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Harry & Snowman: Help the Story of the ‘$80 Champion’ Become a Documentary Film

June 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

West Palm Beach, FL – June 24, 2013 – The story of Harry de Leyer and Snowman is one that will be forever remembered in the hearts and minds of those who knew the “eighty-dollar champion.”

 

“Man O’ War? Secretariat?

Great they were, and are. But my heart belongs to Snowman…”

-CHICAGO TRIBUNE on June 18th, 1973

 

De Leyer & Snowman were the Cinderella story of late 1950’s and 1960’s. Snowman was an old Amish plow horse that Harry rescued off a truck that was bound for the meat and glue factory for $80. In less than two years after his rescue, they were the national show jumping champions and had become national celebrities.

 

Now, thanks to Docutainment Films, director Ron Davis and producer Karin Offield, de Leyer and Snowman’s remarkable saga will be forever commemorated in the documentary, Harry & Snowman.

 

In the documentary, scheduled to be complete in late 2013, de Leyer and Snowman’s heartfelt story will unfold through the fitting combination of present-day footage of Harry and archival footage from back in the day.

 

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“Harry & Snowman is not a niche movie about the world of show-jumping. It’s a movie about a wonderful human-interest story that will appeal to the masses the way that both Seabiscuit and Secretariat have in the past,” Davis said.

 

“Horses are fascinating creatures, beautiful and entertaining,” Offield commented. “When the story of Snowman and Harry de Leyer is told on film the viewers will be amazed. It’s a perfect story.”

 

In order to create the archival aspect of the film, Docutainment Films is seeking help from the equestrian world to help locate old film footage, stills and newspaper or magazine articles from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970′, which will be included in the film. Please visit www.harryandsnowman.com for a complete list of what information the filmmakers are seeking and how you can help, as well as a trailer for the film.

 

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Harry & Snowman caught the attention of Documentary Educational Resources, a 501(c)3 organization devoted to furthering the development of documentaries. The organization has stepped up to sponsor the film by allowing interested individuals to make tax-deductible donations toward its creation. Davis encourages those who love de Leyer, Snowman or the story to get involved and be a part of it’s development. All donors and contributors will be listed in the closing credits of the film and on the movie website.

 

Ron Davis is an award winning documentary Director and Producer who assembles Emmy® and OSCAR® nominated teams to develop and produce his films. His first feature documentary, PAGEANT, went on to garner 10 major film festival awards before premiering on The Sundance Channel in 2010. Davis recently completed his first HBO Documentary Film, MISS YOU CAN DO IT, which he directed and produced. MISS YOU CAN DO IT premiers Monday June 24,on HBO 9PM/8C.

 

To support the film visit the Documentary Educational Resources website at www.der.org/donate/#harry-and-snowman. For more information regarding this Docutainment Films ( www.docutainmentfilms.com) documentary or to send footage or stills for the film, please contact Ron Davis at ron@docutainmentfilms.com or 561-228-8885.

 

Photo Credit: Harry deLeyer jumps Snowman without reins. Photo by LIFE magazine.

Photo Credit: Harry deLeyer jumps Snowman without reins. Photo by LIFE magazine.

  

This photograph may only be used in relation to this Phelps Media Group press release. 

Cur-OST ® Nourish EQ & Human

June 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Feeling run down?  No energy? Nouvelle Research, Inc., the makers of the original line of Cur-OST® curcumin based anti-inflammatory supplements for horses is proud to announce the release of our Cur-OST ® Nourish formulas for horses and humans!

Our Cur-OST® Nourish formula provides high levels of pea protein, which is highly digestible and readily assimilated to nourish the body in addition to enhanced levels of amino acids including Glutamine, Arginine, Creatine and Carnitine.  Our Nourish formula also provides high levels of CoQ10 and Alpha Lipoic acid to support cellular energy production and provide high antioxidant support.

Together the Nourish formula for horses and humans helps to enhance overall cellular energy production by providing protein, amino acids and co-factors that are involved in ATP or energy production.  By enhancing cellular energy production we can positively impact endurance, recovery and overall performance!

Cur-OST® Nourish ingredients include:

 

Pea Protein:  Highly digestible form of protein to support tissue repair and strength.

L-Glutamine:  Provides cellular antioxidant support, helping to enhance normal glutathione levels intracellularly.

L-Carnitine: Directly involved with fatty acid metabolism and cellular energy production.

L-Arginine:  Involved in the production of Nitric Oxide, which enhances blood vessel dilatation and positively impacts blood circulation

L-Creatine:  Involved in cellular ATP or energy production, primarily muscle tissue

CoQ10:  Cofactor involved in the production of cellular ATP or energy with known benefits to the cardiovascular system and other tissues as well as potent antioxidant properties.

Alpha Lipoic Acid:  Cofactor involved in the production of cellular ATP with known potent antioxidant properties.

Our Cur-OST Nourish formula is now available for horses as well as their riders!  Helping to enhance recovery, strengthen tissue and revitalize energy levels!

For more information on our Cur-OST® Nourish Human formula visit our page link at http://www.nouvelleresearch.com/Human-Nourish.cfm.

For more information on our Cur-OST® Nourish Equine formula visit our page link at http://www.nouvelleresearch.com/EQ-Nourish.cfm

All of our Cur-OST® formulas may be viewed at www.curost.com or by calling 1-800-476-4702 for more information.

Direct inquiries to Dr. Tom Schell, the creator of the Cur-OST® line of products may be made by email to tschelldvm@nouvelleresearch.com

Texans for Polo

June 24, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Please check out our website to see what TFP is up to and is about:  www.texansforpolo.com

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The Joy of Dressage

June 23, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

www.horseandriderbooks.com

Parts One, Two, and Three

Uta Graf, Friederike Heidenhof, and Pferdia TV

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Trafalgar Square Books is pleased to announce the release of The Joy of Dressage, a three-part DVD  set from longtime equestrians Uta Graf and Friederike Heidenhof.

In this new DVD series Uta Graf explains her methods; training that respects the horse, natural living conditions in open stabling, and international-level dressage horses living in paddocks in large groups. Imparting the pleasure of riding as a joint endeavor to one’s horse is by far the most important goal in Graf’s training and equine husbandry.  Special DVD highlights include behind-the-scenes glimpses into her training concept for her top horses, plus Graf’s floodlit Grand Prix Kur with Le Noir.

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The Joy of Dressage is available in three individually priced parts:

– PART ONE: MOTIVATING THE HORSE

 1 DVD – 80 minutes – 978 3 95499 003 0 – $49.95

– PART TWO: TRAINING THE RIDER

 1 DVD – 80 minutes – 978 3 95499 004 7 – $49.95

– PART THREE: COMPETITIVE SUCCESS

 1 DVD – 60 minutes – 978 3 95499 005 4 – $49.95

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UTA GRAF has made a name for herself on the international scene through her fine classical riding style, which is particularly demonstrated during her harmonious performances. She has been a member of the B-Kader dressage team since 2011 and was on the long list for the London 2012 Olympics, Her unusual combination of ambitious dressage riding and natural horses care in groups with open stabling have made her a trailblazer of the changing attitude toward horses and dressage.  She lives with her partner Stetan Schneider at Gut Rothenkircher Hof in Kirchheimbolanden.

FRIEDERIKE HEIDENIOF has been training with Uta Graf since 2002 and has been following her competitive career since Uta’s first success at regional S-Level. Having been trained in her youth following the “old school” method, she is particularly keen to show the classical training methods are not obsolete, but are more relevant now than ever.

From despair to elation in one weekend for Halliday

June 22, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

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Liz Halliday was again dovetailing her dual sporting careers last weekend when she competed in the Lotus Cup UK at Oulton Park before travelling south for the Catton Park Horse Trials in Derbyshire.

 

Motorsport and equestrianism are two very different sports, a fact that was underlined by the dramatic change in Halliday’s fortunes over the three days…

 

Friday and Saturday were spent in Cheshire where the bad luck that has characterised Liz’s Lotus motor racing campaign was once again in evidence. This time teething problems proved the least of her and the John Danby Racing team’s worries however after Halliday’s Lotus 2-Eleven was hit by a spinning driver as they slid back across the track in front of her. Powerless to prevent a collision, the hefty impact saw Liz retire on the spot.

 

Fortunately better was to come at the Catton Park Horse Trials on Sunday where Halliday had entered Blackie (Fernhill By Night). He too had not had a great previous event, but returned to form with an excellent second place finish in the hotly contested Open Intermediate section.

 

A score of 26.4 in their accomplished Dressage test left the pair joint second heading into the Show Jumping where a clear round helped maintain their victory chances. Although a handful of Cross Country time penalties would ultimately see them finish as runners-up, Liz was nevertheless delighted with Blackie’s performance.

 

Liz Halliday: “It’s fair to say that my weekend didn’t begin well but fortunately it came good in the end. What happened in the Lotus Cup race was so frustrating because there was absolutely nothing I could do to avoid the spinning car ahead. I did my best to miss it but there was just nowhere for me to go, and the end result is that my car sustained some heavy internal damage.

 

“Gladly I was able to put that behind me on Sunday when Blackie really stepped up after some indifferent recent performances. He was on it from the start and really felt the part Cross Country. I feel like we are back on track now for the season and looking forward to the next event in a couple of weeks.”

 

Busy weekend done and dusted, Liz spent Monday travelling to France where she is due to commentate on the Le Mans 24 Hours for Eurosport. Her pitlane reporting and commentary duties mean that she’s in for a busy time throughout the race on Saturday and Sunday.

 

When she finally returns home next week, a new horse – Chaco (Cooley Ground Control – will be waiting for her at Chailey Stud. Still only five-years-old, Liz has high hopes for the yard’s newest addition.

 

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Liz is supporting pioneering medical charity Spinal Research throughout the 2013 season. For more information please visit www.spinal-research.org or contact Isabel Long on 01483 898786 / isabel@spinal-research.org.

 

Liz Halliday media enquiries to Tom Hornsby:

tom@pole.uk.com

+44 (0)20 8605 9797

www.lizhalliday.com

 

Chailey Stud enquiries to Sam Kelly:

sam@equineevents.com

+44 (0)7734 900 327

www.chailey-stud.co.uk

 

Spinal Research: Isabel Long

isabel@spinal-research.org

+44 (0)1483 898 786

www.spinal-research.org

 

ArcEquine: Steve Jenkinson

steve@arcequine.com

+44 (0)7973 427 572

www.arcequine.com

 

Andrews Bowen Ltd: Lynn Jones

lynn.jones@andrewsbowen.co.uk

+44 (0)1995 672 103

www.andrewsbowen.co.uk

 

Cyclo-ssage: Sean Hamilton

sean.hamilton@tiscali.co.uk

07785 315310

www.cyclossageequine.co.uk

 

Nupafeed:

info@nupafeed.net

+44 (0)1438 861 900

www.nupafeed.co.uk

 

Jacksons Fencing: Carla Wessel

carlaw@blueberrycommunications.co.uk

+44 (0)1233 750 393

www.jacksons-fencing.co.uk

 

Mirrors for Training: 

info@mirrorsfortraining.co.uk

+44 (0)1902 791 207

www.mirrorsfortraining.co.uk

Voltaire Design: Géraldine Gilmas

geraldine@voltaire-design.com

+1 (845) 875 4438

www.voltaire-design.com

 

LEADING EQUESTRIANS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL HELMET AWARENESS DAY 2013

June 21, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Specially Produced Videos of Support From Olympians

Lexington, KY (June 21st)- Equestrians around the globe have been pledging their support to International Helmet Awareness Day 2013, to be held Saturday June 22nd. Charlotte Dujardin, Paul Tapner, Piggy French, Courtney King-Dye, Anne Kursinski, Kitty King, Joseph Murphy, Natalie Blundell, Mary Baniuk Lauritsen, Gavin Makinson, Beatle Payne, and many others, have produced special videos to promote the event. From Tapner’s “Put Your Skid Lid On”, to Makinson’s “Pony Pants” which takes a humorous approach to the importance of hats, the videos are already notching up significant views on the Riders4Helmets YouTube Channel. No matter the approach in their video, all of the riders agree that equestrian safety is paramount.

Retailers in a record 7 countries have signed on this year to offer special discounts on helmets to equestrians on June 22nd only. You can find a participating retailer near you by visiting www.riders4helmets.com/ihad.

“Riders4Helmets will be live streaming “Get Educated” webinars on Saturday June 22nd, in which equestrians will have the opportunity to ask a variety of experts questions. All USA times are Eastern Standard Time. You can sign up for the talks at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/947493618. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early. In case you miss the live webinars, we will be posting videos of them at Riders4Helmets.com post-event.

The full list of “Get Educated” speakers includes:

  • 8am USA/1pm UK – Lisa Lazarus, General Counsel, Federation Equestrian Internationale (FEI) “The FEI Helmet Rule – Your Questions Answered”
  • 9am USA/2pm UK – Roy Burek, Charles Owen “Replacing Your Hat – What You Should Know”
  • 10am USA/3pm UK – Jon Pitts, Fit To Ride “Improving Rider Safety, Performance and Confidence”
  • 11am USA/4pm UK –  Olympian Courtney King-Dye “The Importance of Helmets”
  • Noon USA/5pm UK – Dr Richard Timms, Troxel Helmets “Equestrian Accidents: Facts”
  • 2.30pm USA/7.30 UK – Dr Lola Chambless, Neurosurgeon Vanderbilt University Medical Center “Concussion In Equestrian Sport”

Helmet brands that have committed involvement in International Helmet Awareness Day 2013 are: Aegis (Devon-Aire)Antarès Sellier FranceAussie RiderChampion HatsCharles OwenDublinGatehouseGPAIRHKEP Italia, LAS Helmets (LeslieSutcliffe.biz), One KOvationSamshieldTroxel,  TipperaryUvex and Zilco. Participating helmet brands vary by country.

For more information on the Riders4Helmets campaign, visit www.riders4helmets.com. You can also follow the campaign at www.facebook.com/riders4helmetshttp://twitter.com/riders4helmets and  http://pinterest.com/riders4helmets/.

Riders4Helmets was founded in early 2010 after Olympic dressage rider Courtney King Dye was seriously injured in a riding accident. King Dye, who remained in a coma for a month following her accident, was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, and is still undergoing rehabilitation.

International Helmet Awareness Day

June 20, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

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Houston, TX – In the saddle is a natural place to be for Keely McIntosh, a vibrant young woman with a passion for horses, equestrian sports, and a full life ahead of her.  Keely has ridden since before she could walk and competed in Pony Club before she could read. The written tests for Pony Club ratings had to be read to Keely by the older girls and the family joke is that Keely learned her letters from the dressage arena.  By age 6, Keely was showing in the Hunter ring in Welsh Pony classes.  Her riding repertoire also includes Western, Eventing, and Charity Trail Rides to benefit SIRE programs.  Today, Keely, 19 from Magnolia,Texas, is a show jumper competing in A and AA shows and, more times than not, lands in the top spot of the Amateur/Owner Show Jumping classes.  However, all her years in the saddle never prepared her for an unexpected, life-changing moment with her horse in the ring.

 

In the summer of 2012 while showing in Colorado, Keely was in a freak accident in the warm-up ring as she was preparing for the Junior AO Jumper Classic.  Keely’s beloved mount, Eddy Money, stumbled a few strides after coming over a jump, never regained his footing, fell to the ground, and landed on top of Keely.  The difference between life and death on that July day was her helmet.

 

Keely suffered a seizure and was unconscious.  She was rushed to a local hospital where it was discovered her brain was bleeding.  Upon the discovery, Keely was transferred to the University of Colorado hospital with brain surgeons waiting and preparing to perform surgery upon arrival.  Surgery was avoided as the bleeding stopped and it seemed Keely was on the road to recovery.  After a short hospital stay, she was discharged and returned home to Texas.

 

However, after her homecoming Keely’s Texas medical team found four major bruises on her brain which brought her life to a standstill.  Her doctors prohibited her from driving, she had to delay the start of her freshman year at Texas A&M, and could not ride her beloved horses.  Through perseverance, patience, and a strong-will, Keely was able to start Texas A&M in January 2013 and after seven long months, she was able to return to the show ring the following month.

 

Despite feeling a bit rusty, Keely’s skills and determination carried her into first place in two High Jr AO classes right off the bat at the Winter Series Horse Show being held at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center.  With Eddy Money, her mount at the time of the accident, she was Reserve Champion in the High Junior Amateur/Owners Jumpers and was Champion on Guess Who in the Low Junior AO at the show.  Quite a comeback for this passionate rider, but this was just beginning for Keely and her horses.

 

With her confidence regained, March 2013 found Keely competing in the 68th Pin Oak Charity Horse Show presented by Irish Day Farm.  Pin Oak, established in 1945, holds the honor of being name the first USEF Heritage Competition as well as being named a NARG Top 25 show three years in a row.  “Unreal,” is how Keely describes her return to Pin Oak after her accident.

 

Keely was unbeatable in the High Junior AO Classic both weeks of Pin Oak 2013 as she sailed into the Champion spot aboard Eddy Money Weeks I and II.  “There are no words to describe the feelings I had winning these two classics. All of the pain, the waiting, and the struggles, finally paid off and I felt like my injury could no longer hold me back, “said Keely.

 

Keely McIntosh and Eddy Money, Champion High Junior AO Classic, the 68th Pin Oak Charity Horse Show presented by Irish Day Farm, Weeks I and II.  Photography by Shawn McMillen.

Keely McIntosh and Eddy Money, Champion High Junior AO Classic, the 68th Pin Oak Charity
Horse Show presented by Irish Day Farm, Weeks I and II. Photography by Shawn McMillen.

 

This champion spirit will carry Keely through a bright 2013 summer show season which began in Tyler, Texas and will end in Kentucky before returning to college at Texas A&M in the Fall.  Keely’s recovery is not complete as she still struggles with short term memory loss, but she does not let that stop her from living life to the fullest in the show ring and out.

 

As Keely reflected on her journey, her advice to everyone who rides, no matter the discipline, is to always wear a helmet.  It saved her life and offers this perspective, “Helmets should never be an option.  There is no choice to be made as the difference between life and death could be that helmet.”

 

As the equestrian community rallies around International Helmet Awareness Day on June 22, 2013 organized by riders4helmets, Keely’s story and experience is a reminder of the importance of wearing a helmet that is properly fitted at all times when in the saddle.   The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show joins Keely in advocating for all riders to ride safe, ride smart, and wear a helmet.  Keely has many more ribbons to win and moments to cherish with her beloved horses thanks to her helmet .

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About Pin Oak:  The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show established in 1945, is the first designated USEF Heritage competition and a NARG Top 25 Show. Through the production of a world-class horse show, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show supports the healing of sick children through financial donations, outreach, and volunteer support for Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston’s Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms, and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance. Pin Oak also serves the children of the greater Houston/Katy community through community outreach and educational programs.  The 69th Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is slated for March 19-30, 2014 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center.

Biostar EQ Presents a Live Webinar, “Understanding Ingredients in Supplements and Feed- A Path to Better Health and Performance”

June 18, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Gordonsville, VA (June 18, 2013)Biostar EQ and Tigger Montague will be hosting “Understanding Ingredients in Supplements and Feed- A Path to Better Health and Performance,” a free webinar open to the public. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 25th, at 8PM EST. Tigger will be discussing and answering questions related to  reading labels, deciphering and understanding ingredients, explaining those ingredients, finding out where those ingredients come from and supplement labeling. Signup is not mandatory, but we encourage live attendance as it offers the opportunity to ask questions and be part of the live discussions. All details for the event can be found on Biostar EQ’s website. Questions will be taken during the event, but those submitted prior to the event would be most welcome. Please submit questions and any other inquiries to kat@biostareq.com.

 

Tigger Montague will be leading the discussion on the labeling of supplements and feed. Her background is extensive in nutrition including thirty years in the human and equine supplement industry, and a focus on Ayurvedic Medicine.   “Feeding horses doesn’t have to be difficult,” said Tigger. “My goal is to help break down the barriers of confusing labels and feeding programs so that individuals can provide better health to themselves and their horses. Not to mention, improved performance in the show ring.”

 

About Biostar EQ: Whole Food Supplements For Best in Class Health and Performance

Biostar EQ holds the belief that non-synthetically derived ingredients, aka whole food has positive effects on health and wellness. They support the whole food and organic food movement, and strive to bring products to horses and dogs alike who don’t have a lot of alternative options in terms of what they are being fed. Biostar EQ uses a unique system that dehydrates food into tasty bars that provide a tremendous amount of nutrients and vital food factors. Using this unique process, Biostar EQ dries their formulas at an extremely low heat, allowing for the nutrient levels to be as close as possible to eating the real thing. Taking this step into a brand new market with profound results that are organic, GMO (genetically modified) free, coal tar derivative free, petrochemical free and absent of artificial sweeteners and synthetic ingredients, Biostar EQ leads the way into natures best formulas. For more information on Biostar EQ, visit their website, or you can also connect with them on Facebook.

A Dressage Book Like No Other

June 14, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Dressage with Mind, Body, and Soul

A 21st-Century Approach to the Science and Spirituality of Riding and Horse-and-Rider-Well-Being 

Linda Tellington-Jones with Rebeccca M. Didier

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Trafalger Square Books is pleased to announce the publication of Dressage with Mind, Body, and Soul by Linda Tellingtion-Jones with Rebecca M. Didier.  Linda Tellington-Jones has worked with top dressage competitors and horses from all over the world during the course of her amazing career, which now spans more than 40 years. Through the Tellington Method, Linda has provided tools riders and trainers can use to better a horse’s attention span and ability to learn; surmount behavioral and training challenges; improve flexibility, balance, and way-of-going; and recover from injury or illness.

In the pages of this very unique book, Linda combines her understanding of horses, her world famous TTouch bodywork, her proven groundwork techniques, and her innovative methods undersaddle with exciting ideas specifically for the dressage rider and trainer. Her intriguing ways of looking at the Classical Training Scale, her tips for harnessing horses happy, healthy, and performing their best.  To demonstrate how the Tellington Method can be practically applied to the dressage horse, linda shared more than 20 problem-solving stories, featuring the world-class riders, trainers, and horses with whom she has worked.

LINDA TELLINGTON-JONES is the internationally recognized equine expert who developed the Tellington Method approach to healing, training, and communicating that can be learned and practiced by horsemen and women of all levels. She was honored as the 1994 Horsewomen of the Year by the North American Horsemen’s Association and presented with the ARICP Lifetime Achievement Award, given annually to a person who profoundly affects the equine world in a positive manner.  Linda has worked with many top dressage riders from around the world over the course of her career, including Klaus Balkenhol and his daughter Anabel; Ingrid Klimke and her father, the late Dr. Reiner Klimke; Nicole Uphoff; Kyra Kyrklund; Robert Dover; and Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, to name just a few.  REBECCA M. DIDIER is an editor and author, and a copywriter, blogger, and graphic designer, as well as a lifelong horsewomen.

House Appropriations Committee Votes to Block Horse Slaughter From Resuming on U.S. Soil

June 14, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WASHINGTON (June 13, 2013)—The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has voted to block funding for inspections at prospective horse slaughter plants, which if it survives the entire legislative process, would halt any effort to resume slaughter for these animals on U.S. soil. The committee backed, by a voice vote, an amendment to the agriculture appropriations bill offered by Reps. Jim Moran, D-Va., and Bill Young, R-Fla., to forbid spending by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on inspections U.S. horse slaughter plants in Fiscal Year 2014. A similar spending prohibition was put in place in 2005, however, it was not renewed in 2011, leading to the opportunity for horse slaughter plants to reopen in the U.S at the estimated annual expense of 5 million taxpayer dollars.

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Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following response:

“American taxpayers don’t want their money wasted on the inspection of horse slaughter plants that trade in the tainted meat of our former show, race and work horses. The federal budget is already strapped, and we thank the House Appropriations Committee for recognizing that this is one expenditure we will all do better without. Horses belong on the range or in the stable, not on a foreign dinner plate.”

Background:

  • President Obama’s proposed FY 2014 budget included a request for Congress to prevent tax dollars from supporting horse slaughter.
  • Currently, there are no horse slaughter facilities operating in the U.S., but USDA confirms it had received at least six applications from prospective abattoirs.
  • American horses are raised to be companions, athletes and work horses. They are often treated with drugs, both legal and illegal, that can endanger the food supply. There is currently no system in the U.S. to track medications and veterinary treatments given to horses throughout their lives to ensure that their meat is safe for human consumption.
  • “Kill buyers” gather up horses from random sources and profit by selling horsemeat from healthy horses that bring the best price per pound for their meat. USDA reports show that approximately 92 percent of American horses going to slaughter are healthy and would otherwise be able to go on to lead productive lives.
  • The methods used to kill horses rarely result in quick, painless deaths, as horses often endure repeated blows to make them unconscious and are sometimes remain conscious during the slaughtering process. When horse slaughter plants previously operated in the U.S., the USDA documented severe injuries to horses in the slaughter pipeline, including broken bones and eyeballs hanging from a thread of skin.
  • The Safeguard American Food Exports Act, H.R. 1094 / S. 541, introduced this year by U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Reps. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., is a bipartisan measure that would outlaw horse slaughter operations in the U.S., end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat.

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 240-751-3943, stwining@humanesociety.org

Subscribe to Wayne Pacelle’s blog, A Humane Nation. Follow The HSUS on Twitter. See our work for animals on your Apple or Android device by searching for our “Humane TV” app.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. We rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. We’re there for all animals, across America and around the world. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty – on the Web at humanesociety.org.