Obama Budget Could Halt Horse Plant Inspections Through 2015

Funding for USDA horse processing plant inspections would be eliminated through 2015 under a request contained in the $3.9 trillion budget proposal revealed this week by President Barack Obama. But one horse processing advocate believes the budget plan could violate North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) provisions. Horse processing has not taken place in the United States since 2007, when a combination of court rulings and legislation shuttered the last two domestic equine...

Ticketing for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy

Opening of the final phase of ticketing for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. This is a definitive stage where the Organising Committee puts individual tickets on sale to the public. Based on the number of messages and calls already received, this is a much-awaited stage and one likely to be a great success. So to Normans, horse riding fans and extravaganza enthusiasts wishing to attend the largest equestrian competition in the world in Normandy from 23 August...

House Praised for Approving Farm Bill Funding to Help Save Working Farm and Ranch Lands

One of the nation’s leading conservation groups, the Land Trust Alliance, praised the U.S. House of Representatives today for approving a Farm Bill conference report, 251-166, that will provide more than $1 billion for a new consolidated conservation program to save working farm and ranch lands over the next five years. The Senate is expected to approve the bill as soon as next week.


USA Equestrian Trust Awards Nearly $240,000 in First Round of 2012 Grants

by Diana De Rosa In its largest round of grant funding to date, USA Equestrian Trust has awarded nearly $240,000 to 11 equine non-profits that applied by the first of the foundation's two 2012 application deadlines. The $239,780 in grants is an increase of 21 percent compared to 2011. That mirrored the continued dramatic jump in interest in the Trust's grants program, which saw applications rise...

Back Country Horsemen of America Names New Executive Director

by Sarah Wynne Jackson As the leading organization saving trails for horse use, Back Country Horsemen of America continues to grow and expand. They have 27 member state organizations across the nation with a combined membership of 13,000, and those members have cumulatively provided $63,000,000 worth of trails work over the last 16 years. They have also preserved our right to ride horses on...

Vet Groups Call for Ban on Action Devices, Performance Packages in Tennessee Walking Horse Industry

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) today called for a ban on the use of action devices and performance packages in the training and showing of Tennessee Walking Horses. These devices and packages are implicated in the practice of soring, which is the abusive act of intentionally inflicting pain to accentuate a horse’s gait.

“Reinvigorating the Horse Industry” at AHC National Issues Forum

The American Horse Council’s National Issues Forum, entitled “Reinvigorating the Horse Industry,” will feature a new national marketing initiative for the horse industry that involves ten national associations and large corporate industry stakeholders.  It will be announced at the forum on June 26 in Washington, DC, during the AHC’s annual meeting, which will run from June 25 to 27 at the Washington Court Hotel. 

American Horse Publications Awards Excellence in Equine Publishing Media

American Horse Publications rode into history in 2012 in Colonial Williamsburg and 62 members made history in equine publishing during the AHP “Ride Into History” Seminar. The three-day conference held May 31 to June 2 was jammed-packed with educational sessions and activities, but on Saturday evening, the winners in the AHP Annual Awards Competition took center stage.