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O’Malley & Animal Kingdom have a chit chat

Governor Martin O’Malley will visit the Fair Hill Training Center on Friday morning, May 20 before he heads to Pimlico for the Black-Eyed Susan. While at Fair Hill, O’Malley will visit with Maryland-based trainer Graham Motion and his Derby winner Animal Kingdom as they make their final preparations for the for the 136th running of The Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 22. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Miss the deadline for the June print edition of The Equiery? Need to sell something fast? No problem! Classifieds can be posted at anytime on – just visit or call 1-800-244-9580 for more...

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146 Horses in Various Stages of Neglect; 6 Euthanized

SUBJECT LINE: 146 Horses in Various Stages of Neglect; 6 Euthanized On Thursday, April 28, 2011, the owner of the Polish Arabian breeding farm Canterbury (in Centreville, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland) voluntary relinquished 13 severely neglected and malnourished horses, 6 of which had to be immediately euthanized according to WJZ Channel 13.  133 horses in various stages of neglect and malnutrition remain on the farm. Authorities are considering criminal neglect charges. According to Days End Farm Horse Rescue, which is helping to lead the multi-agency rescue effort, the impound is so large that private facilities are being solicited house, treat, and rehabilitate the animals. Thirteen critical care cases are being transported to a Days End Farm Horse Rescue Satellite facility outside of Hagerstown. Paradise Stables in Mount Airy has agreed to accept up to 70 horses. Days End Farm Horse Rescue is also working to find ways to defray the financial burden that each individual horse creates for the private farms accepting the horses.  The Humane Society of the United States will be assisting with the some of the initial costs and the initial veterinary services are being offered by a volunteer veterinarian corp.  However, additional monies will be needed to complete their rehabilitation, evaluation and eventual adoption. Days End estimates that the initial cost per horse in this condition for the first six months will be approximately $5,000....

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Morgan Leadline Classes Now Require Protective Headgear

On March 21, the USEF Executive Committee approved an Extraordinary Rule Change for the Morgan Division of the USEF Rule Book. Extraordinary Rule Changes simply mean that once passed, the rule becomes effective immediately.  The rule only effect the Leadline division, now stating that all exhibitors in those classes must wear protective headgear at all times while mounted. The rule change was put forward by the board of the American Morgan Horse Association just weeks after the USEF passed similar protective headgear rule changes for the disciplines of Dressage and Eventing. AMHA is also considering proposing that exhibitors in Walk/Trot classes wear protective headgear as well, but this change is still being discussed among the association. USEF President David O’Connor stated, “We applaud the American Morgan Horse Association for this bold, forward-thinking move.” The Equiery wants to know what you think! Do you think more breed associations should follow AMHA’s example? Email and we’ll add your comments to the article “The Death of the Top Hat” on our...

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Government Shutdown Could Impact Horse Industry

The American Horse Council reports at this time Congress has failed to come to an agreement regarding a bill to fund the government for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year.  The current Continuing Resolution funding the government is set to expire at midnight tonight.  If an agreement is not reached by that time non-essential government operations, many that impact the horse industry and equestrians, could cease.  Should a shutdown occur, it could impact the U.S Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) response to disease outbreaks, procedures for the import and export of horses, recreation on federal land, and temporary worker programs. At this time, government agencies are still working on their shutdown plans and determining essential and non-essential operations. USDA One of the cornerstones of the U.S. horse industry includes the import and export of domestic and foreign horses on both a permanent and temporary basis.  The horse industry relies on USDA to maintain and operate import, export, and quarantine facilities for horses traveling into and out of the U.S.  It is unclear at this time whether USDA will deem all, part, or none of these import, export, and quarantine services to be essential and therefore continue to operate in the event of a government shutdown. USDA is also responsible for the enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA), and because the HPA is related to law enforcement activities it...

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Job Opening: State Stable Inspector

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has finally released its official version of a “help wanted” ad. As regular Equiery readers know, the doyenne of the Maryland State Stable Inspectors, Beverly Raymond, retired in December after close to forty years on the job. Government being government, it took a little while for the position to receive an updated description and be cleared for release. Now the job is officially open and ready to be filled! It is actually a dual position, as the inspector will work for both the Maryland Horse Industry Board and the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Suitable applicants must like to drive, as they will be on the road all the time. They will spend their days driving to stables and vet hospitals in western and northern counties. Candidates also need to be okay with occasional weekend and evening work. Diplomacy is crucial for this job, as the purpose of the job is to bring stables and hospitals into compliance with the law for health care, safety and sanitary reasons, not to sit in judgment of the facilities. Qualified candidates should not abhor paperwork, as there is quite a bit of that too…so organizational skills and administrative skills will make the job a whole lot easier. The official job description states: “Duties include completing inspection forms, making recommendations for corrective action, issuing certificates, preparing reports...

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Contact Your Legislator About Race Track Renewal Funds

UPDATE On March 16, 2011, The Baltimore Sun published an editorial arguing against the Race Track Renewal Fund legislation. The Sun also published an editorial by Steuart Pittman (Dodan Farm, Davidsonville and the president of the Maryland Horse Council) arguing in favor of the legislation. The title The Sun gave to Mr. Pittman’s editorial incorrectly identifies these funds as “subsidies.” Original Article Published March 16, 2011 The Maryland racing industry is reaching out to the rest of the horse community in an effort to pass the Race Track Renewal Fund bill, which as been crossfiled as House Bill 1039 and Senate Bill 848. (Although there are technically two bills, because they are the same language, we will refer to them as one bill.) The Maryland Horse Council, which serves as the umbrella group for all horse organizations in Maryland, including racing and sport/pleasure groups issued a call to action: LET MARYLAND HORSES RUN! Pass House Bill 1039 / Senate Bill 848 The Maryland Horse Council is calling on ALL horse people, no matter the breed or the sport, to show their support for racetrack renewal funding by attending the hearings this week. For more information, click here or to directly contact your representatives (to find out who they are and all of their contact information) click here and type in your address. When contacting your legislator in writing or...

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