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Joe Muscara Jr., owner of the harness racing star donates Mr. Big breeding to Equine Guelph for auction

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 23, 2011 17:38

A breeding to Mister Big, winner of over $4 million in career earnings, was recently donated to Equine Guelph’s education program by Joe Muscara Jr., owner of the harness racing star. 

The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society will be auctioning the Mr. Big breeding on behalf of Equine Guelph at their annual stallion auction from February 23 to February 27.  This auction raises money to assist in the placement of retired Standardbreds in the province.  In return Equine Guelph will be donating one of its online courses to OSAS for an auction at a later date, thus continuing the circle of growth which begins with life-long learning.  To join in on the bidding go to www.osasauction.com.


Mr Big, Gives Big Returns to Equine Guelph for a Second Year

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 23, 2011 16:19


A breeding to Mister Big, winner of over $4 million in career earnings, was recently donated to Equine Guelph’s education program by Joe Muscara Jr., owner of the harness racing star.



A horse racing hall of fame induction has not changed Joe Muscara Jr.’s belief in giving back to the grass roots of the industry.  For a 2nd year, Joe has donated a Mr. Big breeding, with proceeds to the Equine Guelph education programs taken by Joe himself!   Joe’s generous donation of a stallion fee to the Standardbred sensation standing at Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry will be auctioned through the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society’s stallion auction from February 23 to February 27.


“We are 150 years into a grand experiment of developing a horse that can pull a cart real fast.  Most of that time, we did what our grandfathers did,” says Muscara, owner of Mister Big.  “Now, with the rapidly accelerating scientific discoveries in all facets of equine endeavours, that is not enough to excel – not even enough to survive.” 


“You need the tools to evaluate what is new;  Use what is good and avoid what is not,”  continues Muscara.  “Equine Guelph did not teach us how to train Mister Big, but it did give us the tools to evaluate what we were doing and the confidence to stick with the plan over three magical seasons.”

“The support of Joe Muscara is helping us build the education and training program for the equine industry,” says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph “and we appreciate the value of this significant contribution.”  The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society will be auctioning the Mr. Big breeding on behalf of Equine Guelph at their annual stallion auction from February 23 to February 27.  This auction raises money to assist in the placement of retired Standardbreds in the province.  In return Equine Guelph will be donating one of its online courses to OSAS for an auction at a later date, thus continuing the circle of growth which begins with life-long learning.  To join in on the bidding go to www.osasauction.com.

To donate to Equine Guelph’s education program or for more information on online courses, go to www.EquineGuelph.ca.


Link to story:  http://www.equineguelph.ca/news/index.php?content=283





Equine Foundation of Canada Gives a New Dimension to Research

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 18, 2011 14:10



Dr. Heather Chalmers performing ultrasound.  Provided by Dr. Heather Chalmers.


Thanks to the generous donation from the Equine Foundation of Canada, the Ontario Veterinary College will be upgrading their ultrasound equipment enabling 3-Dimensional imaging.  Images generated by this unique equipment can be viewed and manipulated interactively.  Measurements of anatomic and pathologic structures will be easier to obtain and more precise.  This technology will be of great assistance advancing Dr. Heather Chalmer’s work on upper airway disease funded through Equine Guelph.  Dr. Chalmer’s work is a joint venture with the Ontario Veterinary College Health Sciences Centre and the Robarts Imaging Institute, who are matching the donation in kind.   Future projects involving tendon imaging are also anticipated with potential for expanding the understanding of muscle degeneration, fine structures in tendons and their healing.  “On behalf of our research team, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Equine Foundation of Canada for their generous donation,” says Dr. Chalmers, OVC radiology. 


Notes to Editor:

Equine Guelph is the horse owners’ and care givers’ Centre at the University of Guelph.  It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups.  Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government – for the good of the equine industry as a whole.  For further information, visit www.equineguelph.ca.






posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 14, 2011 15:08


Have your say!  Visit us at :  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/equineguelph_survey

Knowledge gained from the survey results will allow Equine Guelph to continue to identify areas of research that are of highest priority to the horse industry, improve and develop equine education programs, enhance communication of horse-related information to the horse industry and identify trends among different equine industry groups. 

Equine Guelph’s Survey –Don’t Delay- Have Your Say- before March 31st !

You can help us plan ahead to create the programs you are asking for and enter a draw to WIN one of two gift certificates for an award-winning Equine Guelph online course!


Equine Guelph thanks the OEF, Standardbred Canada and the multitude of horse industry partners distributing this link so their members can take part in this important survey.









News Releases-Federal-Provincial Funding Supports Productivity Improvements for Alberta Businesses

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 6, 2011 19:55

February 04, 2011

Nisku, Alberta

Small- and medium-sized companies in Alberta now have greater access to the business tools, resources and services needed to improve their productivity and competitiveness, thanks to government funding.

Through the Western Economic Partnership Agreement (WEPA), the Governments of Canada and Alberta are contributing $2.4 million each, for a total of $4.8 million, towards the Productivity Alberta initiative to support firms in realizing productivity gains through cost reductions in their operations, improved processes, and more effective management of assets.

This investment will provide small and medium-sized businesses with the resources to succeed in today’s competitive global market place,” said James Rajotte, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Leduc, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. “This will help businesses grow, and create even more jobs in our communities.

This funding will enable Productivity Alberta to significantly expand services and products to rural, small- and medium-sized businesses throughout Alberta,” said Doug Griffiths, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Alberta Finance and Enterprise.  “Connecting businesses with the tools they need to improve their productivity and competitiveness is key to Alberta’s overall economic sustainability.

Funding for Productivity Alberta is supporting key activities such as implementing an online tool to assess productivity performance, connecting companies with technology-based solutions, providing supply chain training, and developing a program to improve energy efficiency among manufacturers.

As an industry-guided service that works collaboratively with organizations across the province, Productivity Alberta’s mandate is to enhance value-added activity, increase innovation, and help build a skilled workforce to improve the long-run competitiveness and sustainability of Alberta’s economy.  More information about Productivity Alberta can be found at http://www.productivityalberta.ca/.

The investments by the Governments of Canada and Alberta are made through the Canada-Alberta Western Economic Partnership Agreement. Through this agreement, Canada and Alberta are jointly contributing $50 million, over four years, to strengthen economic activity and improve quality of life in Alberta communities.

For additional information, contact:

Donna Kinley
Manager, Communications
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Tel: (780) 495-6892

Bart Johnson
Director, Communications
Alberta Finance and Enterprise
Tel: (780) 427-5364
To call toll-free within Alberta dial 310-0000

WD Toll-Free Number:1-888-338-WEST (9378)
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-877-303-3388
WD Website: www.wd-deo.gc.ca.
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What is wrong in the horse industry?

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 6, 2011 17:38

Are you satisfied with how the horse industry is performing?  If not, what do you think is wrong within the horse industry?  Is it the recession?  Is it overbreeding?  Is it import/export restrictions?  Is it restrictions on the meat market?  Is it big breeders?  Is it backyard breeders?  Or is it something else?Do you have a possible solution?www.HorseOwnerToday.com will not publish names and/or contact information, just opinions.  Your contact information is private and will remain private.Email your opinion and contact information to info@horseownertoday.com


Anti-Theft Tips

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 6, 2011 17:07



AS for tips on what you can do to prevent a theft.

If a thief really wants what you have, he's probably going to get it by any means. But you can make it more difficult.

1. The Club is a visual deterent, however as noted in other e-mails it can be beat by cutting the steering wheel.

2. An Alarm system is good if someone hears it and actually gets up to investigate the noise. Theives are fast and can be in and out before you've wiped the sleep from your eyes.

3. A "kill" switch or "immobilizer" is very effective. The vehicle remains where its parked and may suffer damage to door locks and ignition.

4. "On Star" is another product out there that can monitor where your vehicle is. From my experience, there is a time delay between the monitoring station and the Police, if the vehicle is mobile. The location given by On Star could be out by ten minutes or more, and thats alot of travelling time. However, when the vehicle is dumped its quicker to find. At present, On Star will not shut the vehicle down while it is in motion. Still undergoing the safety review.

5. Take a PHOTO of everything.

What your unit looks like: Truck, camper, trailer.

Identify and photograph unique features such as a high-tie to the trailer, tinited windows, mags etc.

Note any bumper stickers.

6. Write down all licence plates, VIN numbers or better yet keep a photocopy of your insurance doc's in a safe place at home.

Verify with your insurance company if you have adequate insurance to cover all your tack.

7. Take a PHOTO of your tack. (After you have cleaned it and its looking like NEW).

8. Most stuff will not have serial numbers but if they do write down.

9. Save all your receipts for your tack when you buy something new or used.

10 Put some identifying mark on your tack. Maybe your drivers licence number up under the stirrup strap or under the jockey when you removed a screw to clean underneath.

Should your tack get stolen and you've reported it to Police. Do some leg work yourself such as contacting consignment tack stores and give them a heads up about whats been stolen. Drop into consignment tack stores and have a look in person for your stuff. Sorry but don't count on Police to do this for you, they usually don't have the resources (manpower).

If your Rig has been left parked for a couple of days, go over it and check your hitch etc before driving away. If an attempt was made to steal your vehicle they may have tried to unhitch the trailer. You may have damage to your door locks or ignition. Do not leave anything valuable in your vehicle! Not even in your trunk. If you can't pack it with you leave it at home. When I go away on a horse trip I don't take my full wallet. I narrow it down to my drivers licence, medical card, one credit card and some cash. That's it.

This has obviously proven to be a great place to send the word out when something does get stolen. The more eyes that are looking the chances of recovery go UP!

I pray that this senseless crime never happens to any of you but for what its worth, I hope this helps you be prepared.

Have a safe fun summer full or lot's of riding!

author Linda Buchanan ( BCHBC member, a CHA level 3 Trail guide and Instructor and an officer with the Abbotsford Police)


“These articles have been  used with the kind permission of the Back Country Horsemen Society of British Columbia.  More interesting articles and downloads can be found at their website at www.bchorsemen.org


1099 Reporting Repeal Amendment Passes

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 4, 2011 14:26



February 4, 2011


Contact: Bridget Harrison




This week the Senate approved an amendment to the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act that will repeal the recent 1099 paperwork mandate.  The amendment was offered by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).


The 1099 paperwork mandate was a provision of the health care bill passed last year that imposes new tax reporting requirements, on every business in the U.S., including those in the horse industry, beginning in 2012. 


There were several attempts to repeal the 1099 requirement last Congress which failed.


“We are glad the Senate has taken this step towards repeal of the new 1099 requirement,” said AHC president Jay Hickey. “There is wide agreement that this is a burdensome requirement for businesses. However, during the last Congress disagreement over details got in the way of repeal. We hope the overwhelming support of this amendment is proof that everyone is now on the same page.”


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Health Care Bill”) that was signed into law last year included a provision broadly-expanding 1099 IRS form reporting requirements starting in 2012.  Currently the law requires 1099s to be sent to any independent contractor that receives $600 or more from a business in a year.  The new requirement requires 1099s be sent not only to independent contractors but also to any individual or corporation from whom a business purchases a total of $600 or more in goods or services in any given year.  Its stated purpose is to identify unreported taxable income, fraudulent tax deductions, and increase tax compliance.


This new requirement will greatly increase the administrative burden on all businesses, particularly small businesses, including those in the horse industry.  For example if a horse farm buys $600 worth of hay and grain from a particular retailer, or purchases buckets and bridles for a total of $600 from a tack shop, or an even buys office supplies of $600 from a supply store over the course of the year, or an individual buys a computer for $700 from a local store, they are required to issue each business a 1099 form that must be completed and returned to the IRS.  This reporting mandate places an added burden on each business involved.  The horse businesses would have to collect information and tax identification numbers for every entity they do $600 worth of business with and mail them forms and the business receiving the forms must complete them.


The Stabenow amendment repeals only the new reporting requirements.  Businesses would still have to send 1099s to independent contractors.


The Senate must now approve the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act which will then be considered by the House. Repeal of the 1099 provision has broad bipartisan support. But the larger bill may or may not pass both the Senate and the House. Therefore, repeal at this juncture is not assured.


Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE), Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Congressman Dan Lungren (R-CA), and Congressmen Steve Scalise (R-LA), have each introduced stand alone bills that would also repeal the 1099 provision. 


“The AHC will continue to work in support of repealing the new 1099 paperwork mandate,” said Hickey. “Repealing the 1099 mandate has broad bipartisan support and we are very optimistic that a fix will be in place before the new requirement goes into effect in 2012.” 


Link to This Article on AHC’s Website




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