Under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, the BLM is responsible for managing and preserving wild horses and burros around the country. Over the past few decades, BLM has used a number of controversial management techniques to meet herd quotas required by the law. Approximately 39,000 wild horses and burros roam land managed by the BLM and another 40,000 more are held in BLM facilities like Palomino Valley — the largest holding facility managed by the federal government.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published comprehensive guidelines for the identification, treatment and prevention of Pigeon Fever (Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection), traditionally among the most common infectious diseases in horses in the western United States. During the last decade, however, disease incidence has increased considerably in other regions, including the Midwest.
For twenty one years New Vocations has provided a safety net for retired racehorses leaving the track and on average takes in over 400 horses a year. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio the program has grown to six facilities in: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Serving over 40 racetracks, New Vocations works directly with owners and trainers in need of an aftercare program for their horses. New Vocations has a sound adoption system in place that is proven to move a large number of horses in a rather short period of time. The focus is on adoption verses retirement, believing that each horse deserves to have a home and a purpose. For more information visit www.newvocations.org
The clinicians: Among the presenters who will be participating in the 2013 “Ride With The Best” program in Massachusetts are “general” horse and horsemanship trainers Guy McLean, Julie Goodnight, Ken McNabb, Craig Cameron, and Stacy Westfall. Those conducting clinics in English disciplines will include Phillip Dutton (eventing), Jan Ebeling and Pam Goodrich (dressage), Diane Carney (hunters and jumpers), and Daniel Stewart (equestrian sport psychology over fences). Those offering clinics in the western disciplines will include Stacy Westfall (reining), Connie Combs (barrel racing), and Troy Green (western pleasure). Geno Middleton will present clinics on training and riding easy gaited horses, Steve Edwards will train mules and donkeys, Clay Maier will perfect long lining skills, and Mark Bolender will share his expertise in the emerging sports of mountain trail, extreme trail, and competitive trail riding. (Consult www.equineaffaire.com for continuously-updated information on additional clinicians confirmed after press time.)
The report sheds new light on the BLM’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget request, which continues the agency’s practice of spending nearly 70 percent of the wild horse program budget to roundup, remove and stockpile horses and less than 4 percent on in-the-wild management, including fertility control, to keep wild horses on the range. This approach forces a crisis in which 50,000, or 3 out of 5, wild horses live in government warehouses, costing taxpayers $120,000 a day just to feed the stockpiled horses. The BLM program cost taxpayers $80 million last year.
The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events, is honored to announce Elizabeth Kruse of McLean, Va., as Youth Ambassador of the 2013 show.
Kruse, 16, is a rising junior at Langley High School in McLean, and competes often. She showed at WIHS last year for the first time and competed at the WIHS Regional Horse Show in 2009. She has attended WIHS for many years with her friends and family and was on the WIHS Junior Committee in 2012. Originally from Minnesota, Kruse has been riding for many years and brings knowledge and excitement along with her love of horses and horse sport to the role of WIHS Youth Ambassador.
The winner of the $5,000 Chronicle of the Horse 75th Anniversary Tack Makeover Contest sponsored by Arc de Triomphe (ADT) is Jennifer Bianchi, of Edmund, OK. Bianchi won a package of products including our gorgeous Classique Saddle with matching girth and leathers, a matching bridle with reins, and an ADT saddle pad.
Just two weeks after launching the FEI Awards 2013, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body of equestrian sport, has already received dozens of nominations. Many of these are for the Development category, which rewards an individual or organisation dedicated to making equestrian sport accessible to a wider public. Past recipients of the FEI Development Award are still enhancing lives through their work with horses. Thanks to the efforts of Ros Spearing, founder of the Ebony Horse Club, winner of the FEI Development Award 2010, more than 700 children now enjoy a riding centre, incongruously located in Brixton, London.
Horses are embedded in our culture and our memories. The horse has an athleticism, grace and power. Beyond the horses physical attributes and his contributions to human well-being I am astounded, above all else, by his inner self, his spirit and his sweet and generous nature. The horse’s adaptability and willingness to serve us has earned them a special place in our hearts. He is not a conquest of man. It is his nature to accept ‘what is’ with nobility. I think horses have helped give all of us in this room a wonderful life. Thanks to them I have received great personal satisfaction and felt closer to nature. Countless people experience the fulfillment of spending their days around horses. This is one of the best way to use one’s time on earth. We are together tonight because of our bond with horses, let us protect and guard these wonderful creatures to the best of our ability.