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Equine Extravaganza, with Rags-to-Riches Talent Search, Collaborates with Unwanted Horse Coalition

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 25, 2012 07:40



Washington, DC – August 21, 2012. The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) announces its newest member, Equine Extravaganza.

Equine Extravaganza is a Mid-Atlantic region equine trade show that occurs in Richmond, Virginia in November each year. This year marks Equine Extravaganza’s eighth anniversary and the event will occur between November 2nd and 4th. The mission of the Equine Extravaganza is to provide an annual comprehensive horse industry exposition that will promote all aspects of the Mid-Atlantic horse industry and offer a variety of educational opportunities for horse enthusiasts of all types and across all disciplines.

The Rags-to-Riches Talent Search is the newest feature of Equine Extravaganza’s Horse Rescue Initiative, which aims to promote the adoption of unwanted horses and aid for horse rescue groups. The Rags-to-Riches Talent Search will feature rescued superstar horses and their comeback journey, giving the selected rescuers and their rescued steeds the chance to share their story and strut their stuff for Equine Extravaganza fans, both online and at the event.

The competition, which will be held on November 3rd at the Equine Extravaganza, will feature these rescued horses’ talents that may range from jumping, dressage, liberty work, flatwork, tricks, barrels, or other unique abilities. The horses’ stories may be equally as heartwarming and entertaining as their talents. The goals of the competition are to showcase the rescued horses’ talents, highlight their potential as spectacular partners, and educate attendees about rescued horses and horse rescues in an effort to increase support for horse rescues nationwide.

The panel of celebrity judges will include, Harry De Layer, owner of Snowman, and Elizabeth Letts, author of The Eighty Dollar Champion, the story of Harry and Snowman. The judges will select the winner of the Rags-to-Riches competition and the winner will be awarded a cash prize. A special care package will be given to a rescue of the owner’s choice.

“Equine Extravaganza is committed to encouraging adoption of unwanted horses whenever possible,” said Vicki O’Hara, President of Equine Extravaganza. “We began our Horse Rescue Initiative 3 years ago with a showcase of horses that are available for adoption. This year we’ve taken it a step further by including our Rags-to-Riches Rescue Horse Talent Search, which will give our attendees a flavor of the magic that can happen when these horses are given a second chance.”

The UHC is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the umbrella of the American Horse Council. The Coalition’s mission is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and to improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety, and responsible care and disposition of these horses. 

“The Equine Extravaganza is an event that is truly dedicated to helping our nation’s unwanted horses and aiding rescue horses and facilities. The UHC is looking forward to collaborating with the Equine Extravaganza and the Rags-to-Riches Talent Search Competition,” said Ericka Caslin, UHC director.

For more information about Equine Extravaganza, the Rags-To-Riches Talent Search, and how you can enter your rescue horse, please visit http://www.equineextravaganza.com.

Additional information about the Unwanted Horse Coalition is available by logging on to www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org or by calling 202-296-4031.

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The Unwanted Horse Coalition
The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.


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AAEP Helps Continue Operation Gelding Program

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 21, 2012 11:01

 


WASHINGTON, DC – August 14, 2012 – Thanks to a generous donation from the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation (AAEP), The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is able to continue its Operation Gelding program.  The Operation Gelding program provides funds and materials to assist organizations, associations and events that wish to sponsor clinics to which horse owners can bring their stallions to be castrated.  Since the program was initiated in September 2010, Operation Gelding has assisted in gelding 489 stallions and has provided $24,450 in grant money to organizations that have hosted Operation Gelding castration clinics.
"The UHC is pleased to announce that the AAEP Foundation will be donating $15,000 to the Operation Gelding program to help continue this important effort and aid in the castration of 300 additional stallions. With this charitable donation, the AAEP is dedicated to making a positive impact on unwanted horses and the entire equine industry,” said Dr. Douglas Corey, Chairman of the UHC.
The UHC will provide information and forms necessary to conduct a clinic, along with seed money to defray the costs.  Funds of $50 per horse gelded with a $1,000 maximum will be awarded to groups once a year.  Assistance will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis, subject to available resources.  Organizations can apply by filling out the Operation Gelding Funding Form provided by the UHC.  Funds will be awarded once the clinic is complete and a veterinary statement is provided.  Any organization, association or event can participate in the UHC’s Operation Gelding program, the UHC wants to involve as many groups as possible.
"The American Association of Equine Practitioners, through our Foundation, is once again very pleased to be a part of the UHC's Operation Gelding Program. It is very encouraging to see so many organizations throughout the industry hosting clinics and working together to help horses in need,” said David Foley, AAEP Executive Director.
Ericka Caslin, UHC Director, said, “We are so thankful to be able to continue this important nationwide program, thanks to the generosity of the AAEP.”
In addition to Operation Gelding, the UHC is offering the resourceful guidebook, How to Start and Run a Rescue, written by Dr. Jennifer Williams of Lone Star Equine Rescue and Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, for the low cost of $20 including shipping and handling. All of the proceeds from the sales of the book will go directly to the Operation Gelding program.
How to Start and Run a Rescue is an indispensable resource that offers practical and insightful advice to those who are interested in starting a rescue or those who may already have a rescue, but may need help improving upon their business. The book covers topics such as formation of a nonprofit, fundraising, public relations and marketing, formulating policies, successful bookkeeping, and much more. Dr. Williams discusses the complex issues involved in founding a rescue, long-term management, and improving upon a currently existing rescue.
Upcoming Operation Gelding clinics will be held in the fall in New Mexico, Michigan, Washington, Oklahoma, and Maryland.
For more information on Operation Gelding or how to purchase How to Start and Run a Rescue please contact Ericka Caslin, UHC director, at ecaslin@horsecouncil.org or 202-296-4031. Visit the UHC website at: www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org.
The Unwanted Horse Coalition
The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.

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Inland NW Horse Expo moves to Spring 2013

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 10, 2012 10:57


Why the move? We wanted the Inland NW Horse Expo to be a great value for everyone involved and we know that means offering the very best in vendors, clinicians, demonstrations and services, in premium facilities.  Moving the Expo dates will allow us to do just that on May 3rd, 4th and 5th  2013!
The location remains at the Grant County Fairgrounds, but will be in the Ardell Pavilion, a venue that offers more amenities…restrooms, food concession in the building, more power, and larger vendor accommodations.  Overall, we are excited about the move to the Ardell Pavlion.  
You will still see great clinicians this spring.  Richard Shrake the creator of Resistance free® Riding and Training methods, and Resistance Free® Certified Coach Program with have session on Dressage and Reining.  Raye Lochert teaches a more effective method of communication with the horse with his sessions on Horse Problem Solving.  Rick Brighton natural gaited horsemanship helps riders improve with session to Evaluating Gaited Horse, Horsemanship for Gait, Tack for Gaited Horses and more.  Joan Curtin focuses on the rider’s need to establish pace and balance with session on how Longeing at different levels. Chrissy Wayne who will talk about Judging.  Larry Dacy sessions on More than Shoes will provide his insights as a farrier and trainers.  David Bodin the Horse Trailer Guru will have session to make your horse trailer the best for you and your horse.  Lucia Clemetson will show expo attendees the information you need to prepare your horse for the show ring with HAPS sessions.  Mike Miller from Land O Lakes will talk Nutrition and Body Scoring.  Theses clinicians will be joined by BCHW, WSU Vet Med Equine Group and more to provide great session every hour of the expo. 
Because we will be moving dates to spring we will be able to increase the number of vendors.  Many potential vendors expressed regret that they were unable to participate this Fall.  With the new dates we can add to our current roster of great companies like Triple Crown, EquiPride & EquiLix, Hoof Grid, DMA Fencing/Bayco Finish Line, and Columbia River Tack.  We encourage everyone to support these companies now and at the Expo.
In today’s economy committing to sponsoring a new event is entrepreneurial and we look forward to these companies continued support.   Postponing the Expo until May allows us to pursue additional partnerships in our commitment to make the Inland NW Horse Expo a premier event.  The Expo would also like to express our appreciation for our great sponsors; Inland Cellular, AmeriStay, Remuda Ranch Paint Horses, Big R, Danny’s Tavern and www.HorseOwnerToday.com.
Mark your calendars for May 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2013 at the Ardell Pavilion on the Grant County Fairgrounds!  Follow our progress on our website www.inlandnwhorseexpo.com or our Facebook page as we continue to update and expand the Inland NW Horse Expo!

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EQUINE CANADA, the Olympics and FEI's Hypersensitivity Protocol

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 8, 2012 15:15

CLARIFICATION ON THE STATEMENT FROM EQUINE CANADA REGARDING THE DISQUALIFICATION OF VICTOR, CANADIAN SHOW JUMPER FROM THE 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES August 8, 2012, London, England - Equine Canada has issued the following further statements regarding the International Equestrian Federation's (FEI) hypersensitivity testing protocol. "Equine Canada agrees that the FEI's hypersensitivity protocol is in place to protect the welfare of the horse and the fairness of our sport," states Mr. Gallagher. "Victor sustained a superficial cut on the front of the left front coronary band," states Canadian Olympic Team Veterinarian for Jumping Dr. Sylvie Surprenant. "In our opinion the horse was fit to compete as he showed no signs of lameness. However the FEI hypersensitivity protocol is such that if the horse is sensitive to the touch, regardless of the cause, the horse is disqualified. While the FEI rules for the hypersensitivity protocol were followed, we believe that there should be a review of this protocol." "We feel that further discussion of the hypersensitivity protocol needs to take place in order to ensure a balance is reached between the philosophical intent and the real-world application. Canada looks forward to playing a role in those discussions along with other nations within the FEI family," states Mr. Gallagher "Equine Canada wants to make it clear that there is absolutely no accusation of any wrongdoing on the part of our athlete Tiffany Foster or any member of the Canadian Team. Equine Canada fully stands behind and supports our athlete Tiffany Foster, as well as our entire team. Everyone at Equine Canada and the Canadian Olympic Team are disheartened and extremely disappointed over the premature ending of Tiffany Foster's Olympic dream, and remain fiercely proud of both her incredible sportsmanship and athletic achievements," states Mr. Gallagher.

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Equine Guelph Combats Colic with Your Help!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 4, 2012 09:17



 
 
Guelph, ON. - Colic is the number one killer of horses (other than old age!) and Equine Guelph is launching a comprehensive colic survey across Canada to better understand colic management practices in the industry and how people are dealing with colic. "Understanding the horse owners' experiences with colic will assist in developing targeted educational programs," says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. 
 
Results from the survey will help develop Equine Guelph's Colic Prevention Program that includes a Colic Risk Rater and a Colic Prevention eWorkshop (a two-week online short course) with the aim of reducing horse owners' risk of colic. Dr. Judith Koenig, associate professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, states, "Colic is a major health issue facing horse owners both emotionally and financially. If horse owners are able to reduce their risk of colic through management, it will improve both the overall health and welfare of the horse." 
 
This is the first survey of its kind in Canada. The survey takes about 15-20 minutes and is available online through www.EquineGuelph.ca. The survey will be open from July 25th September 25th, 2012.
Participants of the survey will be entered into a draw for a chance to win one of two registrations to Equine Guelph's upcoming Colic Prevention eWorkshop!
 
In addition to funding from Standardbred Canada, investment in this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Ontario, this program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council. 
 
For more information about Equine Guelph's Colic Prevention Program, visit www.EquineGuelph.ca/education/colic.
 
                                                                 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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