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Matthias found the key to "Toti"

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 28, 2012 13:54

Matthias has finally found the key to lovely Totilas. It was a true pleasure to watch the pair at Horses & Dreams in Hagen.

The ride on the horse of the century have finally become a well deserved pleasure for Matthias Alexander Rath. It was easy to see he was able to enjoy the ride and from time to time a big smile appeared on his face.

He felt it, the spectators felt it and the judges felt it and rewarded him and Totilas with their biggest score so far.

If you was not so lucky to be there, watch the videos here:

Grand Prix
Grand Prix Freestyle

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100 mares and 800 race horses to China

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 28, 2012 13:38

The Irish economy has had a tough few years but it’s not all doom and gloom, but one piece of recent good news involved Ireland’s bloodstock industry. Coolmore Stud signed a Euro40m contract with China's horse racing industry to set up a stud farm with over 100 thoroughbred breeding mares and provide as many as 800 race horses......to read entire article http://www.zallina.com/news/breeding/show/565/


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Congress Acts to Protect Commercial Packers in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 23, 2012 12:53


Last week, Congress passed the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Backcountry Access Act, introduced by Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA). The bill directs the National Park Service (NPS) to issue permits to commercial horse and mule packers to operate in the wilderness areas of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Due to a lawsuit the NPS had not yet issued permits for the 2012 season.

“Commercial packers have been taking visitors into these parks for decades, allowing thousands of Americans to experience the backcountry of these parks,” said American Horse Council (AHC) Legislative Director Ben Pendergrass. “Without the leadership of Congressman Nunes who introduced and quickly passed this bill and the help of Senators Boxer and Feinstein Americans may have lost the opportunity to have this fantastic experience. This bill also saved the livelihoods of the commercial pack operators in the park and the jobs of their employees.”   

Congressional action was needed due to a lawsuit filed by the High Sierra Hikers Association against the NPS concerning its management of commercial packer access to the wilderness areas of the parks. In January, a federal judge ruled that the NPS had violated the Wilderness act because it had not adequately addressed commercial stock use in a 2007 park management plan. The NPS then decided not to issue any permits to commercial packers for the 2012 season until the court case was settled. 

The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to continue to issue permits to commercial packers to operate in the parks and complete a new wilderness stewardship plan within 3 years.  The NPS will now have the time it needs to address the judge’s concerns in a new management plan without interrupting the operations of the commercial packers in the parks.

“Preserving commercial and private equestrian access to wilderness is important not just to horse owners, but for everyone who does not have the physical ability to hike in the backcountry and for the communities that rely on jobs created by tourists traveling to our national parks and forests to have these experiences,” said Pendergrass. “We are grateful to Congressman Nunes for taking action when this access was threatened.”   

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As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day.                       
 
The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen's associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils.

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Jackie Johnson, International Trick Trainer - Edmonton Clinic

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 18, 2012 08:29

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What You Should Know Before Your Next Competition How Congress Can Affect Your Ability to Show Your Horse

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 15, 2012 16:26

 

If you are competing in a horse show this weekend, you might not realize it, but decisions   made in Washington, D.C. impact you and your ability to show your horse.  The American Horse Council (AHC) believes it is important everyone involved in showing horses at any level or in any discipline understands that federal legislation and regulations affect them.

A notable example of federal policy directly impacting horse shows is the amount of funding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) receives to prepare for and respond to contagious equine disease outbreaks. Contagious diseases are a major concern for every segment of the horse community, but they can really negatively affect horse shows. “Remember the recent equine herpes outbreak at a reining event in Ogden, Utah,” said AHC Director of Health and Regulatory Affairs, Dudley Hoskins. “State and federal vets and organizations responded quickly to the outbreak.  Even with quick action, horse shows and events were canceled in 36 states and it could have been worse.  That incident was the most recent reminder that there is not a comprehensive federal plan, sufficient funding, or personnel to deal with contagious equine disease outbreaks. The AHC is working to change that and make sure USDA has the resources it needs to safeguard the horse industry.”

Federal policy also impacts competitors and horse shows in numerous other ways.  For example, many trainers, barns, and breeders depend on temporary foreign workers for grooms and farm hands and need the H-2B (non-agricultural) and H-2A (agricultural) foreign worker programs to work efficiently.

“Many people who participate in horse shows don’t understand how important foreign guest workers are to the showing community.” said AHC president Jay Hickey. “Without these workers, who often have years of experience caring for horses, there would be a major shortage of skilled labor in the showing industry. Unfortunately, right now we are fighting new H-2B rules that could make the program too difficult and expensive to use.”

Additionally, quarantine regulations impact equestrians who compete internationally. In January, the AHC requested the USDA allow U.S. horses to travel to CEM-affected regions for up to 90 days before more burdensome re-entry requirements kick in; currently it is 60 days. “Making this change would reduce the stress on U.S. competition horses, reduce the expenses for owners, and provide a more level playing field against our international competitors without increasing the risk of future incursions of CEM,” said Hoskins.

The AHC encourages members of the horse show community to visit its website at www.horsecouncil.org to learn how federal legislation and regulations impact them, and how they can get involved and support the AHC by becoming a member.

“Everyday we are here in Washington talking to Congress and the regulators to make sure they are aware of the concerns and needs of the $ 102 billion horse community. This is the only way to make sure equestrians will continue to have the ability to compete in their chosen equine discipline now and in the future,” said Hickey.

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As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day.                       
 
The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen's associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils.

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Get into the world of the Dublin Horse Show!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 14, 2012 20:30

Have a view on our website for the latest news, to get information about the program, how to find us, the side events, how to get tickets and much more..

http://www.zallina.com/news/jumping/show/539/

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UHC Announces Availability of How to Start and Run a Rescue

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 14, 2012 13:23


WASHINGTON, DC – May 14, 2012 - The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) announces the availability of Dr. Jennifer Williams’ resourceful book dedicated to rescues and sanctuaries, How to Start and Run a Rescue. Every dollar received from the sale of the book will go directly towards the UHC’s 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. “Every rescue can certainly benefit from the topics covered in this book. Dr. Williams has left no stone unturned and has shared a wealth of knowledge from years of experience in the industry,” said Ericka Caslin, UHC Director.

The author, Dr. Jennifer Williams, has started and run two successful rescue organizations, Lone Star Equine Rescue and Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. She obtained a Masters and Doctorate degree from Texas A&M University in Animal Science with an emphasis on equine behavior, learning, and welfare.

The UHC is offering How to Start and Run a Rescue for $20 including shipping and handling. Every dollar of each sale goes directly towards funding the UHC’s Operation Gelding Program. This grant program is the UHC’s effort to help prevent indiscriminate breeding in our nation.

“The UHC is thrilled to be able to offer an amazing, irreplaceable resource to our nation’s rescues, while supporting such an amazing cause as Operation Gelding. It’s important for every rescue to be well-versed in the topics covered in this book, so we can help adopt more horses into loving homes and help more horses in need. The more successful rescues we have, the more horses we can save,” said Caslin.

For information on ordering How to Start and Run a Rescue, please visit: www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org or call 202-296-4031. E-mail orders can be placed by e-mailing Ericka Caslin at: ecaslin@horsecouncil.org. Each book is $20, including shipping and handling.

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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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New Import Measures for Horses Entering Canada from the United States

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 11, 2012 13:16


OTTAWA, May 4, 2012: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is implementing new import measures to protect Canadian livestock from an outbreak of vesicular stomatitis reported in New Mexico, United States.
Effective immediately, horses originating from the state of New Mexico will not be permitted to enter Canada. Canadian horses returning from New Mexico will be allowed entry into Canada if additional import requirements are met. In addition, all horses entering Canada from the United States must be accompanied by official US documents certifying that they have not been in New Mexico within the previous 21 days.
Details on these import measures can be found in the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS).
Vesicular stomatitis is a viral disease that can affect horses, ruminants (such as cattle, sheep and members of the deer and llama families) and swine. It can also cause influenza-like symptoms in people who come into contact with infected animals. Protective clothing should be worn when handling suspect animals to help prevent exposure to the virus.
Canada is currently free of vesicular stomatitis. It was last diagnosed in Canada in 1949. An outbreak of vesicular stomatitis in Canada could result in a loss of markets for live animals, meat and animal genetics.
For more information on vesicular stomatitis call 1-800-442-2342, visit www.inspection.gc.ca or follow us on Twitter for the latest on animal health: www.twitter.com/CFIA_Animals

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Dr. Rick Mitchell Appointed to AHC Board

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 11, 2012 09:29

International veterinarian, Rick Mitchell, DVM, MRCVS, has been named to the American Horse Council Board of Trustees.  Dr. Mitchell has been involved in national and international equine competitions as both a rider and veterinarian.  This summer’s Olympic Games in London will mark his fifth visit to the Olympics as an attending veterinarian for the U.S. Equestrian Team.

Dr. Mitchell will replace David O’Connor, President of the USEF, on the AHC board.  “David has been very important to the AHC board and we appreciate his service and counsel,” noted Russell Williams, AHC chair. 

“The AHC is very pleased to have Dr. Mitchell on the board,” said AHC president Jay Hickey.  “Dr. Mitchell has been chair of the AHC Health and Regulatory Committee for several years and provided great advice and experience.  He is a real ‘two-for’ in that he has veterinary expertise in equine diseases and international experience at the highest level of competition.  As the equine show world gets smaller, that is the type of experience the AHC is fortunate to have.”

Dr. Mitchell was born in Greensboro, NC and lived there throughout childhood, participating in fox-hunting and hunter/jumper competitions into adulthood.

Dr. Mitchell attended Guilford College majoring in biology then received his B.S. from North Carolina State University, and his DVM from Oklahoma State University.  He is currently in private veterinary practice limited to equine medicine and surgery with an emphasis on lameness.  He has been in practice with Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, CT since 1989, where he is president
 
Dr. Mitchell is internationally certified in veterinary acupuncture and equine locomotor pathology and has authored many nationally and internationally published articles and textbook chapters on equine health care.

Dr. Mitchell has served on various boards, including the United States Equestrian Federation, Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He is a founding member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology.

“I am pleased to be on the AHC board and hope I can continue to make even more of a contribution to the AHC and the horse community,” said Dr. Mitchell.

Dr. Mitchell is married, has two children and three grandchildren.


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DOL Withdraws Proposed Child Labor Rules on Farms

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 2, 2012 16:33

 

On April 26, the Obama Administration announced its plans to withdraw a Department of Labor (DOL) proposed child labor rule applicable to agriculture.  The proposed rule would have severely limited the ability of young people to work on farms and ranches. 

“We are pleased the Administration responded to the concerns of the agricultural community and decided against changing the current rules for young people working on farms and ranches. This was a poorly conceived rule and they did the right thing by withdrawing it,” said AHC President Jay Hickey.   

The proposed rule would have placed new limitations on the ability of young people to work for pay on farms or ranches not owned solely by their parents and would have effectively barred employees under 16 from working in most capacities in agriculture, especially around livestock, such as horses.

The AHC had been working with a broad coalition of agricultural organizations to convince the Administration and Congress that these rules were ill-considered, would prevent young people from becoming involved in agriculture, and would negatively impact family farms and ranches. In November 2011, the AHC submitted comments opposing the rule that can be found here.      

“When the DOL proposed this rule we don’t think they completely understood the impact it would have on young people who work in agriculture. Thousands of Americans from the agricultural community, including the horse community submitted comments to the DOL explaining the problems with this rule and also contacted their Member of Congress to express their concerns,” said AHC Legislative Director Ben Pendergrass.  “The Administration listened and withdrew the rule.  This is a good example of the way the system should work.”

The Administration has stated it will not re-propose any new regulations on this issue. Instead it will “work with rural stakeholders to develop an educational program to reduce accidents to young workers and promote safer agricultural working practices.”

The AHC encourages members of the horse community to visit its website www.horsecouncil.org to learn how federal legislation and regulations impact them and how they can get involved.
If you have any questions please contact the AHC.

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As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day.                       

The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen's associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils.

 

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