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December 18, 2014

Horse Slaughter Ban Continues Into Fiscal Year 2015

The $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress on Dec. 15 and signed by President Barack Obama on Dec. 17 includes language that maintains the ban on horse slaughter in the United States. 

The legislation prohibits the U.S. Department of Agriculture from using funds for inspections at equine processing plants, and it means no new slaughterhouses can open before Sept. 15, 2015.

December 16, 2014

Alden Suspended For GABA Violation

Hunter/jumper trainer Winn Alden of Bristow, Va., will be suspended for five months and fined $5,000 after a horse she exhibited, Cameo Appearance, was found by the U.S. Equestrian Federation to have gamma-aminobutyric acid in its body in excess of normal levels.

GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which can act as a tranquilizer. It is the main ingredient in the Carolina Gold supplement, though it’s not known if Carolina Gold was used in this instance.

December 15, 2014

European Union Suspends Imports Of Horsemeat From Mexico

The European Union’s council decided Dec. 8 to suspend the importation of horsemeat from Mexico. The meat will still be allowed into the EU until March 15, 2015, as part of a transitional period, as long as the importer demonstrates the products were certified and dispatched prior to Jan. 15, 2015.

December 8, 2014

USDF Convention Report: Balanced Budgets And New Tests

For the third year in a row, the Adequan USDF Annual Convention, held Dec. 3-7 in Cambridge, Mass., boasted record short meetings. But there was still plenty of discussion about the organization’s past—the USDF instructor certification program celebrated its 25th anniversary this year—and about its future—how to continue drawing new dressage fans.

December 3, 2014

What’s Coming Up At The USDF Convention

When it comes to dressage rule proposals for 2015—up for discussion at this week's U.S. Dressage Federation Annual Convention in Cambridge, Mass., before a vote at the U.S. Equestrian Federation Annual Meeting (Ky.) in January—there are only five of them, and none seem likely to incite much controversy. Think differently? Let us know in the comments. 

The proposed rules are:

DR 121.4 

December 2, 2014

FEI Releases Statement On Investigation Into 2012 World Endurance Championships

The Fédération Equestre Internationale announced today, Dec. 2, that it's completed an investigation into allegations of a horse switch for the 2012 Longines FEI World Endurance Championships (Great Britain). The FEI said no legal action can be taken "for procedural reasons and due to a lack of conclusive evidence."

November 21, 2014

Equestrian’s NCAA Future Remains Undecided

The National Collegiate Athletic Association hasn’t yet revealed a final decision on the future of equestrian within the organization, but another college is dropping the sport in response to the uncertainty.

November 14, 2014

FDA Issues Warning Regarding Unapproved Ulcer Medications

On Nov. 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it issued nine warning letters to companies marketing and selling unapproved medications containing omeprazole. All of the FDA-unapproved drugs in question state they cure, prevent or treat equine gastric ulcer syndrome.

November 10, 2014

Helen Langehanenberg Loses Ride On Damon Hill NRW

The German Equestrian Federation released a statement today, Nov. 10, stating that Helen Langehanenberg will no longer compete or ride her partner for Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games gold, Damon Hill NRW.

Lawyers for owner Christian Becks said negotiations with the rider failed.

“The ideas about the conditions were too far apart," said Becks, who added that the 14-year-old Westphalian stallion (Donnerhall—Romanze, Rubinstein I) will not be sold but will remain with the family.

November 2, 2014

Crabo Clinches Her First CCI*** Win At Galway Downs

Temecula, Calif.—Nov. 2

 What does it feel like to earn your first three-star win on a horse you bred yourself? A 15-year-old horse who, until a few weeks ago, you thought would never do another CCI? Barbara Crabo can’t tell you—at least not exactly.

“I’m trying not to swear!” she said. “But it feels awesome. I was there when he was born, and I was the first one on him. I’ve done everything with him, and it means everything to me.”

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