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Lisa Slade

January 15, 2014

Updated: Horse Slaughter Ban Passes House And Senate

The bill funding the government for Fiscal Year 2014—which includes language that would de-fund inspections of horse slaughter plans, effectively banning slaughter in the United States—has passed the House of Representatives and the Senate and was signed into law by President Obama Jan. 17. The budget bill doesn’t allocate funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections of equine slaughterhouses.

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., added the language to the FY2014 Appropriations bill, which funds the Department of Agriculture, in June.

January 6, 2014

Going For 10s On The Final Day Of The Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic

Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 6

For the final day of the 2014 Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic, riders got to put all the skills they’d learned throughout the week to the test—literally. Each rode a test at her own level and then was judged by either FEI four-star judge Janet Foy or FEI five-star judge Linda Zang.

While the judges still found plenty that needed improvement, wanting the riders to strive for 8s, 9s or even 10s instead of being comfortable with 7s, Robert Dover noted the different in each young rider from the beginning of the sessions.

January 5, 2014

Farrington Fares Well Again At Mar-a-Lago

Palm Beach, Fla.—Jan. 5   

The saying goes that hindsight is 20/20, but sometimes foresight can be that as well.

January 4, 2014

The Focus Is On The Basics At The Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic

Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 4

While participants at this year’s Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic are getting a well-rounded education in saddle fit, sports psychology, equine nutrition, media relations, shoeing, equine sports medicine and personal fitness, they’re also doing something much more basic—taking dressage lessons.

December 31, 2013

EHV-1 Confirmed In North Carolina

A stable in Wake County, N.C., has reported cases of the neurological form of the equine herpes virus, EHV-1. The North Carolina Department Of Agriculture And Consumer Services released an update Dec. 30 stating that the facility is quarantined.

December 20, 2013

FEI Votes To Keep Intermediaire II In 2014

At its Dec. 18 meeting, the Federation Equestre Internationale Dressage Committee voted to keep the Intermediaire II in prize lists for 2014. The FEI had previously stated that Intermediaire II wouldn’t be allowed at all during 2014 in favor of the new “medium tour,” the Intermediaire A and B tests. The Intermediaire A and B will also be offered next season. 

December 19, 2013

Michael Etherington-Smith To Design Plantation Field Cross-Country

Plantation Field Equestrian Events has announced Michael Etherington-Smith as the cross-country course designer for the 2014 Plantation Field CIC***, scheduled for Sept. 19-21 in Unionville, Pa. 

December 16, 2013

Court Lifts Horse Slaughter Ban

A federal appeals court on Dec. 14 removed the temporary ban preventing horse slaughter plants from opening.

The Federal Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver lifted the emergency ban barring the U.S. Department of Agriculture from conducting inspections on slaughter plants in three states—Iowa, Missouri and New Mexico—because the animal rights groups “failed to meet their burden for an injunction.”   

December 7, 2013

New Vice President, New Secretary, New Tests At 2013 Adequan USDF Annual Meeting

Lexington, Ky.—Dec. 8

In the past, contentious discussions and debates have filled the Adequan/USDF Annual Meeting board of governors' meetings. But this year, as with last, everyone seemed in agreement with the decisions being made.

There were some new faces, however, or at least some familiar faces stepping into new roles.

December 6, 2013

John Long Departing USEF Next Year

Current U.S. Equestrian Federation CEO John Long has announced that he will resign the position next June. Long has been USEF CEO since 2003.

“I don’t have any plans yet,” he said. “I’m not going to start to think about that until late winter. There are still too many things I want to get done, and I have to be invested in one thing and not thinking about something else. I want to slow down a little bit; I have children and grandchildren, and I’d like to travel where I want to travel and do some other fun things.”

The USEF will begin seeking Long’s successor shortly.

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