The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) will launch Equine 2015 in May—NAHMS third national study of the U.S. equine industry. As with NAHMS’ 1998 and 2005 equine studies, Equine 2015 is designed to provide participants, industry, and animal-health officials with information on the nation’s equine population that will serve as a basis for education, service, and research related to equine health and management, while providing the industry with new and valuable information regarding trends in the industry for 1998, 2005, and 2015.
For this study, NAHMS asked equine owners, industry stakeholders, and government officials to provide input and define the information needs of the equine industry. From this process, seven study objectives were identified:
• Describe trends in equine care and health management for study years 1998, 2005, and 2015.
• Estimate the occurrence of owner-reported lameness and describe practices associated with the management of lameness.
• Describe health and management practices associated with important equine infectious diseases.
• Describe animal health related costs of equine ownership.
• Evaluate control practices for gastrointestinal parasites.
• Evaluate equines for presence of ticks and describe tick-control practices used on equine operations.
• Collect equine sera along with equine demographic information in order to create a serum bank for future studies.
Exciting Appaloosa news from the Reined Cow Horse Championships in Fort Worth:
Deborah Anderson rode Signed Prescription (High Sign Nugget x Ima Docs Dolly) to the Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship with a composite 429 score (216 rein/213 cow). The Championship paid $2,693.75 and came with a Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Kit and Charlie Moncrief, a Gist buckle sponsored by Smart Boons/Eric & Wendy Dunn, boots from Rios of Mercedes, a gift certificate from Platinum Performance, and a World Finals jacket from Hickory Holly Time and Gardiner Quarter Horses.
Anderson admitted she was incredibly nervous before her run. However, she said, “this time I just really wanted to try and do my best, and just enjoy every second of it.”
Deb has owned “Sadie” since she was a 2 year old, and until she was five, she hauled her to cutting shows as her turn back horse. When her cutter needed time off, she decided to show her as a hackamore horse in the reined cow horse The next year she didn’t compete on her, but instead rode her as her trail horse. Deb has always wanted to show cow horse seriously, and decided she better send her to get trained as a bridle horse. She choose to send her to John Swales, who showed her successfully in the two rein.
This past year she had a goal to qualify for the World Show and learn how to show a cow horse. This season she won two shows, and her trainer, Travis Rempel showing in the Limited Open won Championship titles in Canada and the Northwest Region as well as the preliminaries here at the Celebration of Champions and tying for Reserve Champion Limited Open Bridle Finals for a paycheck of $2,307.60.
Anderson said, “This is my once in a lifetime horse, I will never sell her.” Her plans for Sadie, now 10, is to take her home and raise some foals.
Photo Credit: Primo Morales Photography
American Horse Publications is an organization that works to promote excellence in the communications world. It also helps member groups such as ApHC by conducting an annual survey of the equine business climate. You input really is important, so, if you are a horse owner, please take the time to complete the survey. Thanks.
The Certified Horsemanship Association Webinar Series is held monthly with topics ranging from how to handle your taxes in an equine program, risk management, equine educational opportunities at colleges/universities, what to expect at a CHA instructor certification clinic and much more! You don’t have to join us the day of the webinar, as you can register and listen and watch the recording anytime!
To register for the May 29th at noon EST CHA Webinar on Understanding Insurance for the Private Horse Owner and Equine Professional – visit http://cha-ahse.org/store/categories/CHA_Webinars/
The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA-ahse.org or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you visit www.CHAinstructors.com.
News update from the American Horse Council:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that farmers and ranchers, including horse breeding farms and ranches, can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15.
The 2014 Farm bill reauthorized the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Livestock Forage Program (LFP), and the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP), which had expired in 2011. These programs are administrated by the USDA Farm Service Administration (FSA) and compensate livestock producers, including horse breeding farms and ranches, for the loss of animals from natural disasters and diseases, and help producers who have lost grazing land from drought pay for feed.
• LIP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. Eligible livestock includes beef cattle, dairy cattle, bison, poultry, sheep, swine, horses, and other livestock as determined by the Secretary.
• LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire on publicly managed land. An eligible livestock producer must own, cash lease, or be a contract grower of eligible livestock during the 60 calendar days before the beginning date of the qualifying drought or fire in a county that is rated by the U.S. Drought Monitor as D2, D3, or D4.
• ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that have losses due to disease, adverse weather, or other conditions, such as blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.
For more information or to determine your eligibility visit the FSA disaster assistance website http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=diap&topic=landing or contact your local FSA office.
Time to Ride, an initiative of the American Horse Council, has announced an aggressive grassroots effort designed to engage 100,000 new people with horses in a 100-day period.
The 100 Day Horse Challenge is a nationwide campaign intended to expose at least 100,000 new people to horses while providing $100,000 in cash and prizes to participating stables, organizations and businesses. The program will enlist 1,000 stables, horse clubs, venues, organizations, or individuals to register as an official Time to Ride “Host” and compete in the 100 Day Horse Challenge, which kicks off June 1. Participating hosts will be divided into small, medium, and large divisions by size, and challenged to provide a horse experience to as many new participants as possible. Activities may include education, riding, grooming, learning about horsemanship, and more.
“This program incentivizes the segment of our industry that can truly open the doors to a first-ever horse experience for thousands of people,” explained Patti Colbert, a Time to Ride spokesperson. “It will also educate our hosts on some best practices for growing their businesses.”
Individual cash prizes up to $25,000 as well as stable equipment, feed, veterinary supplies, and more will be awarded to the hosts that garner the greatest number of new, verified horse enthusiasts.
Editorial comment here: ApHC folks should consider signing up as an official host!
The Challenge is open to the first 1,000 hosts capable of growing the horse industry – including stables, instructors, clubs, events, recreational riders, equine service professionals, veterinarians, shows, facilities, racetracks, and more. Registered hosts will receive extensive marketing support from Time to Ride, including listing on the Time to Ride Map with special denotation as an official Time to Ride Host.
Hosts can register starting in April for the Time to Ride 100 Day Horse Challenge at www.timetoride.com. Registration deadline is May 15. For more information, please visit www.timetoride.com or e-mail Christie@timetoride.com.
Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) February 2014 Educational Monthly Webinar Series – “Risk Management – What You Need to Know about Liability, Contracts and Releases”
Thursday, February 27, 2014 – 9 a.m. PST, 10 a.m. MST, 11 a.m. CST and Noon EST
This 1.5 hour webinar will cover liabilities in the equine industry, state equine activity liability statutes, suggestions for avoiding liability, contracts, and liability releases. Examples will be shown of effective and ineffective contract language. There will be a 15 minute Q & A session at the end.
Speaker: Julie Fershtman is a Shareholder with the Michigan law firm Foster Swift (www.fosterswift.com). Her Equine Law practice is national in scope, and she handles a wide variety of disputes frequently encountered in the equine industry, including business conflicts, contract disputes, personal injury, sales disputes, partnership disputes, and many others. She also drafts contracts involving equine transactions with the goal of helping her clients avoid disputes. Her expertise includes business litigation and insurance law. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 and 2014 and is a Fellow and officer of the American College of Equine Attorneys. A frequent writer, she wrote the books Equine Law & Horse Sense; MORE Equine Law & Horse Sense; and Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers (co-author). In addition, she wrote more than 200 articles on Equine Law. Her speaking engagements span 28 states and include CHA Annual Conference, American Horse Council Annual Convention, Equine Affaire, and the National Conference on Equine Law.
Webinar – cost is $20 – To Register: http://cha-ahse.org
I’m sure many of you have been on the edge of your virtual seat waiting for the 2014 Official Handbook. Printing is later than we’d like, but the Handbook in its digital form is up on the appaloosa.com site. We’ll be posting a summary of additions and changes … soon.
The Color Breed Council’s “International Equine Judges Seminar” wrapped up last week in Tulsa. All ApHC-carded judges are required to attend the seminar once every three years. A new feature this year was the Judging Academy, sort of a preview for applicants and folks who are thinking about getting judging credentials. The program also has portions that should appeal to exhibitors who want to know more about how various classes are evaluated. And, for everyone who needs to get a better handle on how classes are scored, there is quite a bit of information and practice on scoring and scribing. Plans are already being made for next year’s academy, so stay tuned for updates.
We ended 2013 with 12,876 ApHC members. If you haven’t renewed your membership, today would be a good time. The online process is pretty simple. Be sure to get yourself and/or your horses enrolled in specific programs such as Saddle Log, Non-Pro, etc. And, we’ll take this opportunity to encourage you to recruit ONE NEW MEMBER. Appaloosa Horse Club activities aren’t much fun if we don’t have other members to share them.
Industry trends have us wondering about what the future holds for registrations and equine activities. As with most other breed associations, the ApHC numbers are more than a bit sobering. In 2013, we registered 2,654 Appaloosas. That’s almost a 30% decline over the past 10 years. Lots of theories about why and lots of legitimate concern about what role breed registries will have in the world of equine sports and recreational riding as we move ahead. For the record, we recorded 3,541 transfers and issued 250 performance permits last year. And, for those who always ask, it was almost an even split between Appaloosa X Appaloosa and Appaloosa X Outcross permits.
The Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club was a featured guest on the annual preview look at the equestrian units in the Rose Parade on January 1, 2014 presented by the hosts of Stable Scoop on the Horse Radio Network. Hosts Helena Bee and Glenn the Geek preview the upcoming parade events and gather details about the Tournament of Roses Parade and related Equestfest. View the link below to access the Episode 277 and hear Leslie Foxvog expound about how great the Appaloosa breed is.
If you desire to cut to the chase and listen to Leslie Foxvog, go to marker 19:00 in the broadcast. She is a little nervous at first (some ums, ahs) but once she gets going you’ll see it is not all about the parade it is all about the Appaloosa! And you will also find out that one of the hosts now owns an Appaloosa too!
In addition to Leslie, Jeannette Collier of the Tournament of Roses gives the latest on the 2014 Rose Parade preparations, as well as Trish and Sadie of the All American Cowgirl Chicks share their excitement on being chosen to be in the parade.
Stable Scoop Episode 277 – Show Notes and Links:
Host: Helena Bee and Glenn the Geek (see host bios)
Photo Credit: The All American Cowgirl Chicks in a past Rose Parade.
Guest: Jeannette Collier, Staff Liaison with the 2014 Rose Parade.
Guest: Trish and Sadie from the All American Cowgirl Chicks.
Guest: Leslie Foxvog of the Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club.
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The American Horse Council (AHC) is asking its member organizations, their members and the entire horse community to help in the drafting of the 2015 National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) Equine Study, which is in the preparation stages now. NAHMS is within the U. S. Department of Agriculture and is working with the National Agricultural Statistics Service to prepare for its Equine 2015 study.
The horse industry’s input is essential if this study is to address the priorities and questions the horse community has about itself. All organizations are encouraged to pass this request on to their members so that as many horse owners, breeders and stakeholders can participate in the preparation of the 2015 study goals. This important study can go a long way in filling out information gaps in equine industry data. NAHMS is seeking input through the end of 2013.
The AHC stresses that the horse community has the opportunity to help determine the objectives of the study by identifying what information it would like to know about itself. A 5-minute survey can be completed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NAHMS_Equine2015_I, which will help ensure that this is the best study possible. The survey is intended to identify the specific information that members of the horse community deem valuable. Surveys must be completed by Dec. 31, 2013. NAHMS will use the survey results to draft the parameters of its 2015 study.
This will be NAHMS’ third national study of the equine industry. It is scheduled to begin in summer 2015. Studies are conducted every 10 years, and the last one took place in 2005. Results of previous NAHMS equine studies are available at: http://nahms.aphis.usda.gov.
Any comments or questions can be addressed to Dr. Josie Traub-Dargatz at 970-494-7261 or Josie.Traub-Dargatz@ColoState.edu
The information below was provided by the American Horse Council prior to the shutdown becoming a reality. The release was positioned as a “what-if?” but it’s here now.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
One of the cornerstones of the U.S. horse industry includes the movement of horses both internationally and domestically. The horse industry relies on USDA to maintain and operate import, export and quarantine facilities for horses traveling in and out of the U.S. At this time, border inspection is deemed essential and will have no lapse in service. Import, Export and Quarantine Facilities are run on a user fee basis and will continue to operate as usual.
Testing at the National Veterinary Service Lab in Ames, Iowa will be suspended. However, tests which are pending during the shut down will be finished. All incoming tests will be suitably stored by USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service staff and processed at a later date. In case of a disease outbreak, high priority tests will be done on a case-by-case basis.
USDA is also responsible for the enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA), and the slaughter horse transport program regulations. It is likely a shutdown will impact these programs.
Many equestrians are dependant on federal land for recreational opportunities. In the event of a government shutdown, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management will close and secure park, refuge and visitor facilities on public lands. National Forest recreation sites across the U.S., which require a government employee to stay open, would also be closed to the public.
Temporary Worker Programs and Visas
The horse industry relies on semi-skilled and entry-level foreign workers provided by the H-2A temporary agricultural worker and H-2B non-agricultural temporary worker programs for many of the employment needs of the horse industry. A government shutdown would halt the processing of applications for both the H-2A and H-2B programs and delay or prevent many employers in the horse industry from obtaining workers when they are needed. Visas for foreign competitors at U.S. equine events could also be delayed.
Joining a national initiative to increase awareness of and interest in horse-related activities, The American Horse Council announces the launch of a new Website and social media platform, TimeToRide.com.
With its design based on in-depth consumer research, the site targets moms who are challenged to not only find family-friendly activities but who are also interested in finding refreshed joy for themselves. The site is a collaborative effort of ten horse organizations coordinated through the American Horse Council in Washington, D.C.
“We know American families are strapped for time with the demands of work, school, and day-to-day survival,” said Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council. “We need to make it easier for families to discover the benefits of horse-related activities.”
The new site is organized into categories that include lessons and camps, trail riding, rodeos and fairs, and events and shows. It provides links to professional resources and will build a data base of providers through an interactive map to be launched in the near future.
“The horse is a mystery to Americans living in the hustle and bustle of urban and suburban settings,” notes Hickey. “We’re hoping to show that a horse experience is accessible and certainly worth investigation.” The site will deliver general information about horses and different activities, and then make a connection to local and regional opportunities.
To generate participation and enthusiasm, theTimeToRide.com platform includes a rewards system that encourages visitors to join, visit horse-related sites, and share experiences. The rewards include merchandise delivered based points accumulated by visiting equine pages on Facebook or following various Twitter accounts. It will also offer a regular rotation of sweepstakes. The first two sweepstake offers include two tickets to the Preakness Stakes and Belmont horse races.
TimeToRide.com is the first Website and social media platform generated through a coalition of horse organizations: the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Horse Council, the American Quarter Horse Association, Dover Saddlery, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the United States Equestrian Federation and Zoetis.
The Appaloosa Horse Club is a member of the American Horse Council. Yours truly serves on the AHC Show Committee and Welfare Committee.
The Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) is proud to announce an Alliance Partnership with the Appaloosa Horse Club. These two organizations have come together to showcase how Western Dressage training, techniques and tests can benefit riders and their versatile and athletic Appaloosa horses.
Western Dressage Association® of America Alliance Partners are made up of breed and discipline organizations for the purpose of sharing educational opportunities and furthering the growth and pursuit of Western Dressage for riders and horses from all backgrounds. Alliance Partnerships work to educate equestrians to the value of using Dressage principles and progression in the development and utilization of the working Western horse. Alliance partnerships share vital information and can offer unique funding and educational opportunities in conjunction with the WDAA’s 501(c)(3) non-profit mission. Alliance partnerships often culminate with Western Dressage classes in breed shows giving riders an opportunity to showcase their relationship with their horse, while receiving feedback and in the near future competing for awards, points and recognition.
About the WDAA: The Western Dressage Association® of America is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization focused on providing a model of horsemanship which optimizes the partnership of horse and rider for their mutual benefit. The mission of the Western Dressage Association® is “to honor the horse, to value the partnership between horse and rider and to celebrate the legacy of the American West” which it focuses on through its offerings of educational opportunities and events to the equestrian community. To discover more about the WDAA, please visit www.westerndressageassociation.org
In case you hadn’t been made aware of “new” official USDA regulations, here’s a recent release from the American Horse Council regarding identification of horses involved in interstate transportation:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has instituted its Animal Disease Traceability Program (ADTP) to improve its ability to trace livestock, including horses, in the event of a disease outbreak. The new system applies to all livestock moving interstate.
Under the new federal regulations, horses moving interstate must be identified and accompanied by an Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI). The new system is built on methods of identification and movement documentation that are already employed in the horse industry, e.g., written descriptions, digital photographs, brands, tattoos, electronic identification methods, and interstate certificates of veterinary inspection. The person or entity responsible for moving the horse interstate must ensure that it has an ICVI or other document required by the new rule.
The ADTP will be administered by the states with federal support. The new rules also apply to movements to and from a Tribal area. In those cases, the Tribal authorities are involved in the system.
The new rule will be effective March 11, 2013. The American Horse Council expects that there will be a transition period during which USDA has suggested it will not enforce the new rule. This is to give livestock owners time to understand the rules and make any changes necessary to comply.
Under the new regulations, horses moving interstate must be (1) identified prior to movement and (2) accompanied by an Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) or other state-approved document. All states now require an ICVI to accompany any horse entering their state. This should make for a smooth transition to the new traceability rule since most horse owners moving their horses interstate for breeding, racing, showing, recreation, etc. should already be in compliance with the provisions in the new rule.
Identification of Horses – Horses that are required to be officially identified under the new rules may be identified by one of the following methods:
•A description sufficient to identify the individual horse including, but not limited to, name, age, breed, color, gender, distinctive markings, and unique and permanent forms of identification, such as brands, tattoos, scars, cowlicks, blemishes, or biometric measurements. In the event that the identity of the horse is in question at the receiving destination, the state animal health official in the state of destination or APHIS representative may determine if the description provided is sufficient; or
•Electronic identification (Animal Identification Number) that complies with ISO 11784/11785; or
•Non-ISO electronic identification injected into the horse on or before March 11, 2014; or
•Digital photographs sufficient to identify the individual horse; or
•A USDA backtag for horses being transported to slaughter as required by the Commercial Transport of Horses to Slaughter regulations.
Exclusions to the new requirements – Horses used as a mode of transportation for travel to another location that return directly to the original location; horses moved from a farm or stable for veterinary treatment that are returned to the same location without change in ownership; horses moved directly from a location in one state through another state to a second location in the original state; or horses moved between shipping and receiving states with another form of identification or documentations as agreed to by the shipping and receiving states or tribes involved in the movement.
The complete text of the new regulations can be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-09/pdf/2012-31114.pdf
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In case you didn’t notice, the 2013 Handbook is now available on the website.
USDA Adopts Animal Disease Traceability Program
Under the new federal regulations, horses moving interstate must be identified and accompanied by an Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI). The new system is built on methods of identification and movement documentation that are already employed by the horse industry. The new rules will be effective March 11, 2013, and will be administered by the states. Check out the American Horse Council website or the USDA site.
USDA Conducting Census of Agriculture, Including Horses
The American Horse Council wants to ensure that the American horse community is properly accounted for in the upcoming Census. Please participate. There are three ways in which horse owners can take part in the Census.
1. If a farm or ranch received a survey in the past, the farm will be mailed a survey that can be filled in and mailed back.
2. If a farm or ranch was not part of the 2007 Census and has not received a form in the mail, the owner must go to the USDA’s census website http://www.agcensus.usda.gov and register. Once this form is submitted online, a survey will be mailed to you.
3. Horse owners can also fill out the census online at the above address. Even if you plan to fill out the Census online, you will still need to register with the USDA if you have not received a form in the mail.
COMPLETED FORMS ARE DUE FEBRUARY 4, 2013.