and Livestock Humane Proponent's Life to be Basis of HBO Movie

August 24, 2008

A movie based on the life of Temple Grandin, PhD, who has long been a proponent of humane horse and livestock handling, might finally be moving forward, according to a report in the Read More


Horses Rescued from Deep Ditch in Florida

August 23, 2008

Rescuers got two for the price of one in the rescue of a pair of horses trapped in a deep, narrow ditch in Miami-Dade County in Florida. A report on said... Read More


Dover Saddlery Opening Store in Georgia

August 22, 2008

Dover Saddlery Retail will celebrate the grand opening of its new store in Alpharetta, Ga., during the weekend of Oct. 10-12, 2008. Celebrations will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 10.

The store will carry... Read More


Readers Respond: Traveling Tails

August 22, 2008

More than 1,400 readers of responded to a poll asking, "What is the most time your horse has spent in transit?"

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Arabian Horse Foundation Donates to Research, Rehoming Efforts

August 19, 2008

The Arabian Horse Foundation will award nearly $20,000 in grant money in order to fund requests for equine research, as well as horse rescue and rehoming.

The Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the Arabian Horse Association, is... Read More


Nebraska Town Officials Give Horse Eviction Order

August 14, 2008

Talk about your one-horse town. Hickman, Neb., a burg of 1,084 residents, is just that.

But some folks don't want that distinction. They want an aging horse named Peter Rabbit, who lives in a pasture in town, gone for good.... Read More


Weather Forces Cancellation of 8 Races at Saratoga

August 08, 2008

A severe summer thunderstorm, complete with heavy rain, hail, and lightning, washed out part of the main track at Saratoga, forcing the cancellation of racing after the second race Aug. 8.

Eight races were canceled, including the $80,000... Read More


Midwest Storms a Reminder for Horse Owner Emergency Preparedness

August 06, 2008

Severe thunderstorms and tornado activity roared through the north-central Illinois and northwest Indiana corridor Monday night, leaving nearly 550,000 homes and businesses without power. However, it appears that area horses emerged relatively... Read More


Study on Proposed Horse Import Center Released

August 04, 2008

A study in the feasibility of a Mid-Atlantic Animal Import Center was recently released by the Maryland Horse Industry Board. The Midfield Cargo Complex of the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington International Airport was identified as the... Read More


Former Claimer Lava Man Retired After Stellar Career

July 31, 2008

Lava Man, the only horse to sweep the Santa Anita Handicap, Hollywood Gold Cup and Pacific Classic in the same year, has been retired.

Lava Man won grade I races on dirt, turf, and synthetic surfaces and joined Native Diver as the only... Read More


Top Mississippi State University Stallion Dead

July 28, 2008

Mississippi State University's equine reproduction program lost its top stallion to a catastrophic leg injury sustained during a severe thunderstorm July 11.

Minister Slew, a grandson of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, was alone in a... Read More


Dirty Jobs for Horses: Not All Fun and Games for Party Ponies

July 28, 2008

Small children run between their legs, kids try to mount backwards, and necks are grasped and smothered with sticky kisses, but party ponies happily jump into the trailer the next time the work whistle blows.

Pony boss Tamara Dumont of... Read More