7-Day Health Certificates Required for 2019 National Reining Breeders Classic

During the Texas Winter Series at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center (GSEC) which ended February 24, two horses developed fevers of unknown origin. The facility followed its isolation protocol which requires horses with elevated temperatures to be immediately removed from the premises.

They also reached out to Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine and local veterinarians for additional guidance. After the end of the Series they learned two other horses that showed at GSEC tested positive for strep equi.

As a precaution, the upcoming GHHJA show March 9 and 10 was cancelled and the facility will complete a deep clean and sanitize the facility. Every stall and the surrounding areas will be scrubbed, rinsed, and disinfected within the guidelines provided by the consulting veterinarians.

In the immediate future, GSEC will require health certificates for all horses (showing or nonshowing) written within seven days of arrival at GSEC. The health certificate must state for the past 30 days the horse has not been treated or seen for reasons that might be associated with an elevated temperature or exhibited any symptoms associated with strep equi.

National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Secretary-Treasurer Cheryl Cody noted, “We appreciate the work Great Southwest Equestrian Center has done to insure the safety of all the horses. And even with our event not scheduled to begin for another month, we are glad to protect our horses by these enhanced measures.”

All horses must be accompanied by health papers (current Coggins, vaccination records, and health certificate) or they will not be allowed on the grounds. There will be no exceptions. Please have a printed copy of these records to give to the check in personnel.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

The Right Horse Initiative Awards $30,000 to Train Adoptable Horses

Katonah, New York – The American Saddlebred Legacy Foundation, New Mexico Horse Rescue, and Oregon Horse Rescue have been selected to each receive a $10,000 Be Mine training grant from The Right Horse Initiative, a program of the WaterShed Animal Fund. At the beginning of February, The Right Horse Initiative announced an open invitation to all equine welfare organizations to apply for three $10,000 grants to be used for training of adoptable equines.

“Lack of training can be a major barrier to adoption for thousands of good horses each year. Adoption organizations often face challenges providing training due to inadequate funding,” says Christy Counts, President of The Right Horse Initiative.

The American Saddlebred Legacy Foundation has seen a rise in young, un-started horses falling at-risk and requiring transition assistance. With the grant, they will hire a part time trainer to give young horses a correct foundation to excel in any discipline, ultimately preparing them for their next homes.

The New Mexico Horse Rescue operates out of Walkin in Circles Ranch, Inc in Edgewood, NM. The Be Mine Training Grant will fund an assistant trainer to work with volunteers to culminate in a training competition. At the competition’s end they will graduate 20-25 confident, successful volunteer horse handlers to show 20-30 well-mannered, safe horses ready to find their right homes.

The Oregon Horse Rescue 
 will launch the Second Chance Seniors program, providing training to up to 14 horses currently considered sanctuary residents that require groundwork and in-hand skills to become ready for adoption. Many of these horses require special care due to physical limitations or age but could be excellent candidates for adoption into private homes with the right training.

About The Right Horse. The Right Horse Initiative is a collective of industry professionals and equine welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition through a dialogue of kindness and respect. Through collaboration with over 50 industry and adoption partners, The Right Horse is able to innovate new and better adoption standards and practices. Together, the goal is to shatter the stigma and reframe the conversation around equine adoption in order to massively increase horse adoption in the United States. To learn more, visit www.therighthorse.org.

Editor’s note: Read more about The Right Horse Initiative’s grants by clicking here.

Contact: Christy Counts, President
christy@therighthorse.org

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IEA Expands Membership to Include 4th and 5th Grade Riders

February 9, 2019 – Columbus, Ohio – The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Board of Directors recently voted to expand membership to include 4th and 5th grade riders in the middle-school division of Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage. For the past 17 seasons, IEA has been offered only to riders in grades 6 –12.

The recently adopted rule change which will take effect beginning with the 2019-2020 Season reads as follows: Any full-time student enrolled in grades four (4) through twelve (12) during the application year is eligible to be a rider member provided they are less than twenty (20) years of age on September 1st.

With the addition of younger aged riders, the Board of Directors is also considering some changes to class offerings, but those are not yet finalized and will be released at a later date.

“We are thrilled to add 4th and 5th graders into our riding programs for next year!” states IEA Executive Director, Roxane Durant. “We started with an educational horsemanship program for these younger riders a few years ago, and there is so much demand that we are now opening our teams and competitions to them also. Giving students an earlier start to equine athletics is a great addition on every level. The earlier you find horses, the more years you will have to enjoy them!”

The 2019-2020 IEA season membership application process for new and returning teams will open in early June with competitions beginning September 1, 2019. For more information on starting a team, visit www.rideiea.org or contact Membership Marketing Coordinator, Jennifer Eaton at Jenn@rideiea.org.

About IEA:
Now in its 17th year, the IEA has nearly 14,000 members across the United States riding and coaching Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage disciplines. The non-profit (501(c)3) IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. There is no need for a rider to own a horse because the IEA supplies a mount and tack to each equestrian for competitions. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels.

For more information, please visit www.rideiea.org.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

AHP NEWSGROUP: The Right Horse Initiative Offers Three $10,000 Grants for Training

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2019

Media Contact: Christy Counts, President
christy@therighthorse.org

The Right Horse Initiative Offers Three $10,000 Grants for Training

KATONAH, NEW YORK – The Right Horse Initiative is opening applications for the Be Mine Training Grant starting February 1st. The Be Mine Training Grant will award three 501(c)3 adoption organizations $10,000 each to fund training expenses associated with preparing their horses for adoption.

Training is an important piece that prepares a horse for an adopter to say, “be mine.” Adoption organizations and rescues carefully develop training and care plans for each horse that enters their program based on each horse’s individual needs. The goal is a healthy, happy horse that is ready to succeed with their new adopter.
Sometimes a horse may need training in a new discipline, while other times the horse may need to be started as a riding horse or improve ground manners for safe handling. As important as training is to the adoption process, organizations often face challenges in getting adequate training resources. Some of the possible uses of the grant funds might include improving training facilities, sending horses to training or hiring a trainer on-site.

“We recognize that training is an important factor in preparing horses for their new home. We are looking forward to rewarding three organizations for their dedication to helping horses in transition by helping them expand their work with training funds,” said The Right Horse Initiative President Christy Counts.

All United States based 501c3 adoption organizations are encouraged to apply. Applications are available at https://therighthorse.org/2019-be-mine-training-grant/ and are due by February 14, 2019. The winners will be announced and receive funding in March.

About The Right Horse. The Right Horse Initiative is a collective of industry professionals and equine welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition through a dialogue of kindness and respect. Through collaboration with over 50 industry and adoption partners, The Right Horse is able to innovate new and better adoption standards and practices. Together, the goal is to shatter the stigma and reframe the conversation around equine adoption in order to massively increase horse adoption in the United States. To learn more, visit www.therighthorse.org.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

 Challenge Yourself and Your Horse for Better Health

SmartPak Announces Second Annual Horse Health Challenge

PLYMOUTH, MA – February 4, 2019 – It’s not too late to start those new year’s resolutions – for yourself, and your horse! For the second year in a row, SmartPak is bringing back the Horse Health Challenge, designed to help riders change their horses’ world for the better.

SmartPak created the Horse Health Challenge so that riders can make 2019 the healthiest year yet for their horse. “We love our horses like family, so we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to support the healthiest lifestyle,” said Mandy Reisman, Marketing Manager at SmartPak “We developed the Horse Health Challenge to put the knowledge of riders to the test and find the areas that can help support their horses the most. Plus, with the opportunity to win prizes, the challenge is fun and engaging!”

This year the challenge includes even more parts – 20 in total, with new topics to test your knowledge on such as knowing your horse’s vital signs, deworming smarter, and building a foundation for success. Riders can visitwww.SmartPak.com/HorseHealthChallenge to take the challenges and enter for a chance to win the Ultimate Horse Health Challenge and a $2,000 prize package!

Whether you complete one challenge, five challenges, or even all twenty, you’ll be one step closer to making 2019 your horse’s healthiest year yet! In 2018, thousands joined in on the challenge, and Brianna H. and William were the Ultimate Horse Health Challenge prize package winners. After spending 2017 battling William’s health issues, Brianna had made it her mission to give him the healthiest life possible in 2018. She took SmartPak’s Horse Health Challenge to do just that, and completed six challenges that helped give William the support he needed to look and feel his best.

Are you ready to take the Horse Health Challenge? Visit www.SmartPak.com/HorseHealthChallenge to read all of the challenges, to take quizzes that unlock exclusive offers, and to learn more about how you can enter for a chance to win the Ultimate Horse Health Challenge prize package!

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award eight years in a row, as well as receiving an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.