AHC Encourages Horse Industry to Complete 2018 Ag Census

The USDA is a little more than one week away from the 2017 Census of Agriculture response deadline of February 5. The American Horse Council (AHC) would like to remind farmers and ranchers of the importance of their input. A national press release was sent out this week and individuals can find it, as well as past census press releases, at www.agcensus.usda.gov/Newsroom/ . Also on the census website are video messages from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, testimonials, the latest ads, and more at www.agcensus.usda.gov/Partners/.

The response rate for the census has been good across much of the United States. However, from the southeast across to Arizona, the return rate has been slightly lower compared to other parts of the country. States with lower return rates at this point are Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. It is important to note that these states have a considerable equine presence, and it is important to make the horse industry impact in these states known.

The AHC will release the National Economic Impact of the United States Equine Industry study later this month, and we are fortunate to be able to have our information come out the same year as the national agricultural census. The population figures the USDA collect, while not comprehensive, are also crucial for the equine industry and the efforts of the AHC here on Capitol Hill.

Please www.agcensus.usda.gov if you have any questions.

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Tryon to Host Carolina Classic Derby and Team USA Reining Selections for WEG

TRYON, N.C. – February 1, 2018 – Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) announced today that it will host the 28th annual Carolina Classic Derby at its facility on May 8-13, 2018, the first reining event to be held at the 1,600-acre venue.

Renamed the Carolina Classic at Tryon International Equestrian Center, the event will also host the Selection Trials for the Reining USA Team in preparation for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG), as well as the $15,000 CRI3* WEG Reining Test Event. The show’s expanded schedule also includes the Carolina Classic Open and Non Pro Derbies and Atlantic Breeders Incentive Derby along with a double slate of National Reining Horse Association ancillary classes, American Quarter Horse Association classes and USA Reining classes.

Mike Hancock, longtime producer of the event, was glad to see this next step for the Carolina Classic. “After 27 years of producing the Carolina Classic Derby, I am proud to see the event move to another level. The facility at Tryon is spectacular! I know the management team will do an outstanding job producing an event that will be exciting and fun-filled for the exhibitors. It is good to see that our history of Southern hospitality will continue!”

Mark Bellissimo, Co-Founder and CEO of Tryon International Equestrian Center said, “We are incredibly honored to be the new host of the Carolina Classic and expand our footprint to welcome Western disciplines to Tryon International Equestrian Center. With the addition of our covered arena, we look forward to delivering world-class reining competitions at our venue year-round and are very proud to launch our reining program with such a distinguished show and its impressive team.”

For more information about the Carolina Classic at Tryon International Equestrian Center, please contact Pro Management, Inc. at +1 (580) 759-2572.

Admission and parking to the Carolina Classic at Tryon International Equestrian Center is free and open to the public. For WEG tickets, event schedules or to sign up for the e-newsletter featuring the latest WEG updates, please visit www.tryon2018.com or follow @Tryon2018 on social media. Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort is located at 25 International Boulevard, Mill Spring, NC 28756.

Media InquiriesFor media inquiries about the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, please visit www.tryon2018.com or contact one of the following press officers:

National Press Officer – Carly Weilminster at cweilminster@tryonweg.com  or +1 (828) 863-1144

International Press Officer – Niki McEwen at niki@revolutionsports.co.uk or 0044(0) 203 176 0355

For more information from the FEI, please contact Shannon Gibbons at shannon.gibbons@fei.org or 0041-78-750-6146.


Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, is one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. With first-class facilities for hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing competitions, the facility will soon accommodate all eight equestrian disciplines. Tryon Resort is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at www.tryon.com.


The FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG), which are administered by the 

Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport, is the major international championship event for the eight core equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining. For more information, visit www.tryon2018.com and http://www.fei.org/tryon-2018. 


Please visit www.tryon2018.com or call (828)-863-1000 for more information on the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.

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.

AHC’s 1st Quarter Webinar to Discuss ELD Mandate

January 25, 2018 – Washington, DC – The American Horse Council (AHC) will host its 1st Quarter 2018 webinar on Monday, February 12th at 3:00 pm ET and will address the recent Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate that has caused much confusion and a lot of questions throughout the equine industry.

“We have been getting quite a few phone calls and emails with questions about the ELD Mandate and how it is going to not only affect the industry, but individuals as well,” said AHC President, Julie Broadway. “We hope that holding a webinar addressing the mandate would be a compliment to the brochures we have already put together on this issue.”

The webinar will address the details of what the ELD Mandate includes, and who is required to have an electronic logging device.  We will also discuss requirements for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), as well as what the AHC is doing to mitigate the effects of the proposed changes on the equine industry.

Both AHC members and non-members are encouraged to attend the webinar. The webinar will also be recorded and posted on the AHC website for those that could not attend. Please register online here, and you will receive an email with login instructions two days before the webinar date.

Contact: Ashley Furst

View on AHC Website


About the American Horse Council 

As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day.

The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen’s associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils.

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.

Varsity Reining Club Scholarships Awarded

For Immediate Release – January 23, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) Varsity Reining Club (VRC) encourages youth to positively impact their communities through the sport of reining and volunteerism. At the conclusion of 2017, VRC awarded more than $5,000 in scholarships to students who were the highest point earners in their respective divisions.

VRC points awarded based on participation in philanthropy, creativity, publicity and scholastic achievement. Within these primary areas of focus, participants may record activities such as photography, community service and fundraising. Participants were awarded scholarships based on their age as of January 1, 2017: Varsity (ages 14-18) or Junior Varsity (13 and under). Award winners are:

1. Grace Wilson (pictured) – Smithfield, VA – 5,190 Points
2. Casey Abbo – Woodside, CA – 4,245 Points
3. Cyann Molengraaf – Simonshaven, NL – 2,315 Points
4. Taylor Stephens – Thousand Oaks, CA – 2,229 Points
5. Cullen Le Roy – Lowell, IN – 1,545 Points
6. Taylor Masson – Davie, FL – 1,230 Points
7. Morgan Ritz – Comstock, NE – 1,215 Points
8. Olivia Klug – Columbus, NE – 1,048 Points

Junior Varsity
1. Reed Selner – Plymouth, IN – 2,555 Points
2. Shelby Lukes – Dumfries, VA – 2,470 Points
3. Reis Novaro – Davie, FL – 1,290 Points
4. Robin Foster – Strawberry Plains, TN – 1,053 Points
5. Kalena Reynolds – Whitesboro, TX – 1,020 Points

The Varsity Reining Club is free for all current NRHyA members and serves as an innovative tool to help youth become more involved at a local level while developing valuable life skills. Learn more and enroll online today at varsityreining.com.

For more information on the National Reining Horse Youth Association, please visit nrhya.com, find NRHyA on Facebook or contact (405) 946-7400 and youth@nrha.com.

LIFELINE Equine® Acquired by Stride Animal Health®


Stride Animal Health®, a division of Bluebonnet Feeds® of Ardmore, Oklahoma has acquired the rights to the LIFELINE Equine® brand of bioactive proteins.  APC, Inc., the Ankeny, Iowa supplier of the serum-based ingredient, reached an agreement with Stride Animal Health® to market and sell all LIFELINE Equine® products for the U.S. equine market, effective January 1, 2018.  “We are excited to add this unique technology to the Stride Animal Health® line, which offers innovative solutions for horses under stress and performance”, announced John Langemeier, President of Bluebonnet Feeds. A new and improved product will be marketed under the name LIFELINE+ Equine® and will replace prior products, LIFELINE Equine Elite® and LIFELINE AgeWell®.

Bluebonnet Feeds® is dedicated to the nutritional health of animals, producing some of the most advanced feed products in the equine feed industry.  Bluebonnet® was a pioneer in digestive support technologies for decades, including utilization of probiotics, prebiotics, and other unique ingredients to help animals reach their genetic potential. Bluebonnet® was prompted to develop the Stride Animal Health® line of supplements for customers who didn’t have regional access to Bluebonnet Feeds®.

Beginning with Stride® 101, one of the first equine diet balancers on the market, and Transform DSI®, the unique digestive support package in Intensify® horse feeds, the Stride Animal Health® brand was born. Stride Animal Health® offers innovative solutions that maximize health and reduce the risk of discomfort and disease. Stride Animal Health® offers natural technologies that may even serve as an alternative for drug use in some situations. Quality products that solve problems for horses are continuously being developed and added to the Stride® family which makes LIFELINE Equine® an excellent fit.

The mission of Stride Animal Health® is to utilize research and science to develop solutions that create longevity and fulfillment for your equine companion. A unique combination of FDA approved natural ingredients and exclusive manufacturing capabilities ensure integrity and efficacy of all ingredients.

For more information and to place orders, go to www.strideanimalhealth.com, visit your closest Stride Animal Health® or Bluebonnet Feeds® dealer, or call (800) 365-2456.

100 Mill St SE | Ardmore, OK 73401
P: 580-223-3010
F: 580-223-4737
E: info@strideanimalhealth.com

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