Miami Equine Quarantine Center Closure by USDA

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 16, 2019—Out of an abundance of caution, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is temporarily closing the Miami Animal Import Center to new arrivals after a handful of horses quarantined at the facility became sick. APHIS is investigating to determine the specific cause of illness in these horses, however, officials suspect salmonella, and the facility is taking precautions to stop further disease spread. The temporary closure is effective on Saturday, January 19, 2019. APHIS is conducting environmental testing at the facility, and the samples will be sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories for diagnostic testing. Before...

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Trainer/Coach abuse of Young Riders

Today the New York Times published a story providing further details on now-deceased equestrian trainer Jimmy Williams and his abuse of young riders. In addition to describing Williams’ inappropriate and unacceptable actions, the article also discusses how painfully difficult it can be for survivors, athletes, and even parents to recognize the signs of abuse and report it. US Equestrian wants you to know: if you are a victim of abuse, it is never too late to come forward and make a report. You will be supported and an investigation will be conducted. Better safeguards are now in place to prevent abuse and...

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How will the Eclipse affect my Horse?

[caption id="attachment_1004" align="alignright" width="300"] (Photo: Martin Bernetti, AFP/Getty Images)[/caption] A total solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S. on August 21, the first time on the U.S. mainland since 1979. Depending on where you live in the United States, up to 99.4% of the sun will be covered by the moon. What does that mean for your horse, donkey, mule, or even other non-equine pets? The path, in which the moon's shadow sweeps across the Earth's surface, will cross parts of 12 states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. We spoke...

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FEI World Cup™ Dressage: #TwoHearts put on their dancing shoes

[caption id="attachment_203" align="alignright" width="250"] Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Flirt enjoy a #TwoHearts moment after claiming the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2016 title at Gothenburg (SWE) last March.[/caption] Since the FEI’s successful #TwoHearts campaign was launched in the countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the concept of horse and rider as a single athletic entity has captivated and inspired competitors and fans and, in the discipline of Dressage, that singularity of body and mind is particularly evident. So there is great anticipation ahead of the first leg of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European...

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USEF Submits Comment on USDA’s Proposed Amendments to Horse Protection Regulations

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has submitted a comment in response to the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposed amendments to the regulations that implement the Horse Protection Act. In its comment, the USEF seeks to partner with the USDA in the eradication of soring in equestrian sport. The USEF commends the USDA in its efforts to strengthen the regulations and further protect horses from the practice of soring. Dedicated to upholding horse welfare, this comment is a part of the USEF's on-going efforts to modify and implement rules that eliminate cheating, doping, and abuse in the sport....

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