The American Horse Council has announced that its theme for this year’s National Issues Forum is “A Healthy Horse, A Healthy Industry.” “These two concepts are co-dependent,” said AHC president Jay Hickey. “Our horses need a viable, growing industry, supported by the public, to ensure they are enjoyed and can get the best care; and fundamental to our industry is a healthy horse that can be moved interstate and internationally for breeding, showing, racing, sale and recreational riding. There are a number of continuing efforts to accomplish these goals that will be the focus of the National Issues Forum.”
Eastex (Texas Dancer TB-Tall Cotton, Easy Jet) was euthanized March 25 due to complications of old age. The 32-year-old gelding held the distinction of being the all-time leading money earning 2-year-old for 27 years, only to be overtaken by Stolis Winner in 2008. Eastex earned $1,573,622 as a 2-year-old. He raced until 5 years of age and retired with $1,869,406 from a race record of 31-13(4)-4(1)-5(3).
More than 350 of the nation’s leading middle school and high school equestrians will converge on The Coliseum at New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 to compete for top honors in Hunt Seat Classes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals (IEA). The student-riders will travel from across the United States to participate in the completion. Dover Saddlery and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) co-sponsor the championship event. The competitors represent 184 teams from eight zones throughout the United States that competed in numerous shows during the 2012-2013 school year.
On April 11, 2013, Congressmen Ed Whitfield (R-KY) introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2013. The bill is intended to strengthen the Horse Protection Act (HPA) to prevent soring. The HPA was enacted in 1970 to prohibit the showing, exhibiting, transporting or sale at auction of a horse that has been sored.
The fourth annual Gay Polo League (GPL) International Tournament, one of the most highly-anticipated events of the winter equestrian season in South Florida, gets under way Friday with two preliminary games at Grand Champions Polo Club.
The games, scheduled for 10 and 11 a.m. at the Wellington-based club owned by Marc and Melissa Ganzi, will determine the consolation and championship finalists for Saturday's extravaganza featuring polo, music, food, entertainment and ven dor tents.