April 11, 2013

HITS, Inc. Unveils 2014 Ocala $1 Million Grand Prix, Introduces Triple Crown Challenge

from HITS

With two $1 million grand prix scheduled for 2013, HITS, Inc. upped the ante for 2014 by announcing the addition of a third ground-breaking class. The Ocala $1 Million Grand Prix, to be held next March and will join the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, New York and the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix in Thermal, California next year to form the Triple Crown Challenge of Show Jumping. Keep reading ...

White House Recommends Removal of Horse Slaughter Funding in Proposed 2014 Budget

from AHP

Congress could once again ban the use of federal funds to inspect horse slaughter plants in the United States if it follows the lead of the White House—a move that is strongly supported by The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI). President Obama's FY 2014 budget proposal includes a request for Congress to block spending by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect U.S. horse slaughter plants. A similar spending prohibition was put in place in 2005, which effectively shut the door to the grisly horse slaughter industry on U.S. soil. However, it was not renewed in 2011, leading to the potential for horse slaughter plants to reopen in the U.S at the expense of American taxpayers. Keep reading ...

Processing of H-2B Visa Applications Temporarily Suspended

from American Horse Council

On April 2, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it has temporarily suspended processing most petitions for new H-2B temporary non-agricultural workers. This announcement was in response to a court decision issuing a permanent injunction against certain parts of the current Department of Labor (DOL) rule governing H-2B program wage rates. Keep reading ...

Charles Wilhelm's "Ultimate Super Horse Challenge™" to be Launched at Horse Expo

from AHP

In the horse world where the typical scenario is one horse/one discipline, respected horseman Charles Wilhelm is taking another route. "I've always believed that every horse should be multi-talented, much like a versatile ranch horse," says the California trainer and clinician. "Each and every horse should be able to quietly do a variety of tasks and exercises with confidence and success. Having a Super Horse is a great goal to shoot for, and even if you don't accomplish that final 'Super Horse' level, the training process will help fill in any 'holes' in training the horse might have." Keep reading ...

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